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 
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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HCA welcomes new Chair

Ian Keys

We are delighted to announce that Ian Keys has agreed to take up the role of HCA Chair. A new Trustee, Ian has a background in public services spanning more than 30 years and covering heritage, publishing, local government, the commercial delivery of services and strategic policy development.

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European Folk Art and Craft Federation


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…

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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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New trustee welcomed

Joanna Dunn

The HCA is pleased to welcome Joanna Dunn onto the board of trustees. Joanna is Marketing Manager for a Charity Investment firm in London and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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John Hayes on the support for heritage crafts

For those that were not at the HCA skills forum at Chelsea College in 2011, or for those that were and would like a transcript, this is John Hayes speech. We felt it was enormously positive, at last we have someone in a position to make a difference who really...

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Royal support for crafts initiative

The Prince of Wales has always had wonderful respect for craftspeople working with tradition, and now he has taken on the presidency of a new organisation created by craftspeople themselves.

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Manifesto for Crafts Education

The HCA’s highly successful and rewarding Manifesto for Making at the Spring Conference last year, the findings of the Mapping Heritage Crafts focus groups, and the Crafts Council’s research into the current state of education in crafts have all highlighted the current issues with craft teaching and learning.

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Why heritage crafts are important

Keynote speech by Professor Ewan Clayton Professor Ewan Clayton is a renowned calligrapher, Visiting Professor in Art, Design, Media and Culture at the University of Sunderland and lecturer in calligraphy at the University of Roehampton. The HCA was honoured that...

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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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