Saturday 6 May 2017, 10.00am to 4.30pm
Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
Kaffe Fassett, worldwide authority on textiles and colour will be speaking at the Heritage Crafts Association’s conference on Saturday 6 May, 10.45–4.30pm at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE.
Kaffe kicks off a spectacular day when craftspeople and those interested in our rich heritage of traditional skills can hear from makers, celebrate the best in the country, and find out more about our research on endangered crafts – The Radcliffe Red List.
- 10am – 10.45am – Registration and tea/coffee
- 10.45am – 10.55am – Welcome – Patricia Lovett MBE (Vice-Chair of the HCA)
- 10.55am – 11.55am – ‘The Texture of Craft’ – Kaffe Fassett (Patron of the HCA)
- 11.55am – 12.40pm – ‘Cræft: On how traditional crafts are about more than just making’ – Dr Alex Langlands (Patron of the HCA)
- 12.40pm – 12.55pm – The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts – Greta Bertram (Secretary of the HCA)
- 12.55pm – 1.05pm – The National Trust, local ranges in shops – Genevieve Sioka (Buyer, Artisan and Craft)
- Lunch and viewing Instant Gallery
- 1.15pm – 2.30pm – HCA AGM – all welcome (approximately 20 minutes)
- 2.30pm – 3pm – Celebrating Excellence – The Heritage Crafts Awards and National Honours
- 3pm – 3.25pm – Lisa Hammond MBE (Potter) – The ‘Adopt a Potter’ scheme at Middleport
- 3.25pm – 3.50pm – Florian Gadsby (Potter) – Craft apprenticeships and beyond
- 3.50pm – 4.15pm – Greg Rowland (Master Wheelwright) – Training in traditional crafts
- 4.15pm – 4.30pm – Heritage Crafts Updates
Wednesday 3 May 2017, 3.30pm to 5pm
Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1A 0PW
The Heritage Crafts Association and the Radcliffe Trust are shining a spotlight on the UK’s most endangered crafts at the prestigious launch of their Red List project at the House of Lords. With a keynote address from a luminary in the crafts work (to be confirmed), meet and chat with craftspeople and cultural sector leaders at the celebration of this groundbreaking project, which we hope will trigger a significant turning point in the country’s support for heritage craft skills.
This is an invitation event. However, 20 places have been made available to public as part of London Craft Week at a cost of £20 + VAT per person. To book, visit www.londoncraftweek.com/events/endangered-crafts-at-house-of-lords.
The HCA has been awarded a grant from the Ernest Cook Trust to pilot a new programme of pre-apprenticeships in countryside crafts in West Somerset.
Three craftspeople will be selected to each take on three young people over the course of six weeks to get a taste of what it would be like to have a career in heritage crafts. This project will compensate the craftspeople fairly for their time, as well as providing the students with a transferable basic-level NVQ qualification in employability skills.
The programme will provide a framework for more accredited pre-apprenticeships and full apprenticeships in heritage crafts in the South West and the rest of the UK.
January 2017 update:
Three crafts practitioners have been selected to host the nine pre-apprentices. They are:
- Jim Patterson – papermaker
- Sarah Webb – basketmaker
- Marc Cox – green woodworker and charcoal maker
SEPE accreditation training, provided by Superact CIC, is taking place on 15 February 2017, with pre-apprenticeships commencing shortly thereafter. There are still training places available for young people between 16 and 21 – click here for more details.