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Exciting New Culturality Project

Sam Goates weaving in her studio

Applied Arts Scotland is one of twelve partners across Europe participating in an exciting new four year project – Culturality – which explores the role of culture in supporting and developing rural communities. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme and AAS is working with the University of St Andrews, who have expertise in digital and immersive technologies.

AAS Member and project lead Carol Sinclair says “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part and to share our Scottish maker stories, as well as learning from craft and cultural practices in other parts of Europe. There will be many exciting opportunities coming up for AAS members to get involved in activities to promote and support rural based craft practices.”

The project launches in April 2024 with a meeting of the partners in Oviedo in Asturias, Spain where work by AAS Member Sam Goates will represent Scotland in the showcase. Carol explains “Sam’s work demonstrates so beautifully the connections between contemporary and traditional craft, and the importance of local materials in the identity and heritage of place. She is also committed to training new weavers and craftspeople with a background in delivering apprenticeships and supported AAS’s Sustaining Craft Business Practice course.”

The project is led by University of Oviedo in Spain who have developed this website on Culturality.

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