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.
We are delighted to announce that Ian Keys has agreed to take up the role of HCA Chair.
Passionate about our heritage, Ian is also Honorary Secretary of the Historic Houses Association (Wessex) and actively involved in local campaigns around his Somerset home.
Until recently he was a director of a contemporary arts and crafts gallery, chaired a number of boards in the charitable, public and commercial sectors, was a company director, and, prior to that, was a senior local government officer.
“Heritage crafts and our cultural heritage are a vital part of our being – the very oxygen that surrounds us – and we need to ensure they continue to enrich and inform both our lives and the lives of future generations.”
Last month, HCA trustees met with Solveig Torgersen Grinder (Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association) and Liina Veskimägi (Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union) from the European Folk Art and Craft Federation, a European network of non-profit associations with the aim of protecting and supporting traditional and contemporary crafts. The HCA will join the EFACF has an observer member next year.
Members will be aware that we recently started work on the Radcliffe Red List, an initiative to identify endangered crafts in the UK, supported by the Radcliffe Trust. We have just launched a simplified version of the wiki website as a survey. There are only 10 short questions to complete about your craft and your responses are vital for helping us build a picture. Do please take a look!
The Cockpit Arts/NADFAS/HCA Award provides a year’s free workshop space at Cockpit Arts, as well as dedicated business support and training, to a craftsperson whose work contributes to the continuation of heritage craft skills.
This year the award has gone to Lucy McGrath, who designs and makes beautifully-crafted products based around traditional paper marbling. Due to the quality of the entrants this year, a second award, sponsored by NADFAS’s Greater London Area, was awarded to Mariano Crespo, a shoemaker who trained as an apprentice at the world famous Lobb’s, who is currently producing bespoke shoes and boots to commission but now wishes to start his own business.