Crafting Futures: UK Study Tour

Crafting Futures: UK Study Tour

A partnership between Craftspace and the British Council

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Crafting Futures, Thailand (Photo: Simon Mills)

Consultancy: Study Tour
June 2018

Applications to join the tour are now closed.

“Craftspace’s work is informed by global perspectives and this is a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and information with curators and practitioners from South East Asia.”

Craftspace is partnering The British Council to organise and host a six day Crafting Futures UK Study Tour for craft and textiles curators and collectors – a new initiative within their Crafting Futures programme.

The project aims to create more opportunities for exchange between Asian and British craft curators, museums, galleries and programmes in order to generate greater storytelling and promotion of women in sustainable and ethical craft-based textile production.

Six curators from Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand will participate in a study tour to the UK in June 2018. 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 aim of the study visit is to:

  • Build stronger connections with the UK sector and create opportunities for future exchange
  • Learn about curation and storytelling practices around craft and textiles in the UK
  • Create opportunities for further storytelling around female textile artisans in Asia

On return, participants will deliver events, activities, creative projects or exhibitions within their own institutions or organisations in order to tell the story of female textile artisans from their region to a contemporary and young audience.


The tour will include:

  • Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire to see historic lace collections and contemporary textiles
  • Derby Museums to hear about innovative approaches to co-production around the re-development of the Silk Mill
  • Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire to see a textile collection of international importance and a contemporary artist’s response to a collection
  • The William Morris Gallery in London to see unique collections and a temporary exhibition of international textile curated by Lesley Millar who will give the group a guided tour
  • The V&A to meet curators and see the textile collections
  • The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London to have a tour and see the Orla Kiely exhibition
  • The Royal College of Art textile degree show to see the emerging trends in new creative textile practice.

We will also be organising a textile focused sector networking event to take place in London on Thursday 21st June.

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.  In Asia, Crafting Futures focuses on generating opportunities for female artisans.

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