Maker-Centric 2017

A partnership between Craftspace and the University of Wolverhampton.
Part of the AHRC’s Connecting Communities programme.

A man stands in a large room surrounded by colourful carnival costumes.

Professor Black at Oaklands Community Centre

A partnership between Craftspace, the University of Wolverhampton and Soho House Museum.
Part of the AHRC’s Connecting Communities programme.
Handsworth, Birmingham
Autumn-Winter 2017

Do you craft or make things for pleasure or work? We want to hear from you!

Maker-Centric research project explores how the act of making can help bring communities together to form and shape a sense of identity and heritage.

Get involved

Do you live in Handsworth, Birmingham and craft or make things for pleasure or work? We want to hear from you!

Sewing, woodwork, model making, sugar craft, glass, jewellery, pottery, ceramics, knitting, dress making, metalwork, basketry, mosaic, paper craft, card making, printing, leather work, millinery, weaving, embroidery and more…

We believe that craft and making is good for health and wellbeing and helps to maintain social connections between people in communities.

Get in touch to tell us what you do or groups you are involved in:

Contact: Deirdre Figueiredo: 0121 608 6668,  [email protected],, instagram: @craftspace_  Twitter @tweetcraftspace

The project

Two groups are co-producing research with artists to create objects that reflect and tell the hidden stories of region’s shared heritage. One group will be based in Birmingham at Soho House Museum working with artist Melanie Tomlinson, whilst the other group will be based in Wolverhampton in Hope Community and Gatis Community Space working with artists Laura Onions and Gavin Rogers. There is a project blog.

The project is a partnership between Craftspace and the University of Wolverhampton. It is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities funded programme and builds on the findings of our previous Co-Producing CARE: Community Asset-Based Research and Enterprise project

Maker-Centric Birmingham is led by Craftspace in partnership with Soho House Museum in Handsworth, home of the industrialist Matthew Boulton from 1766-1809. We are also working in partnership with Fab Lab West Bromwich using new technologies to produce elements of artwork.

A craft group based at Soho House Museum have become creative ambassadors. Together we are researching what craft activity people in Handsworth do and what skills they have.  The information gathered will be visualised into an artwork to be displayed at Soho House.

The aim is to find out whether creative/craft skills are valued as a local community asset. If so, how can this resource be activated for the common good of the local community?

Where Next

A selection of lasercut brooches made by participants with coloured yarn/thread weaved through.

Co-creating craft (CARE)

Community participants aged 50+ in Birmingham and Dublin conducted a creative and skills exchange.

An older lady learns how to make a card from paper.

Craft on the Radio

An Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Connected Communities Programme research project with Northumbria University and Falmouth University and

A cylinder shape is highly decorated with image of dystopia and utopia including illustrations of drugs, mental illness, plants and buildings.

Maker-Centric 2016: Utopia

Artists Melanie Tomlinson and Gauri Raje work with a group of people aged 50+ on the theme of Utopia. Part


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