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Are you the HCA’s next Maker of the Year?

Nominations open on 1st September 2018 for Maker of the Year, one of five prestigious awards awarded annually by the Heritage Crafts Association in recognition of people working in traditional skills. Craftspeople can also apply for, or be nominated for, HCA/Marsh...

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Gilding the Gingerbread

Two fortunate trainees, Ellen Wood and Tony Hassett, learned the traditional craft skills of gilding on the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich on 6th and 7th August. Master craftswoman Rachael Linton demonstrated the skills and explained the processes and techniques. Tony...

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Two trainee craftspeople needed

Are you a stone mason, letter cutter, wood carver etc? Would you like to be taught how to gild using gold leaf by a master craftsperson? The Heritage Crafts Association has an opportunity for two people to learn the endangered craft for free in Greenwich, south...

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Freelance project manager sought for Gilding DVD project

With the generous assistance of The Goldsmiths’ Company, and in association with the National Maritime Museum’s ‘Gilding the Gingerbread’ project, the Heritage Crafts Association wish to contract a freelance project manager to oversee the creation of a documentary film about gilding.

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Winners of the 2018 Heritage Crafts Awards


 
Basket maker Hilary Burns has been named Maker of the Year in the 2018 Heritage Crafts Awards. Hilary won the award in recognition of her work on numerous projects that have put British basket making and heritage crafts at the centre of public consciousness.

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Professor May Cassar becomes Patron of the HCA


 
Professor May Cassar has recently accepted The Heritage Crafts Association’s invitation to become a Patron. Professor Cassar joins an existing group of Patrons who support the HCA and its fundraising and campaigning work through their individual public profile.

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Endangered Crafts project with Manchester School of Art

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The Heritage Crafts Association is delighted to be working with Manchester School of Art on its forthcoming project, Endangered Crafts. Over the next nine weeks, students from across the Faculty of Art and Design are being challenged to respond to the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts.

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HCA project participant Zoe set for a career in papermaking

Zoe Collis
 
When we set out on our Ernest Cook Trust funded Countryside Crafts Pre-apprenticeship project last year our main aim was to trial low-risk opportunities for heritage crafts businesses and young people to come together to explore the possibility of apprenticeship-style training…

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Extended deadline! The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award 2017

Porcelain lithophane lighting by Bethan Lewis-Williams  
Extended deadline: 17 July 2017, 10am
This annual award from Cockpit Arts is supported by The Arts Society and supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out. On offer is one year’s sponsored workshop space at one of Cockpit’s creative business incubators. Since 2012, the Award has been organised in conjunction with the HCA.

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Honours for heritage craftspeople

Felicity Irons 
Heritage crafts have received royal recognition and high honour with three craftspeople – Wim Visscher, Felicity Irons and John Lord – included in The Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists this year.

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QEST/HCA Apprenticeship now open for applications

Hannah Vickers 
Deadline:
3 August 2017
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Heritage Crafts Association Apprenticeship provides funding to enable Apprentices to learn craft skills within companies and from master craftsmen and to support employers to take on Apprentices and nurture a new generation of craftspeople.

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Heritage Crafts Awards winners 2017 announced

Martin Frost 
The last remaining professional fore-edge painter Martin Frost has been awarded Maker of the Year by the Heritage Crafts Association at its Textures of Craft conference on 6 May 2017. Fore-edge painting is one of the seventeen critically endangered crafts identified by the HCA.

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We are recruiting new trustees!

HCA Trustees

We are looking for trustees with experience of fundraising, PR and external communications (including social media), membership development (including Customer Relationship Management) and HR to join our passionate board.

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Shoemaker and paper marbler win awards

Lucy McGrath's marbling

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.

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Save our Skills Appeal

Until the 1960’s many wooden ladders were made in the UK, one of the largest makers being John Ward and Son Ladder Makers, where Stanley learnt his craft.

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