Craft Fellowships at MAC Birmingham

Craft Fellowships at MAC Birmingham

A partnership between MAC Birmingham and Craftspace

A group portrait of the 5 Craft Fellows.

Craft Fellows 2018. (Photo: Kate Green)

April – December 2018

You can see work commissioned during the Fellowship scheme on show at MAC Birmingham until March 2019. Scroll down for expert advice on starting a career as a professional craftsperson from the arts professionals who led each session.

“I feel a renewed confidence in myself and my goals because of this workshop. I know that if I write it down, break it down into small, manageable steps and then take action I can achieve my goals. Even the big ones that feel scary and daunting.” Danielle, Craft Fellow.

From April to December 2018 Craftspace are supporting the programme for Midland’s Arts Centre (MAC) Craft Fellows scheme.

Over the nine months, five graduates from Midland’s craft courses will undertake a programme of professional development and skills-building to prepare for their own practice. Each fellow is also being commissioned to create new work which will result in an exhibition at MAC in November 2018.

The scheme includes:
* support and guidance in developing their professional practice and business acumen
* training & professional development opportunities
* space and resources to explore and make
* opportunities to present work and receive critical feedback
* professional and business development events
* mentoring and master classes from professional makers
* an Artist’s Pass to access studio facilities at MAC
* a commission of a new piece of work that will be developed during the Fellowship and exhibited at MAC at the end of the fellowship

We will be creating blog pages to share the fellow’s experiences of each of the sessions, as well as Top Tips from the facilitators who share a wealth of expertise in business and craft.

The Craft Fellows are Stuart Crabbe, Danielle Laurent, Laura Marriott, Amy McCranor and Amarah Simms.

Click on the links to read the fellow’s blog posts and get some top tips from the experts at each session as they are uploaded:

Craft Fellows programme May – December 2018

  • Wednesday 23 May:  Thinking Big & Making it Real with Patricia van der Akker – The Design Trust
  • Thursday 31 May:  Introducing regional and national organisations with Craftspace, Design Nation, UK Young Artists, New Art West Midlands, Unit Twelve, STEAMhouse, Modern Clay, Centrala
  • Wednesday 6 June: Make Your Creativity pay – Undertaking a creative career with Pete Mosley – The Art of the Work
  • Saturday 21 July: Building relationships with public galleries with Jessica Litherland – MAC (also Private view 62 Group exhibition: Ctrl/Shift and chance to see Cornelia Parker’s One Day This Glass Will Break
  • Thursday 26 July: Building relationships with private/commercial galleries with Yvonna Demczynska – Flow Gallery
  • Thursday 26 July: Pricing, costs and business plan: How do I finance my creative business? with Gill Thewlis – Creative Industry Finance/Apertéa, Victoria Claire Dawes – studio potter and Caroline Jackson – Talent Development Manager – Crafts Council
  • Tuesday 7 August: Presenting with Confidence with Steph Vidal-Hall
  • Thursday 16 August: An introduction to Intellectual Property & Copyright with Adam Turley – IP Solicitor at McDaniel & Co representing Anti Copying in Design (ACID)
  • Thursday 16 August: Preparing to Sell: marketing online and in print, approaching the press with Katie Honnor – Made by Hand online
  • Sunday 26 August: Alchemy of Cloth: 62 Group – Textile Masterclass with Hannah Lamb
  • Saturday 8 September: Product photography training with Yeshen Venema
  • Sunday 9 September: Ctrl/Shift: 62 Group – Textile Masterclass with Richard McVetis and Vanessa Rolf
  • Thursday 13 September: Fundraising & application writing workshop with Matt Roberts – Matt Roberts Arts
  • Thursday 13 September: Introduction to Design Nation with Hayley Banks – Membership & Programme Manager
  • Saturday 22 September: Design Challenge at Dual Works Design Studio with Zoe Robertson & Steve Snell
  • Friday 19 October: Wire work day – Jewellery Masterclass with Rita Patel
  • Friday 9 November: Don’t be Square – Textile Masterclass with Ben Venom
  • Saturday 10 November: Sharing event with Ben Venom and exhibition opening
  • Wednesday 21 November: Pain Free Project Planning with Ruth Singer
  • Wednesday 5 December: Evaluation – moving forward with Jessica Litherland and Emma Daker

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A group portrait of the 5 Craft Fellows.

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