Forthcoming online events

Since the first COVID-19 lockdown we have been running a series of free online events on Zoom. Here you can find out what event we have coming up. Click here to re-watch the recordings for some of the previous events.

 

Coming up

 

Heritage Crafts South West of England members Zoom meeting – 31 May 2022, 7pm

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Daniel Carpenter exclusively for Heritage Crafts members. If you’re a current member in the South West of England and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

In Conversation with Dave French and Sarah Ready – 14 June 2022, 7pm

Devon-based Dave French is a fifth-generation withy pot maker, using willow rods (withies) to make the traditional crab and lobster pots used throughout history all around the British coast with regional variations that made them instantly recognisable. Up until a few years ago the craft seemed headed towards extinction, with pots being made solely for decorative or historical interest. But now, helped in part by Heritage Crafts, Sarah Ready is not only learning the skill of making withy pots, but fishing with them in a traditionally sustainable way that points to a true resurgence.

 

In Conversation with Rose Sinclair – 5 July 2022, 7pm

Rose Sinclair is a designer, textile practitioner and academic specialising in technology and textiles design education, and researching the crafts of Dorcas Clubs, as used by Caribbean women on arrival in the UK in the 50s and 60s. In this special ‘In Conversation’ event we talk to Rose about her work and research interests, as well as the exhibition she is currently co-curating with the William Morris Gallery until 11 September, entitled Althea McNish: Colour Is Mine. The retrospective is one of the first to explore this designer and textile artist, one of the first designers of Caribbean descent who would go on to achieve international recognition and become one of the UK’s most innovative designers. It includes her transformative impact on mid-century design and her enduring influence on design today..

 

Heritage Crafts East Midlands members Zoom meeting – date to be confirmed

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Daniel Carpenter and Sally Morgan exclusively for Heritage Crafts members. If you’re a current member in the East Midlands and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

Heritage Crafts Northern Ireland members Zoom meeting – date to be confirmed

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Daniel Carpenter and Emma Whitehead exclusively for Heritage Crafts members. If you’re a current member in Northern Ireland and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

HCA Scotland members Zoom meeting – date to be confirmed

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Daniel Carpenter, Mary Lewis, Louise Butler and Helen Voce exclusively for HCA members. If you’re a current member in Scotland and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

Heritage Crafts West Midlands & Marches members Zoom meeting – date to be confirmed

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Mary Lewis and Mike Taylor exclusively for Heritage Crafts members. If you’re a current member in the West Midlands & Marches and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

Heritage Crafts Wales members Zoom meeting – date to be confirmed

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Daniel Carpenter, Mary Lewis and Clare Revera exclusively for Heritage Crafts members. If you’re a current member in Wales and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

Heritage Crafts North of England members Zoom meeting – date to be confirmed

Peer support and networking meeting facilitated by Daniel Carpenter and Chrissie Freeth exclusively for Heritage Crafts members. If you’re a current member in the North of England and wish to attend, email us for the joining instructions. If you’re not yet a member, please consider joining.

 

Click here to watch the recordings of previous online events

Lettering Luminaries

Throughout 2021 we ran a series of free online events on Zoom profiling some of the most prominent figures in the field of lettering brought together by Heritage Crafts Chair and professional scribe and illuminator Patricia Lovett MBE. Here you can re-watch the recordings. Click here to watch our other online events.

 

Ewan Clayton (calligraphy) – 14 October 2020

 

Ieuan Rees (letter cutting) – 27 January 2021

 

Tom Perkins (calligraphy) – 24 February 2021

 

Lida Cardozo-Kindersley (letter cutting) – 30 March 2021

 

Sheila Waters (calligraphy) – 22 April 2021

 

Katharina Pieper (calligraphy) – 27 May 2021

 

Julian Waters (calligraphy) – 22 June 2021

 

Dr Stella Panayotova (manuscripts) – 21 July 2021

 

Peter Halliday (calligraphy) – 29 September 2021

 

Gemma Black (calligraphy) – 27 October 2021

 

Professor Michelle Brown (mediaeval manuscripts) – 16 November 2021

 

Tim Noad (calligraphy) – 7 December 2021

 

Patricia Lovett MBE (calligraphy and illumination) – 25 January 2022

 

 

Craft Cinema at The Making of Coventry

Deadline: 25 February 2022

CinemaWe are seeking submissions of short films (under 30 minutes) for the craft cinema at Making Places on 26 March 2022, a one day event as part of The Making of Coventry, a partnership project between Heritage Crafts and Creative Lives, funded by Coventry City Council, and coinciding with Coventry City of Culture.

