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A two day conference on 18-19 June 2019 to ignite your creative business ambitions

Flourish is the Crafts Council's biennial two-day professional development conference for makers and designers; primarily for those who have been in practice for five or more years.

It is a great oportunity to share, debate, network and go home with a set of action points and links to help cultivate and shape their creative practice. 

The first Flourish took place in 2017 and was a huge success. The next Flourish will be taking place on 18-19 June 2019.

It has been a ‘EUREKA’ moment of inspiration to peruse my own craft as a business. It’s given me confidence to ask


Topics for 2019 Include:

  • Marketing and Social Media: How to make your work stand out
  • Working with Galleries
  • Working with Manufacturers
  • Ways to increase sales
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • Packaging and Shipping: How to make your work safe in transit
  • Commissioning
  • Understanding the best pricing for your work
  • Best ways to present applications
  • How to pitch your work
  • How to grow your workforce
  • Making for the commercial sector
  • Working internationally
  • Residencies
  • Employment Law
  • Maintaining credibility on large scale production
  • Protecting your business - Creating a proactive IP Strategy for growth post Brexit

Our speakers are a carefully selected group of experienced makers, designers and industry professionals, see our 2017 speakers below.

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Flourish 2017 Speakers

  • Alex Booker, Artist and Printmaker
  • Andrew Foxall, Creative Director, Foxall Studio.
  • Andy Marshall, Crafts Council Trustee and Group Managing Director, Immediate Media Co.
  • Angel Monzon, co-founder of Vessel Gallery
  • Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
  • Barbara Gunter-Jones, Textiles and Creative Industries Consultant Specialising in Contemporary Craft
  • Ben Franklin, UK Operations Manager of the Fine Art division of G4S international logistics
  • Ben Reynolds, Managing Director, VISIX, Making Websites Better
  • Charles Dedman, Furniture
  • Christian Manz, Creative Director and VFX Supervisor Framestore, Film, award winning special effects artist.
  • Christine Zembrzuski, Intellectual Property Solicitor, Briffa
  • Claire Curneen, Ceramics
  • Clare Cumberlidge, Founding Director, Thirteen Ways
  • Deborah Lynch Doyle, Trade Advisor, Department of International Trade
  • Dids MacDonald OBE, CEO, ACID (Anti Copying in Design) 
  • Dr Gian Luca Amadei, Programme Manager, Design, British Council
  • Emily Gardiner, ceramics 
  • Emily Johnson, 1882 Ltd
  • Emma Gray, Senior Lawyer Linklaters Law Firm
  • Giles Miller, Surface, Material and Sculptural Work
  • Gill Lambert, AOC Architecture.  
  • Helen Johannessen, ceramics 
  • Helen Kemp, Founder, Just Got Made
  • Hugh Millar, Furniture
  • Jennifer Collier, Paper & Textile Artist
  • Jill Read, Head of Communications, Crafts Council.
  • Julia Ravenscroft, Collect Open Project Curator, Crafts Council
  • Keith Brymer Jones, Potter
  • Laura Carderera, Residency Programme Leader, V&A Museum
  • Lynne Elvins, Design Strategist and Project Manager, Design Rally
  • Margo Selby, Textiles.
  • Mel Howse, architectural art and glass
  • Naomi Korn, IP Consultant & Managing Director,  Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy Ltd
  • Ndidi Ekubia, Silversmith
  • Nitin Goyal, Founder and Creative Director, NGL Limited
  • Oscar Lhermitte, Product Designer
  • Paul Hanegraaf from Milligan, introducing delegates to Creative Trade
  • Rosy Greenlees OBE, Executive Director, Crafts Council 
  • Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programmes, Creative United.
  • Silvia Weidenbach, Jewellery