Demonstrating true leadership during the pandemic, she convened makers and the wider sector to identify the most immediate priorities and, critically, to try and keep small businesses afloat.
Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020 she also acknowledged that the Crafts Council was a systemically racist organisation. This had led to profound change at the charity, with social justice and the climate crisis now driving our activity.
With the Crafts Council celebrating its own milestone anniversary of 50 years, Rosy leaves the organisation with a new sense of purpose and energy. The new Crafts Council Gallery is at the heart of the values that she has championed for the organisation: open, accessible, democratic and inclusive. It offers inspiration and provocation for makers, and encourages those new to craft to make, experiment and connect. It’s a blueprint that Rosy has championed, and one that we, the Crafts Council staff, feel proud to honour.