The Craft Cinema will showcase the best of UK heritage crafts, both historic and practiced today, focusing on both Coventry and the rest of the UK. The theme of the the event is how crafts contribute to local distinctiveness and a sense of place through time.

Categories:

  • Films about craft in Coventry and surrounding areas (historic and/or practiced today)
  • Films about heritage crafts practised elsewhere in the UK that show how making contributes to local distinctiveness and a sense of place through time

Guidelines

  • All genres are welcome.
  • Films must be between 2 and 30 minutes long.
  • Your film must be your own work, and you should have obtained copyright or relevant permissions for all images and films used in your piece.
  • Contributors selected for screening will be notified by Friday 4 March 2022 and will be required to submit a high res file of their film by Monday 14 March.
  • In case of selection, the copyright holder automatically authorises Heritage Crafts to screen the film during the Making Places event in Coventry on 26 March and for additional screenings in the UK, as well as short clips to be used for promotional purposes.

Please submit your films (link to films streamed online, or stored on a cloud sever) along with the following information to info@heritagecrafts.org.uk. Please do not attempt to send videos as email attachments.

  • Your name
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • Title of the film
  • Synopsis of the film (200 words maximum)
  • Names of craftspeople featured (if relevant)
  • Statement confirming that you are the copyright holder and/or have obtained copyright or relevant permissions for all images and films used in the piece, and that you authorise Heritage Crafts to screen the film during the Making Places event in Coventry on 26 March and for additional screenings in the UK, as well as short clips to be used for promotional purposes.

 

Values statement on heritage

Bobbins photo by Nick HandThe Heritage Crafts Association’s mission is to support and promote crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage. As part of this mission and our continuous aspiration to improve as an organisation, we would like to make an honest and open statement about what heritage means to us. We don’t mean this as a finished statement, but as a starting point for a discussion.

We believe that the value of our craft heritage comes from the diversity of skills and traditions across all of our communities, wherever they originated and whenever they were brought here. We want everyone to feel included in the HCA and our work, no matter how long they have called this country home or what their background may be.

Our heritage is what we choose to take with us, from our complex (and at times difficult) past, into a future that we wish to realise. Through dialogue about craft we can learn from many traditions, acknowledge past and present injustice, and strive to create a future that is fairer and more equal. We don’t believe we can do that until we have come to terms with our past, and fully acknowledged the ways in which it continues to affect us today.

We recognise that throughout history British society has been full of inequalities, many of which continue to this day. Sometimes these are expressed as explicit prejudices, but often they are implicit, embedded in the structures of our institutions and public discourses in ways that disadvantage, disenfranchise and alienate people. We applaud efforts to bring to light discrimination and injustices, including those of the past that have implications today, and believe that more needs to be done to reveal and tackle them.

We don’t own the debate about how heritage is defined and we recognise that many people have been (and continue to be) excluded from the debate. Where we can, we want to use our position to give them a voice. We are not afraid to question the society within which we operate, or in turn be questioned and challenged by others, and be prepared to change.

HCA members sought to become mentors

Deadline: Friday 14 May 2021

The Resilience Programme is a new mentoring initiative run by Applied Arts Scotland and Craft Scotland to help and support makers to navigate these particularly challenging times. There is an enormous amount of collective knowledge and experience in the craft community and the pandemic has forced makers to be even more innovative, to reinvent their ways of working and rapidly learn new skills. The Resilience Programme will help makers tap into this collective wisdom to gain new perspectives, take valuable and supported time to reflect and develop the resilience required to re-energise and revitalise their practice.

