Updates on how we’re working during the current situation Last updated: 14 December 2020
The Craftspace team continues to adapt to the changing situation and impacts related to COVID-19. Our approach has been to focus our response through a lens of care (for staff, creatives, audiences), solidarity (communities, neighbourhoods, sector), ‘DIT’ (do-it-together), interdependence and activism.
During the first lockdown we worked to re-configure our programme and honour our commitments as best we could. This resulted in the production of two digital resources Making for Change Expo and Craft in Common. We have experimented with zoom workshops and continue to deliver these in partnership with community organisations to people who have least access to the arts. Some projects associated with We Are Commoners exhibition have been able to go ahead with collaborators and participants via Zoom and artists have continued with commissioned work. The temporary closure of venues meant we were not able to launch the exhibition to the original timetable and all being well it will now open next April and tour to four further venues. When restrictions eased in late summer, we re-opened the Shelanu jewellery studio within physical distancing guidelines.
The challenges of 2020 have been provocative and raised many questions for us as we work to think, plan and resource our programme for 2021 and beyond. It continues to be critical time for the welfare of artists and cultural sector workers whose livelihoods are affected. Generating paid opportunities for artists is a priority. Keep in touch via the website and social media for updates.
Deirdre Figueiredo MBE
Here are some resources you might find useful
The Arts Council have a support page which contains lots of information including their £20 million financial support for individuals.
Updates on projects: plans for the near future
Launching venue and date: Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales. Opening to the public on Friday 26 March 2021. The tour schedule has been updated and there are slots available for venues to book the exhibition in November 2021 and from July 2022.
Residencies: Craft in Common has been moved online and the free workshops are available here. Residencies with Oriel Davies Gallery and Heart of Glass in St Helens are underway.
Crafting the Commons Research Network – continues online and on the blog.
Weekly session – now online.
Workshops bookings – contact us for more information.
Sales – we’ve opened our new online shop.
We continue to work with Shelanu members through all means possible; to stay connected and share ideas, creative activities and plans until we can all meet together again in person.
Sharing event – postponed. Workshops April – postponed.
In March we were coming to the end of the creative programme with the fifth group, the first at Unity Hubb in Ward End. We had to postpone the sharing event due to lock down and have moved the exhibition of jewellery online so the participants can view their final collections and celebrate their achievement with their families and friends.
Our online shop is open but delivery times may be longer than usual.
As you may be doing more online shopping please remember to support your chosen charity through schemes like Easy Fundraising and Amazon Smile. You can donate to Craftspace through these schemes at no extra cost to you and find out more about other ways to support us here.