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Opportunities from Craft Scotland

Free Craft Directory Profile until March 2021

Closing date: 31 Aug 2020

Following on from our COVID-19 Impact Surveys, Open Forum and other feedback from the sector, Craft Scotland understands the significant economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on makers’ incomes. Your feedback also showed an increased need for online promotion and support with reaching digital audiences.

In response, Craft Scotland is delighted to offer free maker profiles on our Craft Directory for the next 8 months if you apply during August. One of our aims is to promote the best in contemporary Scottish craft from makers and craft destinations to national and international audiences. 

Our Craft Directory has always been a key part of this strategy, and your maker profile will allow you to showcase your practice to an engaged and growing audience. We are keen to promote even more makers across Scotland and showcase the breadth of craft happening today.

Normally £49, if you apply during the month of August you will have a free profile for the duration of this offer (ends 31 March 2021). 

We are thrilled to extend this offer to those renewing/reactivating their profile, and those whose applications are currently being processed.

Image: Frances Priest / Photography by Shannon Tofts
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Maker Testimonials


"I wanted to join the Craft Directory so that I could belong to a well regarded resource and be accessible to an audience seeking Scottish crafts. Being part of the Craft Directory gives me recognition as respected maker. As a result of being on the directory I received a commission to make lamps for a well known boutique hotel in London." - Viv Lee, ceramic artist

"The comprehensive directory from the prestigious Craft Scotland organisation validates and promotes us as quality Scottish makers across all craftwork disciplines." - Daniel Lacey, furniture maker

"Through the directory my work came to the attention of curator Jean Blanchaert who selected a piece to be included in the inaugural Homo Faber held in Venice 2019. I was thrilled to be a part of the Best of Europe exhibition alongside an outstanding selection of makers. This opportunity has now developed into inclusion in the Homo Faber guide which is due to launch on 17 September 2020." - Frances Priest, ceramic artist

Craft Directory Benefits:  

  • Join a vibrant community of makers and craft venues creating work in Scotland
  • Access a new online audience of curators, buyers, academics
  • Increased online visibility with visually enhanced portfolio featuring your work, story and events on our website which receives 10,000+ hits per month
  • Each month, we select Craft Directory makers on a different theme to be featured on the Craft Directory landing page, email newsletter and social media. We also select one maker to be featured on our website’s homepage per month 

Jorum Craft Award

Closing date: 10 Aug 2020

The Jorum Craft Award (£500) provides funding to assist with development of a maker’s creative practice, including but not limited to research and development of a new piece of work, project or collection. The Jorum Craft Award is supported by Jorum Studio, in association with Craft Scotland.

Image: Juli Bolaños-Durman, Wild Flowers Group / Photography by Shannon Tofts
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Support

Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund
Closing today: 31 Jul 2020
The Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund is a new £25 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) support fund provided by the Scottish Government and will be managed by the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise.

Opportunity provided by: Scottish Government & Scottish Enterprise
Location: Across Scotland

Support for the Self-Employed (extended) 
Closing date: Aug 2020
This UK Government scheme was created in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and aims to support people who are self-employed or a member of a partnership and who have lost income due to the pandemic. This scheme is being extended. You’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant in August 2020. 

Opportunity provided by: UK Government
Location: Across the UK

Awards & Competitions

Reimagining Museums for Climate Action
Closing today: 31 Jul 2020
In the lead-up to COP26, Museums for Climate Action invite concept and design proposals that radically reimagine the museum as an institution to help shape meaningful climate action. 

Opportunity provided by: Museums for Climate Change
Location: Across the UK

i-D and ARTSTHREAD Global Design Graduate Show 2020
Closing today: 31 Jul 2020
As a response to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) related end of year showcase cancellations, i-D and ARTSTHREAD have launched a global graduate showcase initiative for the class of 2020. 

Opportunity provided by: i-D & ARTSTHREAD
Location: Across the UK

The John Byrne Quarterly Award
Closing today: 31 Jul 2020
The John Byrne Quarterly Award is a free, online exhibition, competition, and community, welcoming people who seek a deeper understanding of the values that drive our beliefs and actions.  

Opportunity provided by: The John Byrne Award
Location: Across Scotland

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021
Closing date: 26 Aug 2020
Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 is a major award for five early-career UK-based artists and makers to develop and present ambitious new works.

Opportunity provided by: Jerwood Arts
Location: Across the UK

Open Call: Design in an Age of Crisis
Closing date: 31 Aug 2020
London Design Biennale want to hear your radical design thinking about the world you want to live in. 

Opportunity provided by: London Design Biennale
Location: Across the UK

Conferences & Maker Training 

Creative Informatics Partnership Forum 2
Event date: 5 Aug 2020
Join Creative Informatics for the next Creative Informatics Partnership Forum, to share your feedback on the programme and hear about their future plans.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Informatics
Location: Online


Creative makers wanted – time capsule design
Closing date: 14 Aug 2020
Scottish Book Trust is seeking expressions of interest for the design and build of a physical time capsule, launching at Book Week Scotland 2020.  

Opportunity provided by: Scottish Book Trust
Location: Edinburgh 

Exhibit & Sell

Open Call: Summer 2020 Exhibition
Closing today: 31 Jul 2020
Artists who have graduated within the last five years are invited to apply to GRADCURATE's Summer 2020 exhibition.

Opportunity provided by: GRADCURATE
Location: Across Scotland


BFC Foundation Fashion Fund for the Covid Crisis: Round 2
Closing date: 7 Aug 2020
British Fashion Council - BFC Foundation Fashion Fund for the COVID-19 crisis has been established to support creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the Coronavirus crisis. 

Opportunity provided by: British Fashion Council - BFC Foundation
Location: Across the UK

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funding
Closing date: 24 Aug 2020
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust offers funding of up to £18,000 to talented and aspiring makers working in a broad range of skills.

Opportunity provided by: Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
Location: Across the UK

Research & Promotion

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Creative Business
Closing date: 14 Aug 2020
To help promote British craftsmanship, Handmade in Britain need your input to make their services better. This short questionnaire will only take 2 minutes of your time.

Opportunity provided by: Handmade in Britain
Location: Online

Stories from the Sector
Rolling deadline
We would love to share more inspiring stories from the sector and promote your practice. Send information/images about your news, awards, collaborations to hello@craftscotland.org.

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland
Location: Online

Send us your craft-related videos: we’re looking to update our Craft.TV section with exciting craft-related videos from the sector.

Watch studio insights into Joanne Thompson and Richard Goldsworthy's practices.

Email hello@craftscotland.org.

Photography by Thomas William on Unsplash