The HCA has been asked to recruit Mentors for the Resilience Programme from across the UK. We are looking for makers with at least five years experience of running their own practice and keen to support others. You will not need to have had any previous mentoring experience as training will be provided in a half day workshop on Thursday 3 June.

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”
Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring

 

What we are looking for

As the definition above explains, effective mentoring offers structured time for discussion, with the mentor listening and questioning the mentee to help them form their own plan. Mentors will not be asked to teach or share making skills but rather offer mentees support to develop their own action plans. So we are looking for individuals who already have reflective skills or are keen to develop them.

We want to create a pool of approximately 20 potential mentors from which we can make mentoring matches for the Resilience Programme participants. Those who are matched will be contracted to undertake 6 x 1.5 hour mentoring meetings from July to December 2021 with a fee payable.

We are aware that not all potential mentors will be matched in this phase of the Resilience Programme, but we hope that in providing training in mentoring best practice all those selected will develop useful transferrable knowledge and skills, and the opportunity to be considered for other mentoring programmes.

 

What we are offering

  • A free half day Mentor Training workshop delivered by Zoom on Thursday 3 June, 2pm to 5pm
  • For those who are successfully matched, payment of £100 per 1.5 hour mentoring session (six sessions in total) = £600

 

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV, up to 3 thumbnail images of your work, and a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing your reasons for wanting to become a mentor, any previous relevant experience and any longer term professional benefits you anticipate in undertaking the training.

Please send this to hello@appliedartsscotland.org.uk with the heading ‘Mentor Application’ by 14 May 2021.

COVID-19 grants for green woodworkers

Deadline: Friday 25 September 2020 at 5pm

Pole-lathe turningThe Heritage Crafts Association (HCA), with financial support from the Association of Pole-lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers (APTGW), is offering grants of up to £500 for UK green woodworkers and pole-lathe turners operating as sole traders and small businesses to invest in something that will help make their business more sustainable during the COVID-19 pandemic (and in the months that follow) or to ‘bridge the gap’ until future income can be secured.

Based on the result of our recent sector survey, crafts businesses are being particularly hard hit by the economic implications of the crisis, so this fund has been set up to help small crafts businesses access new markets, trial new ways of operating, or keep them afloat until they can be more sustainable.

Examples might include (but are not limited to) investing in:

  • market research and development of products suited to the emerging economy;
  • tools and equipment to make new products;
  • targeted advertising to reach out to new markets;
  • improved online presence to develop the mail order side of your business;
  • training and skills development;
  • developing online teaching/workshops as an income stream; or
  • paying the bills until a time when applicants have reason to believe that business will improve.

Applications will be considered based on the potential of the idea to develop new ways of working that will improve craftspeople’s sustainability during difficult times or to ‘bridge the gap’ until future income can be secured. As well as the grants, the HCA has some capacity to provide advice and guidance to help applicants make their idea a reality.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 September 2020 at 5pm. Funds are limited, so unsuccessful applicants from this round may be contacted again in future if more funding is secured later, to ask if they want their applications to be reassessed in future rounds.

Applicants must:

  • be green woodworkers or pole-lathe turners practising a craft that requires a high degree of hand skill and has been practised in the UK for two generations or more, (including migrant crafts);
  • rely on green woodworking or pole-lathe turning (making, teaching, demonstrating etc) for over 50% of their personal income;
  • be based in the UK or intending to practice their craft in the UK on a permanent basis;
  • actively promote the crafts of green woodworking and/or pole-lathe turning as part of their regular practice;
  • demonstrate how they will use the grant to make their business more sustainable during and after the COVID-19 pandemic or to ‘bridge the gap’ until future income can be secured;
  • be HCA members or indicate in their project plan that they will allocate part of their grant to a year’s membership (£20 for sole traders or £40 for small businesses of two or more); and
  • not have received funding of more than £500 from the HCA in the last 24 months.

 

Please download an application form here and email your completed form to info@heritagecrafts.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 25 September 2020.