Could you be our new Chair?

Chair vacancyDeadline for applications: Sunday 19 June 2022

Heritage Crafts has enlisted the help of Inclusive Boards in our search for a new Chair.

Heritage Crafts is seeking a new Chair to lead the organisation through the next stage of its strategic and operational development. The Chair will lead the Board and act as an active advocate for Heritage Crafts in a variety of contexts.

Heritage Crafts came into being a little over 12 years ago as a result of a groundswell of passion for traditional craft skills, and a desire that these skills be recognised, supported and celebrated for their contribution to UK culture, economy, community and individual wellbeing.

In 12 years we have seen a massive shift, as the media and policymakers have begun to respond to the popular demand that craft skills be celebrated and supported in all walks of life, from pre-school to retirement and beyond, and in all of the UK’s culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

We need to continue our sustainable growth with a new Chair who has the knowledge, skills and experience to harness past success and provide the Board with strong leadership and achieve our strategic vision of a UK with making at its heart.

For more information about the role at Heritage Crafts, please download the candidate pack by clicking on the link below:


if you have any queries about this roleplease email hello@inclusiveboards.co.uk. If you wish to apply, please supply a detailed CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides) highlighting your suitability for the role, why you meet the person specification and your motivation for becoming a Chair of Heritage Crafts – we would like to know what it is about us, our cause or work that resonates with you personally. Please note that the cover letter explaining your suitability is an important part of your application and you will not be considered without a CV and cover letter.

 

Crefftwr | Heritage Crafts in Wales

Crefftwr | Heritage Crafts in Wales

When: 12 May to 12 June 2022
Where: Turner House Gallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth CF64 3DH

The Turner House and Heritage Crafts present an exhibition which celebrates the makers keeping traditional crafts alive in Wales, featuring heritage craft practitioners and members of Heritage Crafts based in Wales.
This exhibition is made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Documenting heritage craft skills from the critically endangered to the thriving… shoemaking to lithography, basketmaking to thatching… this exhibition celebrates the people keeping traditional ways of working alive and highlights the Welsh context as hotbed for craft.

Visitors will see exceptional examples of handmade original crafts alongside personal accounts of changing craft landscape and a specially commissioned photographic series by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd which documents the makers in the studio environment.

This is a fabulous opportunity for visitors to see the the people that are keeping our crafting traditions alive in Wales.

“[We are] part of a movement which nurtures craft skills and the ethos of repairability, making smaller numbers of items to last and be loved for a lifetime”
Ruth Emily Davey, shoemaker (photograph by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd)

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City & Guilds Foundation support bursary for Black and minority ethnic trainees

Nkosi KerrThe City & Guilds Foundation and Heritage Crafts are delighted to announce a new bursary for Black and minority ethnic trainees in heritage crafts.

The first bursary is being awarded to Nkosi Kerr, who moved to the UK from Tobago in 2019. An incredible talent, he was taught carpentry by his father, a well-respected craftsman. With the support of the bursary, Nkosi will complete a Level 3 Bench Joinery course at the Building Crafts College in London setting himself up to make significant progress in his carpentry career.

It is still the case that the UK craft sector does not accurately reflect the diversity of the UK as a whole and, for this reason, we are taking positive action to target this bursary at Black and ethnically diverse groups who are currently under-represented. The City & Guilds Foundation and Heritage Crafts believe that the value of our craft heritage comes from the diversity of skills and traditions across all of our communities, whatever their background.

Nkosi KerrThe next bursary will be opened for applications on the Heritage Crafts website in the summer. To be notified when applications go live, please email Mary Lewis at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk.

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of the City & Guilds charity, and its programmes are targeted to help everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, have opportunities to succeed.

City & Guilds Foundation Advocacy Lead Lauren Roberts said:

“Quality skills development for all is at the heart of what we do at the City & Guilds Foundation. We are incredibly excited to be working with Heritage Crafts in their mission to support black and ethnically diverse individuals, and are very proud to support learners on their journey to be highly valued members of the heritage community.”

Heritage Crafts Operations Director Daniel Carpenter said:

“We are thrilled to be working with the City & Guilds Foundation to provide bursaries for Black and ethnically diverse groups and help redress the historic imbalance of opportunity that has resulted from both overt and hidden discrimination within the heritage crafts sector. We are very excited to see the new generation of makers as much more reflective of modern British society.”

This bursary was first offered in 2021 sponsored by DCA Consulting and the recipient was lime plasterer Daahir Mohamed.

 

The Prince’s Master Crafters

The Prince’s Master Crafters

When: Wednesday 18 May, 8pm
Where:
Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, and streaming service NOW

Heritage Crafts President HRH The Prince of Wales has lent his name to a new seven-part series, The Prince’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation, set to spotlight Britain’s rich heritage of traditional crafts, airing this month on Sky Arts. Backed by Heritage Crafts and The Prince’s Foundation who put forward the featured experts from amongst Heritage Crafts members, the series is produced by Spun Gold TV and hosted by Jim Moir, and will see a selection of top amateur craftspeople take on a variety of crafting challenges to supercharge their skills before each of them creates a final showcase piece to present to His Royal Highness in person.

When it comes to traditional crafts, Britain has a rich heritage – from wood carving to blacksmithing and weaving to stained glass – but we risk losing them forever. Last year alone in the UK, four heritage crafts were declared extinct and a further 56 critically endangered on the Heritage Crafts Red List of Endangered Crafts.

Drawn from across the country, the six amateur craftspeople will explore the history and importance of six key disciplines. They’re joined by some of the country’s leading experts who each week set them a new task within their crafts. The challenges and experts are as follows:

  • Wood carving – Sarah Goss asks the craftspeople to create a carving inspired by William Morris and the arts and crafts movement
  • Stained glass – Derek Hunt challenges the craftspeople to create a stained-glass panel to include a symbol
  • Weaving – Rezia Wahid sets an intricate task asking our craftspeople to use different types of weaving in as they weave material of their choice
  • Blacksmithing – Phil Carter challenges our craftspeople to create a fire poker with a leaf detailing
  • Stone carving – Zoe Wilson sets a task to create a stone carved leaf
  • Pargeting – Johanna Welsh’s task for the crafters is to create a pargeted panel of leaves and acorns
  • Grand final

The final episode will see the crafters visit Dumfries House, home to The Prince’s Foundation, to seek inspiration for their showcase pieces. They’ll then take part in a graduation like no other as they present their individual pieces to His Royal Highness himself at his private residence, Highgrove House. All the showcase pieces are then displayed at The Prince’s Foundation’s new training base at Highgrove.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, commented:

“Over the last two years many of us have taken up artistic pursuits and more people are getting into crafts – from stained glass to woodcarving and everything in between. The Prince of Wales has championed those traditional crafts for many years, so it feels like there’s no better time to showcase the brilliant skills of this cohort of crafters. And with Jim Moir at the helm guiding us through the show it promises to be an entertaining and enlightening delight.”