Makers: Take Part in Intangible Cultural Heritage Consultation

Argentine Tango Kilt made by Acme Atelier from pre consumer waste. Photo: Gareth Edwards

Applied Arts Scotland welcomes the news that the UK Government is planning to ratify the UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which includes traditional craftsmanship in June 2024.

There is a public consultation open until 11:59pm on 29 February 2024 on how it is implemented and we encourage makers to take part. Here is more information.

The UNESCO Convention says ‘The “intangible cultural heritage” means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.’

Any maker can participate and it is particularly important for those in traditional craft to do so. The UNESCO definition of ICH is ‘Community-based: intangible cultural heritage can only be heritage when it is recognized as such by the communities, groups or individuals that create, maintain and transmit it – without their recognition, nobody else can decide for them that a given expression or practice is their heritage’.

The Convention says ‘3. “Safeguarding” means measures aimed at ensuring the viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement, transmission, particularly through formal and non-formal education, as well as the revitalization of the various aspects of such heritage.’

In the current DCMS consultation the proposed approach for the UK is ‘The ICH must be a living practice and not be a material product or object’ and invites public views on this as well as the rest of their plans for implementing it.

When completing the short survey and responding to the consultation, you may wish to say that your perspective is informed by being an individual maker or member of a community/group that creates, maintains and transmits ICH.

Any member of the public can take part and we encourage makers to participate and have a voice in this consultation. Take part in the consultation.

Thank you to AAS Member and kilt maker Andrea Chappell whose work is pictured above. Find out more about her work by going to a celebration of intangible craft heritage ‘Culture in the Making’ – The Museum of Making, 16 March 2024 | Heritage Crafts

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