On Tuesday 29 June 2021 the Crafts Council co-hosted an event presenting the findings from Making Changes in Craft an important study from Dr Karen Patel of Birmingham City University’s Craft Expertise project, in partnership with the Crafts Council. The research aims to support greater diversity in craft.
With a foreword from Rosy Greenlees, our executive director, Dr Patel highlights the challenges faced by women of colour in the sector. These include racism and microaggressions in craft spaces, the challenges presented by social media, and issues with gaining recognition as expert makers. The work is informing the Crafts Council's approach to tackling racism and inequality in the craft sector.