An online, international festival of craft
Monday 27 – Thursday 30 September 2021

Following postponement of our in-person Old Stories, New Narratives symposium in July 2020 and the delayed opening of the Meet Make Collaborate exhibition, both in the Highlands, we have taken the opportunity to pivot and enhance content celebrating the diversity of international craft practice and the positive value of sharing knowledge and collaboration in an online festival which we believe will appeal to a truly international audience.

‘EL SONIDO QUE MUEVE EL MUNDO: un celular y un pájaro (THE SOUND THAT MOVES THE WORLD: a cell phone & a bird)’, Procoro Ruiz (Bii Dauu Collective), Lynne Hocking-Mennie & Dalila Cruz
photographer: Lynne Hocking-Mennie

The festival title reflects the three themes of identity, collaboration and sustainability which informed Applied Arts Scotland’s international craft exchange project which comprised three international residencies bringing together makers from Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Scotland to experiment and create new work, culminating in the Meet Make Collaborate touring exhibition. The themes also prompt symposium papers that further provoke and stimulate discussion at convened panels.

The four day, online festival considers the three themes across three strands:

  1. International Collaborating Makers’ practice
  2. Meet Make Collaborate exhibition
  3. Old Stories, New Narratives symposium

We are delighted to be working with existing and new partners on the four day festival across time zones from Mexico to Thailand.

The festival programme will be published shortly. Please register for festival updates, announcements of contributors and details of how to attend.

International Collaborating Makers’ Practice

19 makers and one maker collective participated in the three international residencies. In exploring the three themes, they investigated the strengths of craft as cultural production and collaborated to explore one another’s identity, environment, skills, materials and techniques through discussion, mentorship and experimentation.

During the festival, selected makers will:

  • discuss the themes of identity, collaboration and sustainability in their practice and work during and resulting from their residencies
  • provide a tour of their studios and demonstrate aspects of their practice
Makers and designers on the Mexico Scotland residency visiting Uist Wool, photographer Northern Collective

Meet Make Collaborate Exhibition

Makers’ individual and collaborative works exhibited at Meet Make Collaborate will be profiled online during the festival, with insights into their genesis from makers’ residencies and collaborations.

We will provide a live, curated tour of the exhibition opening at The Barn, Banchory on 21 August 2021.

Wings, detail, Carol Sinclair & Rebecca Hannon, photographer Carol Sinclair

Old Stories, New Narratives Symposium

Old Stories, New Narratives presents three convened panels, one on each of the festival’s theme. In each, makers, curators, historians and researchers will consider the future of making practices and process through sharing new ideas about craft practice, research-in-progress and case studies concerning both maker-led and theoretical strategies and what these might have to offer in a global context. Papers will provoke and stimulate discussion by asking an array of critical questions about the values we invest in craft and how these values represent who we are, how we are seen and what craft can change. Panellists were selected from an open call for papers originally issued in January 2020, and by invitation by our partners. The symposium concludes with a talk hosted by The Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Craft Institute.

For the symposium, we are delighted to be working with our Scottish partner, Professor Juliette MacDonald, Professor of Craft History and Theory at Edinburgh College of Art and Distinguished Research Fellow at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

Weaving, photographer Ana Paula Fuentes

Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability: an online, international festival of craft is presented and funded by Applied Arts Scotland SCIOEdinburgh College of ArtMSVU Art Gallery, and The Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Craft Institute at NSCAD University. Funded by Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise