Maker Assembly is a gathering of people interested in making*. We bring people together to have a critical conversation about cultures of making: their meaning, politics, history and future. We encourage everyone to participate by combining short talks and workshop activities with contributions from attendees. It is peer-to-peer, informal and conversational.
More than ever before, we will be expanding Maker Assembly’s reach to an international audience. We have invited makers, thinkers and doers from around the world, including representatives from the UK, South Africa, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Mexico, Ukraine and Shenzhen, to participate in the day’s discussions and to share their knowledge, skills and experiences. In addition to the day’s sessions and activities, we will have the opportunity to hear more about the British Council’s Maker Library Network and Hello Shenzhen programmes.
We want to encourage makers of all types from all over Scotland to take part, to ensure the event is inclusive and representative of a diverse range of perspectives. To support this we are working in partnership with Creative Scotland to offer four travel bursaries to individuals who are based more than 50 miles away from Edinburgh to attend the event.
To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17:00 on Monday 20 February 2017 with the following information:
- Your name, email address, postal address (including postcode) and telephone number
- A brief description of your professional background (creative practice, research, organisation, etc.) (max 30 words)
- In no more than 150 words tell us why you feel attending Maker Assembly will be beneficial to you.
Please note if you are based in the Highlands and Islands you may be eligible for Go And See Travel Bursaries available through Emergents.
*What do we mean by ‘making’?
We’re talking about people who craft, design, manufacture, tinker with, engineer, fabricate, and repair physical things. Art, craft, electronics, textiles, products, robots, hi-tech and low-tech, amateur and professional, young and old, with digital tools or by hand. Historical perspectives, what’s happening here and now, and how things might change in the future. We aim to be diverse and inclusive. If what you make, or how you see yourself, is a little bit on the fringes, you’re doubly welcome.