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.

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Latest News

Spider diagram of business planning in yellow, blue and black ink on a sheet of white paper, laid on a white table surrounded by pens and small pieces of coloured paper.
Craft Toolkit planning, Tom Pigeon

Applications invited for Mentor/Mentee, part of the Resilience Programme, a free mentoring initiative led by AAS and Craft Scotland and a paid opportunity for makers. Deadline: 5pm, 7 June 2021.

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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

Filming Craft

Photographer and filmmaker Simon Mills, who will be running a workshop Film Making – capturing your process with video for…
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