MAKE | Support – April-July 2020

In partnership with MAKE Manifesto, supporting makers / craftspeople / designer makers in Scotland to navigate, understand and access financial information during the Covid-19 pandemic via a programme of resources, advice sessions, commissions and micro-grants.

MAKE | Support visual identity, illustrated by Alice Dansey-Wright

Crafting Futures Afghanistan – 2019/2020

Creation and delivery of ‘Design in Craft’, remote digital training to 46 female artisans, practicing various craft disciplines in Kabul, in partnership with Turquoise Mountain

Example of ‘Story Telling Images’ from Homework Task 1 Inspiration: tools

Crafting Futures Wanita – January-June 2019

Design, social and creative enterprise development training for four groups of female artisans affected by ongoing conflicts in the Deep South provinces of Thailand to empower them to lead on increased social and economic wellbeing and sustainability in their communities and to revitalise their cultural assets. Commissioned by the British Council Thailand and partners as part of the Crafting Futures Programme.

Exploring idea, production and delivery in the Ban Tung Bamboo Basketry Community via the 'Risk It' model, photographer Helen Voce
Exploring idea, production and delivery in the Ban Tung Bamboo Basketry Community via the ‘Risk It’ model, photographer Helen Voce

Smart Plastics / Think Plastic – 2016-2020

Two projects – research group and exhibition – that specifically address sustainability and environmental responsibility in materials choice for makers.

Lorna Fraser’s Parasol Fungi made from recycled water bottles, exhibited at Think Plastic, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (2019/2020)

Shared Creative Modern Apprenticeship Pilot Programme – 2014-2019

A summary of our research, query and activity from 2014 to date exploring apprenticeships in the craft sector, resulting in the Shared Creative Modern Apprenticeship Pilot Programme across Scotland, delivery of information sharing and professional development events, and the creation of resources.

Textile artist Mairi Brown (right) with apprentice Hannah (left) in Mairi’s studio, Edinburgh

Become Financially Efficient – May 2015

Workshop for visual and applied artists to organise their accounts and manage their benefits with Scottish Artists Union.

‘Abacus Man’, © Deniz Uster and Tom Harrup

Hothouse support from Applied Arts Scotland -2015

In partnership with Craft Scotland, Emergents and Fife Contemporary supported delivery of the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme for emerging makers in Scotland.

Convince Me: The Art of Making Compelling Applications event – June 2014

Event in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust supporting professional makers, particularly those newly established, to find out how to make successful applications for funding, exhibitions, residencies or other projects.

Craft Sector Survey – Summer 2014

AAS Sector survey to find out the specific needs of makers based in Scotland to inform our future activity and ensure we are representing the needs of makers accurately.

Your Brand and Online Selling & Your Brand and Social Media events – Spring 2014

Two training events in partnership with Craft Scotland to inspire Scottish based makers to make the most of their brand and support the successful online selling of their work and use of social media.

Image Credit: Christopher Fernandez / Gayfield Creative Spaces

AAS and Scottish Artists Union Roadshows -2013/2014

Series of four roadshows across Scotland in partnership with Scottish Artists Union providing an engaging professional development programme of speakers and to provide current and future visual and applied arts members with an update on what the organisations have to offer the sectors.