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  • Ndidi Ekubia in her studio at Cockpit Arts, Deptford. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian, © Crafts Council

Overview: Talent Development Support

Supporting makers across the UK

Talent is everywhere, but everyone needs a helping hand to reach their potential. The Crafts Council provides support for professionals within the craft sector from makers to craft curators and galleries. We encourage makers and curators to be ambitious, take risks in their practice and expand their artistic, technological and geographic horizons to deliver the highest quality work to the widest audiences.

We’ve supported the success of leading British makers over five decades. Crafts Council offers everything from bite-sized workshops to year-long programmes, for makers who are just starting out to those already well-established. We cover the essential topics for running a successful practice and craft business so makers can make the most of their talent, setting a standard for excellence and driving increased ambition and aspiration through the sector.

Talent Development Business Workshops and Masterclasses take elements from our existing programmes, as well as new features in response to needs from makers, to assist with business growth. 

One to one advice sessions are our bespoke advisory hour long sessions with one of our Talent Development Managers. Tailored to makers needs and fully confidential the sessions are for makers to discuss ideas or concerns about their creative practice.

Hothouse the Crafts Council’s national programme of creative and business development, tailored to the needs of diverse, ambitious and talented emerging makers. Developed with a varied network of leading UK craft and design organisations, Hothouse provides emerging makers with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful creative business and build professional networks when they are needed most, at the start of a career.

Fellowship launching in 2019 is a programme for established makers which provides tools to develop their aspirations for growth and embed sustainability and resilience within their business practice. 

Portfolio ran from 2011-2014 and offered makers opportunities to develop their creative practice and professional portfolio through open collaborations with other professonals including technologists, engineers and scientists.

Participants in all Talent Development programmes take part in on-going evaluation at key points during the programme and beyond in order to capture their journeys and outcomes. The information gathered helps us map the growth in the sector and provide advocacy to ensure all programmes maintain their relevance and impact. 

Flourish is a two day conference presented by the Crafts Council to ignite your creative business ambitions

The first Flourish conference took place from 19-20 June at Armourers Hall. It was a chance for professional makers to share, debate and network and to go home with a set of action points and links to help cultivate and shape their creative practice. 

Next Flourish conference will be held in June 2019

All the Talent Development programmes and initiatives are delivered in partnership. Visit Partner Us for more information.