Crafting Futures: UK Study Tour – Textiles

A partnership between Craftspace and the British Council

A group stand around a large table, taking notes and photos of the display of textiles.

Crafting Futures, 2018 (Photo: George Meyrick)

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 partnered with 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 aimed 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 participated in a study tour to the UK in June 2018. The tour included visits to museums, galleries, archives, collections and sites of production across the UK. Participants had the chance to network with British curators, museum workers, craft organisations and practitioners.


The aim of the study visit was 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 delivered 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 included:

We also organised a textile focused sector networking event which took place in London on Thursday 21st June 2018.

“It was such an eye opening program and I have learned a lot through all the places we went and all the people we have met. For me, visiting to galleries, museums and exhibitions are like seeing my dream and vision of my organization in a clear picture. The stories we have heard and all the process and journey that the artists and curators went through inspired me a lot and at the same time feel so motivated.”

“As a museum lover, I cannot mention how much excited and thankful to you for giving chance to view many museums, galleries and special exhibitions. I am planning to share my experiences of good practices of UK museums and exhibitions not only at BC (Myanmar) office but also to my museum staff at the National Museum(Yangon).”

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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