Who We Are

Applied Arts Scotland is a membership organisation run by makers for makers giving an authentic, collective and professional voice for the sector and delivering tangible benefits. We nurture the creative heart and soul of making practice by:

  • Connecting the craft community
  • Engaging the community through events, projects and discussions
  • Building skills through access to peer experience and skills swop at a professional level
  • Influencing, lobbying and ensuring the voice of makers is heard
  • Encouraging self sufficiency & confidence in the sector

Our evolving strategy, ‘Making Sustainable Livelihoods‘, builds on a wealth of project-based experience over the last 10+ years:

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Want to be visible and promote your work? Be recognised as a professional maker? Have access to an online maker forum for discussions & chat with other makers? Have priority booking to attend our events? Take a look at how to join & enjoy the benefits of being an AAS member.

Not sure? Check out our project pages & read about the exciting work we’re currently doing.

Latest News

Work in progress on “Shoes for Mary”, a collaborative piece by basketmaker Sarah Paramor in Scotland and weaver Jennifer Green in Canada. © Sarah Paramor

Applications invited for the Resilience Programme, a new free mentoring initiative led by AAS and Craft Scotland, funded by Creative Scotland. Deadline, 5pm, 1 April 2021.

AAS Members, people who have accessed our services and those we’ve worked with are invited to take part in our first Annual Equalities Survey 2021. Open until 23:59 GMT on Sunday 14 March 2021. Read more & take part.

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In June 2020 AAS published an Anti-Racism Statement and committed to identifying and dismantling any barriers that can limit access to and participation with AAS. We’ve committed to action on this in a new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan Read more

Voices of Makers #10

As we head towards the one-year mark Claire Heminsley of Incahoots considers what has changed since her Voices of Makers blog last year,…
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