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A two day conference at Goldmsiths' Hall, London, from 17-18 June 2019 

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 at least four years.

It is a great opportunity to connect with other makers and creative professionals, give you invaluable industry insight and advice, and a set of resources that you can confidently bring to your practice.

Topics for 2019 include marketing, branding and social media, ways to increase sales, creating a sustainable practice, how to grow a team, legal advice and much more.

Early bird tickets are available until 16 May!


Flourish Programme

Day one - 17 June

Externally looking to maximise your earning potential by seizing opportunities

10.00   Arrival and register, tea/coffee

10.30   Welcome

10.40   Crafts Council welcome 

11.00   Keynote speaker

11.45   Panel: Beyond boundaries – international trade opportunities. A discussion on the opportunities and pitfalls when working overseas

12.40   Lunch (a light lunch of sandwiches will be provided)

13.40   Sheridans Law – introduction to their company

13.50   Panel: Preparing for new borders - vital top tips on the practicalities for growing your business with no borders. Live streamed.

14.40   Break – tea/coffee

15.10   Panel: Craft Futures. A discussion on the opportunities for craft today to maximise your earning potential

16.00   Two break out sessions

1: Craft experience vs craft product

2: Legal Issues for Creatives

16.50   Roundup 

17.30   Finish 


Day two - 18 June

Internally looking at your practice to help you overcome barriers and boundaries

10.00   Arrival – tea/coffee 

10.30   Welcome 

10.40   Reflections from day one with Crafts Council 

11.00   Keynote speaker

Three makers share their experiences in running their businesses:

11.35   Hot Topic: Work life balance

12.10   Hot Topic: Sustainable design

12.45   Hot Topic: Collaboration

13.20   Lunch (a light lunch of sandwiches will be provided)

14.20   Panel: Articulating your USP. A discussion on how to uncover, clarify and articulate your distinctiveness

15.10   Break – tea/coffee

15.40   Working groups: visualising your future with Lesley Shepperson

17.00   Roundup 

17.30   Finish


Your Delegate Pack

On the day you will receive a structured toolkit for you to popularise with notes, ideas, actions and useful tips that will help you now and in the future.


Previous speakers include...

  • Andrew Foxall, Creative Director, Foxall Studio.
  • Christian Manz, Creative Director and VFX Supervisor Framestore, Film, award winning special effects artist.
  • Claire Curneen, Ceramics
  • Dids MacDonald OBE, CEO, ACID (Anti Copying in Design)
  • Emily Johnson, 1882 Ltd
  • Helen Kemp, Founder, Just Got Made
  • Keith Brymer Jones, Potter
  • Nitin Goyal, Founder and Creative Director, NGL Limited
  • Margo Selby, Textiles.
  • Laura Carderera, Residency Programme Leader, V&A Museum
  • Lynne Elvins, Design Strategist and Project Manager, Design Rally
  • Rosy Greenlees OBE, Executive Director, Crafts Council
  • Silvia Weidenbach, Jewellery