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Challenging Year Leads to New European Project

AAS Board Members 2024

A highlight for AAS over the past challenging year has been the new AAS project Culturality reported Lynne Hocking at the AAS Annual General Meeting in April 2024.

Culturality is a four year European Union’s Horizon project in partnership with twelve organisations from nine countries, which will explore how creative industries interact with rural tourism. There will be opportunities for AAS Members and a call out in the near future. She thanked project leads Clare Waddle, Netty Sopata and Carol Sinclair for their work on it.

There were updates on other AAS projects and activities including the Closing the Loop group, In Our Hands programme in Nepal and the AAS Craft Toolkit. Ciorstaidh Monk of Fashion Interrupted reported on the Hidden Floors project which brought together different craft skills and experience with digital expertise in collaborative works and shown on a virtual runway alongside a physical show at V&A Dundee. The works can be viewed virtually.

AAS Members were reminded about the online workshop Crafting the Light with Paul T Cowan on photographing work using a mobile device which Members can access and view online by logging in to the Members Area on the AAS website.

The newly elected AAS Board (pictured above) was welcomed by Lynne Hocking who was re-elected as Chair, they are Clare Waddle, Vice Chair, Netty Sopata, Treasurer, Carrie Fertig, Membership Secretary, Stefanie Cheong, Mariam Syed, Garvin Sealy and Thomas Wren.

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