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  • Clay Olympics, Central St Martins, 2012. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

Learning and Participation

The Learning and Participation team promotes life-long learning in craft throughout the UK.

Our vision is that every child has a chance to discover their practical abilities, develop their creative talents, and become a maker of the future. This vision is rooted in the knowledge that craft skills lead to diverse careers and creative satisfaction throughout life.

Our passionate team offers a range of innovative programmes that engage children and young people with craft and create development opportunities for contemporary craft educators, makers and academics.

We are proud to be an Artsmark Partner organisation, and provide resources and support to help all schools build craft into their creative and cultural offer— visit our Artsmark page to find out more.

Our Craft Education newsletter shares best practice, sector news, and other opportunities— sign up here to join this growing community of practice.

Make Your Future, our flagship learning programme, is currently offering secondary schools in London, Birmingham and Leeds the opportunity to mash up digital and traditional making skills in the classroom.

Craft Club is a national network which supports communities to craft together— from crafty after school clubs to guerrilla knitting collectives.

Make:Shift:Do is our annual festival of digital making. Fab Labs, Maker Spaces, museums and galleries across the UK open their doors to offer families and young people an insight into cutting-edge digital craft.  

Young People’s Programme is a new network of 16-25 year olds who are passionate about craft and making who will  co-produce projects and events with us at Crafts Council, and have their voice heard through campaigns, youth consultancy and advocacy. 

We also offer a handling collection of world-class craft objects, dynamic events and resources to support our exhibition programme, and act as an Arts Award supporter and centre.

Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making outlines our approach to craft education and is the backbone of all our projects. The manifesto is a response to Studying Craft, a series of longitudinal research reports which has shown a steep decline in craft education including a 25% drop in participation in craft-related GCSEs. Our fourth Studying Craft will be published in October 2017.

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