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Opportunity: COMPASS – Emerging Curator Programme 2023

Applications are now open for an exciting new COMPASS programme for craft curators.

Craft Scotland is delighted to announce applications are now open for the COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme, a new strand of COMPASS developed by Craft Scotland, specifically for craft curators.

This programme will run as a pilot to allow us to test the model and impact for the sector.

Curators play a key role in sustaining and innovating Scotland’s ecosystem for contemporary craft, however, there has been little infrastructure to support their professional development to date.

A report ‘Sustaining Curatorial Careers Research’ by Dr Stacey Hunter for Craft Scotland published in April 2022, highlighted a continuing ambiguity around definitions of curating within craft which reflects the multi-layered role of craft curators – as organisers or producers as well as curators.

The COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme aims to address this gap in infrastructure and provide a development programme to support emerging curators at the early stages of their creative practice.

This pilot programme will run between August 2023 and March 2024, and is aimed at professional practising curators in the early stages of their craft career, who have up to five years of relevant experience.

Programme outline

Online and in-person workshop series

The COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme has been designed to provide emerging curators with the building blocks to develop their curatorial practice.

The series of workshops will cover Creating a Compelling Proposal, Critical Curating, Fundraising and Budgets, Marketing and PR, and embedding Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion into craft curatorial projects.

Delivered by knowledgeable workshop leaders who understand the day to day of being a curator, participants will be guided through the fundamentals of developing a curatorial practice. The first session will be in person and for the full day, the remaining sessions will be online and around 90 minutes.

Research trip

Following the workshops, the cohort will, together with Craft Scotland and the Curatorial Programme Lead, visit Stockholm Craft Week in October 2023.

Travel dates to be confirmed, Stockholm Craft Week runs 4-8 October 2023.

The cohort will attend a planned programme of meetings, networking event, talks and studio and exhibition visits. They will also attend the Curating Craft Conference that will run as part of Stockholm Craft Week. The trip will be an opportunity to meet European craft curators and research a wide variety of contemporary craft activity from Nordic countries.

Curatorial Programme Lead

The cohort will be supported through the programme by an established curator, appointed by Craft Scotland as Programme Lead. The curator will provide support through group meetings and one-to-one advice.

Sector meetings and shared learning

Throughout the programme there will be an opportunity to meet other key members of the craft and curatorial sector in Scotland who will be able to share thoughts and learnings.

End of Programme Exhibition

To enable the cohort to bring together their learnings and further extend the legacy of the programme, Craft Scotland will offer funding for a Scotland-based exhibition through the Inches Carr Awards.

The End of Programme Exhibition will take place in 2024 and will enable the curators to realise further research on completion of the programme. All participants will work together on the exhibition and have access to a small budget to realise their idea.

For more details, visit the Craft Scotland website.

Apply now

Closing date: 4 July 2023

(Top image by Martin Allan Smith)

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Opportunity: Jorum Craft Award – Round 7

Inspired by Urban Nature? Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Jorum Craft Award.

The Jorum Craft Award provides funding to support makers’ exploration of materials, including but not limited to research and development of a new piece of work, project or collection. Each Craft Award centres around a theme, exploring the intersection between technical skill and material innovation.

The theme for Round 7 (summer 2023) is Urban Nature. Your work may explore urban environments and its interplay with nature or perhaps your ideas about urban life (urbanity). Each theme can be interpreted by the maker through their materials, concepts, designs whether this is literally or abstractly.

We are looking for proposals for new bodies of work that explore Urban Nature and that investigate different approaches to materiality.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear view of their future development (and/or that of a particular project), and how receiving the Jorum Craft Award would help them to achieve their goals.

Jorum Studio is a Scottish perfumer established 2010 – creating perfumes conceived of the head, nurtured with heart, crafted by hand.

Award details

One award available per round, between £500 and £1,000, to assist with the development of your creative practice.

Award requirements
  • Complete a digital sketchbook (images, writing, drawing etc.) documenting the creative process over a 6–12-month period (activity to be agreed with Jorum Studio upon selection).
  • Provide feedback to Craft Scotland on how the award has helped you develop your creative practice (6-12 months after).
How to apply?

If you are interested in applying for the award, please fill in this short form by 5pm, Tuesday 11 July 2023.

Craft Scotland will be in touch to confirm whether you have been successful by Friday 28 July 2023.

  • Professional makers, living and working in Scotland. ​
  • Applicants should be working in one or more of Craft Scotland’s eligible disciplines.
  • All work should be the design of the maker and made by the maker (or small-batch production under their direct supervision).
  • All work must reflect excellence and the unique vision of its maker, be well-conceived and skilfully made.
  • Previous Jorum Craft Award unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply.
  • Previous successful recipients of the Jorum Craft Award are not eligible to reapply.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate how their proposal follows the chosen theme and/or concern.
  • The amount applied for should be between £500 – £1,000.
  • Applicants should be able to provide a brief breakdown of how the award will be spent.

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JOB: StAnza – Scotland’s International Poetry Festival is seeking a new artistic director

We are looking for a creative, dynamic and hard-working person with a passion for poetry to take up the freelance role of StAnza’s artistic director.

To maintain StAnza’s established reputation in the poetry community nationally and internationally, they will have the ability to develop high-quality cultural programmes, considerable experience in cultural administration, and a flair for communicating with a wide range of artists (from emergent to renowned), audiences and stakeholders.

Building on the success and growth of recent years, the artistic director will guide us into the next chapter of the festival’s history, working in close partnership with the operations manager to lead the organisation strategically.

