A new report shows a dramatic growth in the number of people buying craft in an UK market now worth £3 billion.
This report launches in a turbulent market as craft businesses, alongside much of the rest of the economy, face enormous economic challenges caused by the Covid-19 virus. As makers look to secure their futures and to rebuild and strengthen their practice, the findings are a rich resource to help us interrogate and advance the vital roles of makers and consumers, as well as the galleries, fairs, markets and businesses that unite them.
Through its factories, its restoration workshops and its mission of furnishing state services, the Mobilier national, created by Colbert under the reign of Louis XIV, is an essential player in the ecosystem of crafts and artistic careers. As part of a support plan for the artistic and design professions, it is now taking its full share, as the Minister of Culture wished, in a series of actions for the benefit of the sector whole.
The work will inform a seminar series in Romsa/Tromsø in November 2020 exploring indigenous craft practices with reference to both Aotearoa New Zealand and the indigenous community in Sápmi, the Northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Alongside this series, a major exhibition will also be developed in partnership.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the fourth edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women, Dr. Josefa Koroivueta says the craft shows have grown from strength to strength in the last five years.