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  • shibori Indigo Dyeing by Lola Lely, one of our speakers at Flourish


A two-day conference for makers and designers

Flourish is our professional development conference for makers and designers taking place at Goldsmiths' Hall on 17-18 June and aimed primarily at those who have been in practice for at least 4 years.

A different set of topics and speakers will be presented each day but overall Flourish will provide:

  • Business skills, toolkits and practical sessions that makers can confidently apply to their practice
  • Inspiration, case-studies and real-life experience from industry experts
  • The chance to connect with other makers and creative professionals to build networks and create exciting opportunities

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Our speakers include Lulu Lytle, co-founder of Soane Britain who will be delivering the keynote speech; Ross Lovegrove acclaimed international designer, pioneer in innovation in design and multiple award-winner; Morag Myerscough prolific multi-disciplinary designer who has made work for Design Museum, Formula 1 and Venice Biennale to name but a few; Felicity Aylieff Senior Tutor in ceramics & glass at RCA and artist of international standing recognised for her large-scale ceramics and many more.

See our full list of speakers

Topics include: how to grow a brand, strategic ways to increase income, how to interact with collectors, sustainability in design, how collaborations can help creative businesses and many more

See our full list of topics


Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day

Light lunch of sandwiches will be provided


Goldsmiths' Hall
Foster Lane


Directory makers get 10% off tickets! Get your discount here.

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Access Fund
The Crafts Council recognises the importance of providing a business development conference that is accessible to all makers, including those with disabilities. Our new access fund provides up to 20 people with a 70% reduction on the two-day full price ticket. We will consider all applications and allocate accordingly.  To apply please email us at makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk so we can consider your request. We aim to respond to each individual application in a timely and responsive manner. 



Click below to see our list of topics and speakers


Topics at Flourish will include:

  • Strategic ways to generate income for your practice
  • How to outsource elements of your creative business
  • How to engage with collectors
  • How to connect and maintain relationships across borders
  • How craft and makers could find scope to work with corporations
  • Benefits of social media engagement and how can it help makers sustain an income
  • How to find your own craft language and stand out from the crowd
  • Why collaboration can be beneficial: both rewarding creatively and financially
  • How to get more commissions
  • Working internationally
  • How to grow your brand
  • How to think differently about your approach to your practice to generate sustainable ideas
  • The logistics of growing a team
  • Business growth and market opportunities
  • Intellectual property and how to protect your business
  • Legal issues for creatives

Speakers & Agenda

Monday 17th June

10.00  Arrival and register, tea/coffee

10.30 Our Host: Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council

11.00 Keynote: Lulu Lytle, co founder of Soane Britain

11.45 Panel 1: Beyond Boundaries - international trade opportunities
(a discussion on the opportunities and potential pitfalls to avoid in working overseas)

12.40 Lunch (light lunch of sandwiches will be provided)

13.40 Sheridans Law – introduction to their company

13.50 Panel 2: Preparing for new borders - live streamed
(a discussion and vital top tips on the practicalities for growing your business with no borders)

14.40 Break – tea/coffee

15.10 Panel 3: Craft Futures
(a discussion on the opportunities for craft today to maximise your earning potential)

16.00 Break Out sessions

1. Craft product vs craft experience

  • Saskia Boersman and Rosie Wolfenden leading this

2. Legal issues for creatives and innovation

  • Stephanie Lavington, an Associate at Sheridans in the Intellectual Property, Interactive, Brands and Digital Media Groups

16.50 ​Roundup of break out sessions

17.20 Finale thank you from day one

17.30 Finish day one

Tuesday 18th June

10.00 Arrival – tea/coffee

10.30 Welcome, our Host, Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council offers reflections from day one with Natalie Melton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

11.00 Resilience in your practice

11.35 Hot Topic: Work/Life Balance

  • Yunus & Eliza (Jewellers) in conversation with Jill Read, Head of Communications, Crafts Council

12.10 Hot Topic: Sustainable Design

12.45 Hot Topic: Collaboration

13.20 Lunch (light lunch of sandwiches will be provided)

14.20 Panel: Articulating your unique selling point (USP)
(a discussion on how to uncover, clarify and articulate your distinctiveness)

15.10 Break – tea/coffee

15.40 Working groups: Visualising Your Future
(a facilitated session to help shape your business actions into reality)

17.00 Finale discussion

17.30 Finish

Useful Information

Date and Time:
17 - 18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day

Goldsmiths' Hall
Foster Lane

Tube: Goldsmiths’ Hall is a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station (Central line) and within ten minutes’ walking distance of several other stops: Bank, Mansion House, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Barbican.

Bus: Routes 8, 11, 25, 100, 242 and 501 all stop nearby.  For more information on tube and bus travel, visit the Transport for London website.

Rail: There are many National Rail stations within a short walk: City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Moorgate and Cannon Street.  For information on rail services, visit the National Rail website.

Parking: There is no parking onsite.  The nearest car park is located at 23 London Wall, London, EC2V 5DY.  More information can be found on the City of London website including designated disabled parking bays. 

Goldsmiths' Hall is accessible including:

  • Step-free access
  • 1 Wheelchair available
  • Disabled toilet
  • Hearing loops available
  • Lift

Please let us know in advance if you require assistance by emailing makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk.

Will food be provided?

We will provide a light lunch and tea and coffee at the start of the conference and during the afternoon break.

Unfortunately we are unable to allow delegates to bring their own lunch onto the premises.

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