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Crafts Council & Artisa Foundation Curator Fellowship

Group of Works, Lucie Rie, 1970-1980. Photo: David Cripps


The Crafts Council and Artisa Foundation are looking for an individual or collective to become our first curatorial Fellow/s.  The Fellowship will run from January to June 2020.

The Fellow will research and present an ambitious public output that will challenge perceptions about craft and making using our Collections as the starting point.  It will be one of the first projects to be presented at the Crafts Council following its opening in Spring 2020.

Objects in the Crafts Council Collections date from 1972 to present day and cover all craft disciplines. They represent excellence in craft making, defined in its widest sense, from its interface with cutting-edge design to its crossover with fine art.

We want the Fellowship project to reveal the stories within our Collections that have not been addressed and acknowledged sufficiently in the past, and critically we want to present diversity of voice and practice.  We are looking for individuals with new perspectives, inquisitiveness and a resourceful, collaborative and inclusive mindset.

The output could be object-based exhibition or something more alternative, but it will challenge, delight and connect to the public and it will take place within the Crafts Council space including the forecourt in London in July 2020.

This is an exciting opportunity to build on the progressive and pioneering reputation of Crafts Council exhibitions over our 48-year history.

The Artisa Foundation is a charity that fosters professional development in the arts, working with universities, museums and other cultural bodies to develop new awards, fellowships and residencies that can support creative talent and innovation.

How to Apply

Please read all the information on the Craft Curator Fellowship Open Call send the following to fellowship@craftscouncil.org.uk by 5pm, Monday 4 November 2019:


Applicants must UK based and/or legally entitled to work in the UK for the full period of the Fellowship.

This Fellowship is open to practicing curators, either individuals or affiliated with an institution, with demonstrable professional experience

Guranteed Interview Scheme

The Crafts Council is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity. We particularly encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in contemporary craft, including disabled applicants and applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. 

We guarantee to interview any disabled applicant, and/or any applicant who identifies as BAME, whose application demonstrates professional experience relevant to the Fellowship

If you wish to apply under the scheme, please indicate this on the Guaranteed Interview Scheme section on the personal information form.


Applications are reviewed anonymously for our shortlisting process. We do this to ensure a fair selection process. Selectors are only able to see your statement and research proposal outline.  


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