Make Your Future is a hands-on programme that is reinvigorating craft in schools
Make Your Future brings together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and tackle some of the challenges faced by craft education.
The project is shining a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge which draws together science, technology, and creative subjects. In the project’s first two years, Birmingham schools have worked with Birmingham City University’s world-class School of Jewellery to explore techniques ranging from saw piercing to electro-etching and pewter casting. A focus on Yorkshire’s rich textiles heritage has seen schools paired with Leeds University's School of Design and Leeds Arts University experimenting with techniques including machine knitting, weaving, hand-dyeing, screen printing, and CAD. At Central St Martin’s, West London schools have developed new ceramics techniques ranging from hand-building and glazing to innovative digital processes.
Art and DT teachers are at the heart of the project; they work with our HEI partners to learn new craft skills, enriching their own creative practice and bringing new approaches into the classroom. Professional makers work alongside teachers to carry out audits of school equipment, put under-used resources to work and deliver cutting-edge workshops that offer students new experiences of making. We’re also offering some schools the chance to accredit students' work with Arts Award.
If your school isn't in one of our Make Your Future regions we'd still love you to be involved. The project is producing a wealth of resources to enrich your school’s craft offer, including session plans, teacher resources, careers resources, and support for schools working towards Artsmark. You can download them all from our Artsmark page, and get in touch if there’s something specific you’d like us to request support with. Our long-term goal is to work in partnership to deliver Make Your Future in other regions— let us know how we might work together to achieve this.