The Resilience Programme – April-October 2021

A mentoring initiative led by Applied Arts Scotland and Craft Scotland to help makers based in Scotland navigate the particularly challenging circumstances resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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

DISTANCE Project – January 2021- January 2022

The DISTANCE Project offers makers opportunities to collaborate and to share experiences and objects in new and exciting ways through immersive digital technologies.

International Craft Exchanges: identity, sustainability, collaboration – ongoing

The Meet Make Collaborate exhibition and Old Stories, New Narratives symposium mark the culmination of AAS’s international exchanges project comprising three international residencies bringing together makers from Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Scotland.

Exhibition installation of craft objects and sculptural works displayed on neutral plinths and walls
Meet Make Collaborate exhibition at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, photographer Ewen Weatherspoon

Road to COP26 Innovation Grant Programme, Nepal – November 2020-November 2021

Supporting Nepal-based businesses with the development of new, exciting and innovative ideas for sustainability that harness nature-based processes, craft-related practices and entrepreneurship to promote positive environmental impacts for Nepal and beyond, strengthening adaptation and resilience to global challenges such as climate change.

Craft Toolkit – ongoing

Online digital toolkit supporting makers to identify, understand and action the creative and professional development of their craft businesses, and make a start on a simple business plan.

CraftToolkit, welcome screen

Crafting Futures Pinguli Puppets – February 2020-April 2021

Supporting artisans with diverse skill-sets in the puppet making community of Pinguli, in the south of Maharashtra, India with development of their product range and marketing skills.

Delivering Module One, photographer Krishna Masge

Closing the Loop – ongoing

A maker-led research group exploring gaps in current materials knowledge and application of sustainability tools and practices in the studio, in partnership with Creative Informatics.

Circular economy systems diagram, (February 2019), source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Crafting Futures (ongoing)

AAS have been a member of the British Council‘s Crafting Futures Network since 2017. Through this network we have the opportunity to work on projects with craft makers and communities in a wide variety of countries around the world through which we develop and promote projects for Scottish makers to meet and work with their international counterparts. Read about our previous and current projects taking place in Thailand, Mexico and Afghanistan.

Shift (ongoing)

Residency programme bringing four Scottish and four Canadian makers together in Nova Scotia and the Scottish Highlands to create new work exploring the themes of collaboration, identity and sustainability.

Material development in Halifax Photo: Jennifer Green