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Craft Week Scotland | 9 - 15 November

Craft Week Scotland: 9 - 15 November 2020

Discover Scotland’s talented makers and vibrant craft destinations during Craft Week Scotland, taking place in-person and online. 

Craft Week Scotland is a new experience from Craft Scotland spotlighting makers and sharing what’s happening across the country including a wide selection of Associated Events, Christmas gift ideas, and a series of online panel talks.

As this unprecedented year comes to a close, Craft Scotland would like to take this opportunity to celebrate Scottish contemporary craft during the run up to Christmas. 

One of Craft Scotland's key aims as the national development agency for craft is to promote high quality contemporary craft practice locally, nationally and internationally. We want to encourage Scotland to shop handmade and local during this festive period, and we are keen to showcase this country's talented craft community. 

You can delve into the full programme of Craft Week Scotland events on our popular What's On section.

Explore Scotland's vibrant craft community with our Craft Directory, where you can learn more about craft destinations and delve into makers practices and visual portfolios. 

Craft Week Scotland has been featured in The Herald (read the full interview with makers including Patricia Shone) and Art Mag (read online). 

Join the conversation: InstagramTwitter and Facebook #CraftWeekScotland

Explore Craft Week Scotland

Associated Events

With over 30 Craft Week Scotland Associated Events hosted by makers, collectives and craft destinations there's lots to see and do. 

Various dates between 9 - 15 November 2020.

In-Person Events

Eager to get out and about? Why not enjoy these socially distanced events, workshops and exhibitions all across Scotland.

Go behind the scenes with open studio events from Sea Drift Pottery (Dunoon), weaver Louise Oppenheimer (Lochgilphead), textile designer Nielanell (Shetland), Holly Loch Pottery (Dunoon) and woodworker Duke Christie (Forres).

Festive shopping experiences include Christmas Shop pop-up by Ann Shearer and Sheila McDonald (Edinburgh) and stop by Welcome Home (Glasgow) for their TUFT X Welcome Home concept window, selection of craft and design and special discount for the week or Tea Green Pop Up Design Store at V&A Dundee.

Explore Scotland-based makers' craftmanship with these exciting exhibitions: Coburg Craft Week (Coburg House, Edinburgh), Captured Light – Interior Architectural glass (Tent Gallery, Edinburgh), Stevi Benson: Fragile Nature (The Barn, Banchory) and Winter Exhibition 2020 (The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright).

Learn a new skill with these engaging craft workshops: Introduction to Mosaics with Helen Miles (Edinburgh), Painting on Glass with Glass Lab (Edinburgh), Beginners Jewellery with CSSJ (Dunblane), Silver Casting with The Smiddy (Banff) and Textile Techniques with Blessed Unrest (Edinburgh).

Online Events

Enjoy these Craft Week Scotland events and shopping experiences from the comfort of your home. 

Festive shopping experiences include jeweller Caitlin Hegney launching her new collection Constellation and special offers from sustainable jeweller Eleanor Symms and East Neuk Makers Online Christmas Pop Up.

Collaborative Curiosity, is an online exhibition of Blown Glasswork by maker Gillian McFarland, in collaboration with Graeme Hawes, with new pieces being added daily. 

Virtual studio tours include ceramicist Patricia Shone's opening the doors to her new studio in Shetland, jeweller Genna Delany hosting an online tour and demo of 3D printing, and you can book your own special online tour and handweaving demo from weaving studio Araminta Campbell.

You can Meet the Makers behind new collective Craft-Ed on Instagram and take part in a one-off online shopping channel with QCV from Stefanie Ying Lin Cheong and Morven Mulgrew.

Online events and talks include mosaic artist Helen Miles about the History of British Mosaics and explore the collaborative relationship between Makers & Manufacturers from V&A Dundee's expert panel. 

Craft & Cultural Conversations

Join Craft Scotland for a series of Craft & Cultural Conversations across Craft Week Scotland. Placing craft in a cultural context, these free talks will explore current social themes with a wide range of speakers.

Connecting Communities Through Culture

1pm, Mon 9 Nov 2020 

Hosted by Craft Scotland's Irene Kernan, Director, and Tanwen Llewelyn, Programme Coordinator (Learning), with an introduction to Craft Week Scotland by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture.

This launch event will feature community leaders and experts discussing their craft, design and cultural projects and what community means to them. Speakers include Gehan Macleod founder partner of GalGael Trust, Gerald Richards Chief Executive of Super Power Agency and Arabella Harvey Director of Round Table Projects

Learn more about the event and speakers

BOOK: Free, ticketed (via Zoom)

COMPASS: Selling Craft from a Maker Perspective

11am, Tue 10 Nov 2020 

In this professional development event for makers and craft professionals, three Scotland-based makers will speak about how the pandemic has affected their practice and how to identify alternative selling routes during the pandemic, including selling online, directly through Instagram and #artistsupportpledge.

Gain valuable insights from jeweller/designer Stefanie Ying Lin Cheong, designer Alan Dibble of Green Thomas, and ceramic artist Frances Priest.

Learn more about the event and speakers

BOOK: Free, ticketed (via Eventbrite)

Meet the Makers: Routes into Craft

1pm, Wed 11 Nov 2020

Hear from an exciting selection of Scotland-based emerging makers as they guide you through their work and varied career paths. Makers include Adrienn PestiBorja MorontaDaniel FreyneDaniela GrozaElaine WilsonGillian StewartKate McLachlan and Mariam Syed.  

Learn more about the event and speakers

BOOK: Free, ticketed (via Zoom)

Supporting Scottish Contemporary Craft

3pm, Thu 12 Nov 2020

Highlighting the Scottish craft ecosystem, Craft Scotland's Director, Irene Kernan, is joined by Judith Harris (TOAST), Susanna Beaumont (Design Exhibition Scotland / DES), Miranda Harvey (Cordis Prize), and Euan McColl and Chloe Mullen (Jorum Craft Award) to illustrate some of the inspiring programmes and awards available to support Scotland-based makers. 

Learn more about the event and speakers

BOOK: Free, ticketed (via Zoom)

Craft & the Circular Economy

11am, Fri 13 Nov 2020 

This panel talk, featuring key figures in the world of sustainable and ethical making will focus on the circular economy and the ways craft and makers can incorporate circular values and approaches in their work. Chaired by Mary Michel, former Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Founder of Ostrero, the conversation will consider how craft can have a positive and innovative voice in the climate debate. 

Learn more about the event and speakers

BOOK: Free, ticketed (via Zoom)

Crafting the Museum

3pm, Sat 14 Nov 2020 

This is an interesting and exciting period for museums and galleries with the recent re-opening of the Aberdeen Art Gallery and new Directors appointed at V&A Dundee and National Museums Scotland. These changes are happening within the context of the positives and challenges faced by the creative sector due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and societal movements.

An in conversation hosted by Craft Scotland's Catherine Holden, Chair of the Board, with Leonie Bell (Director, V&A Dundee), Chris Breward (Director, National Museums of Scotland) and Christine Rew (Art Gallery & Museums Manager, Aberdeen Museums & Galleries). The panel will be discussing how they see their programmes developing in future years and what the future of the craft sector looks like.

Learn more about the event and speakers

BOOK: Free, ticketed (via Zoom)