Crafting Futures: UK Study Tour – Youth Engagement

Crafting Futures: UK Study Tour – Youth Engagement

A partnership between Craftspace and the British Council

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Crafting Futures, 2018 Study Tour (Photo: Agnese Sanvito)

Consultancy: Study Tour
UK
October 2019

Applications to join the tour are now closed.

“Craftspace is pleased to be a UK consortium partner for the Crafting Futures programme. Researching and leading UK craft study tours for international participants provides a valuable basis for informing our work with global perspectives as well as for exchange and mutual learning ”

Craftspace is once again partnering with The British Council to organise and host a seven day UK Craft Study Tour for professionals focussing on Youth Engagement.

This year’s theme is youth engagement – both in terms of involving or engaging younger generations in appreciating their heritage and becoming consumers of contemporary artisan products or supporting young people into the creative industries through training, development schemes, apprenticeships or creative industry clusters.

Six arts professionals from  Argentina, Nepal, Myanmar, India, Georgia and the Philippines will participate in a study tour to the UK in October 2019.

Aims

The aim of the study visit are to:

  • Build stronger connections with the UK sector and create opportunities for future exchange and collaboration
  • Share approaches and methods for youth engagement from the UK craft/visual arts sector including training pathways (apprenticeships, further education models), public engagement, audience development, policy and creative production.

Tour

The tour will include visits to museums, galleries, archives, collections and sites of production across the UK. Participants will have the chance to network with British curators, museum workers, craft organisations and practitioners.

The first half of the tour will take place in the West Midlands and North West of England including two major craft biennials (the British Ceramic Biennial and the British Textile Biennial). These biennials provide the added value of seeing and understanding the transformative and regenerative potential of place-based craft focused initiatives. Both are regional initiatives which have multiple objectives relating to creative programming, regeneration, strategic vehicles for change, tourism, reconnecting audiences with tangible and intangible heritage, skills development and creating links between creativity and industry. The second part of the tour will take place in London visiting museums, galleries, cultural organisations, retail outlets and other projects.

The tour will include:

 

Crafting Futures

Crafting Futures supports the future of craft around the globe. This British Council programme strengthens economic, social and cultural development through learning and access.

Crafting Futures’ projects support practices and people, through research, collaboration and education.

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