Our Work

Craftspace initiates creative programmes which stimulate artistic excellence, critical thinking, curiosity and understanding of contemporary crafts in the widest social and cultural contexts.

Our activities include:

  • exhibitions and productions
  • learning and participatory projects
  • research
  • public events
  • apprenticeships
  • workshops
  • working with businesses and community groups
  • consultancy work
  • encouraging discussion and training around issues of contemporary craft practice

Each project is bespoke. Artists, participants and partners are involved in planning, research, development, documentation and reflection.

Projects are inclusive and mutually supportive. Creative, social and personal development is as valued as technical skill.

Our Impact

Our work brings about positive outcomes for those who take part and their communities. These can be an improved sense of health and wellbeing, confidence, learning new skills or giving a platform to technical expertise and creative excellence. We support entrepreneurship through craft, with particular interest in social and economic impact.

You can search our archive by date artform, project type etc here.

Current focus 2014-2018

The focus of our current work includes:

  • Craft in and expanded field
  • Outsider Craft
  • Developing artistic talent in the Midlands
  • Social Justice
  • Wellbeing
  • Social Enterprise
  • Digital
  • Celebrating 30 years of Craftspace

You can read more about these themes in detail here.

Exhibitions for hire

We curate and organise touring exhibitions which are for hire to galleries and other venues nationally and sometimes internationally. To view current opportunities please visit the ‘Exhibitions For hire‘ page.

Consultancy

We work on consultancy projects that reflect our core values and aspirations. These can have the potential to develop as longer term partnerships which are incorporated into our artistic programme. Read more about what we offer and our recent projects here.

Working in Partnership

We have a 30 year track record of building relationships between artists, people and organisations. Craftspace is based in Birmingham and does not have its own venue. We work in partnership with a range of galleries, museums, community venues and organisations to develop and deliver our programme. Find out more about how we work with others here.

Press

Download our most recent press releases are here