When: Saturday 27 February 2021, 10am registration to 4.30pm
Where: Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX

Sarah Corbett

At a time when populism has pushed mainstream politics to the extremes and climate change has reached a critical tipping point, craft is occupying an increasingly crucial role – to engage with those we disagree with or to take refuge within our communities of interest, to reflect the counter-cultures happening around us or to become that vital act of rebellion.

The theme of the 2021 Heritage Crafts Association Conference is Craft Uprising. The keynote speakers will include Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective talking about the role of craft in change-making.

As well as the main programme of speakers you will also have the opportunity to print your own rebellious messages with Nick Hand‘s letterpress bicycle, bring your craft items for a pop-up gallery on the theme of ‘Powerful Objects’, and network with other makers from around the UK.



  • Sarah Corbett, The Craftivist CollectiveHow to be a craftivist in the art of gentle protest
  • Second speaker to be confirmed
  • Q&A session – featuring Sarah Corbett, Carry Somers (Fashion Revolution) and Dr Rachel Dickinson (Ruskin’s Guild of St George)
  • Exclusive screening of three short films featuring endangered crafts practitioners
  • Celebration of Excellence – National Honours and Heritage Crafts Awards
  • Heritage Crafts Association Annual General Meeting
  • Supporting Endangered Crafts

Tickets cost £28 for HCA members and £38 for non-members, with discounts if you become a member at the time of purchase, bring a friend or are a student. In addition, 20 bursary places have been made available to those who would otherwise struggle to attend – for availability please email mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk.


Pop-up exhibition – Powerful Objects

In a gentle way you can shake the worldWe will be holding a pop-up exhibition of members and attendees work entitled ‘Powerful Objects’. This theme can be interpreted in many ways, from craft objects that have an overtly powerful message to those whose meaning resonates on a much more personal level (not forgetting that the personal is invariably political in its own way). They can be powerful purely as a result of the journey you have been on to learn the skills and put them into practice. Meanings can be made explicit or remain the maker’s own, open to interpretation.

If you wish to submit an object that you have made, please email events@heritagecrafts.org.uk with a title and 200 word description, and, if selected, we’ll get back to you with the practicalities of how the exhibition will be run.



We have a sign language interpreter at this year’s conference. There is also step-free access from street level (click here for more details). If you have any other access needs please let us know.