Role details

Reporting to: The board of trustees (chair)

Contract type: 12 months fixed-term*, freelance. Renewable subject to funding and performance.

Working days: 115 days total, averaging 2 to 3 days per week, dependent upon the needs of the business. The nature of this position requires flexible working.

Rate of pay: £22,425 total contract fee (£195 per day).

Base: Remotely from home, with regular travel to Edinburgh and St Andrews to meet with staff, committees and partners.

*This role is partially supported by project funding that is due to be confirmed by October 2024. The initial contract period will run to October 2024, with the remaining period to be confirmed once a funding decision is received.

StAnza has been successfully funded for 26 years and we anticipate receiving appropriate funding towards this role.

How to apply

Please visit and download the job pack for full details of the role and how to apply.

Deadline for applications: 10.00am Friday 23 June 2023.

Person specification

Essential qualities, skills and experience:

  • The fresh vision, imagination, ambition and passion to consolidate StAnza’s successes and challenges through to the next Festival iteration and beyond
  • The ability and passion to programme and promote StAnza’s central role in developing and platforming writing that speaks to and reflects contemporary society in all its diversity
  • Knowledge of arts funding and extensive experience of fundraising
  • Previous experience of programming literary events at this level
  • Productive and wide-ranging networks within the literary/cultural sector
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, particularly in teamwork
  • The ability to inspire and motivate stakeholders, staff and creative personnel

Desirable (but not essential) qualities, skills and experience:

  • An interest in digital opportunities for the arts
  • Experience of working with writers to develop their craft
Purpose of the role
  • To develop and articulate an overarching artistic vision for the organisation: one that consolidates StAnza’s position as a leading creative entity in the sector
  • Informed by the artistic mission, to lead on the strategic and business planning for the organisation, in conjunction with the operations manager and board of trustees
  • To implement a vision that is fed by – and feeds – the AD’s own artistic practice, as well as evolving in response to social, cultural and political contexts
  • To maintain a presence within and an up-to-date knowledge of the literary sector
  • To actively advocate for StAnza and its work across the sector

Please visit our website – – to view the responsibilities of the role and to download the job pack for full details of the application process.

Deadline for applications: 10.00am Friday 23 June 2023.

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New artist-led project will explore how audiences travel to Perth venues

Creative Carbon Scotland is partnering with Perth Theatre and Concert Hall on a new project with artist and filmmaker Helen McCrorie to explore and address how audiences travel to and from the venues.

Created through funding from sustainable and active travel organisation Paths for AllTransforming Audience Travel Through Art is a 12-month project that seeks to address challenges around audience travel with a view to identifying more sustainable options.

An artist and filmmaker based in Perth & Kinross, and an activist with Climate Action Strathearn, Helen McCrorie collaborates with community groups to make work that explores radical human ecologies, including outdoor learning and community buyouts.

The project will see Helen organising, researching and conducting workshops with repeat attendees of Perth Theatre and Concert Hall, to learn about their transport methods and travel experiences.

Helen will use her creative methods to document how audiences travel to and from the venues, build a community of interest, and co-create artistic work that will showcase the benefits of, and barriers to, sustainable travel and promote a positive attitude to sustainability. The project will culminate in two sharing events with Perth Theatre and Concert Hall audience members and staff, along with local decision-makers.

This will work alongside and feed into a promotional campaign delivered by Perth Theatre and Concert Hall, highlight events that will promote sustainable travel choices and advocate for local policy decisions that will facilitate these choices.

Calculations show that for Perth Theatre and Concert Hall – and equivalent organisations – audience travel to and from the venues is one of the largest sources of emissions associated with their work. The organisation does not have direct control over how people travel to their buildings, but they can facilitate and encourage more sustainable travel choices.

Helen McCrorie said:

“I live in a rural community in Perth & Kinross and the bus service is a lifeline, but it’s woefully inadequate. Regular, affordable public transport is essential for climate and social justice. I’m an activist with local group Climate Action Strathearn. We have been responding to council and government climate pledges and consultations and we are seeking urgent momentum for sustainable transport. I’m excited to be able to combine my art practice with activism in this project.”

Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland, said:

“If Scotland is going to reach net zero, we need to fix transport, which is now the country’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the only one that’s growing. If this innovative project can help transform the ways audiences travel to shows that’s a step, not only towards reducing a major source of a venue’s emissions, but to reducing the country’s transport emissions overall. We’re very pleased to be involved and hope this project will provide a model for venues elsewhere in Scotland looking to make change locally.”

Nick Williams, Chief Executive of Perth Theatre and Concert Hall said:

“As an organisation that is working to improve the environmental impact of our operations and influencing broader decarbonisation efforts in the area, it is important to take notice of how our audiences travel and the alternative options available to them. Transforming Audience Travel Through Art is an opportunity to talk directly to visitors to our venues to identify the challenges and barriers they face when attending events. We’re delighted to be working with Helen McCrorie to deliver the message in a creative and collaborative way.”

The project will run from May 2023 until March 2024, starting with a survey to audiences about how they travel to the venues. You can find more information on our Transforming audience travel through art project page.

Visitors to Perth Theatre and Concert Hall venues are invited to complete a short survey about travel options and choices.

Transforming audience travel through art is funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places, which is Paths for All’s programme to increase active and sustainable travel throughout Scotland. The programme is grant-funded by Transport Scotland.

Paths for All is a charity and is the champion of everyday walking in Scotland. Paths for All’s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all. 

This project is being run as part of our culture/SHIFT programme, which promotes how the arts and culture can transform society in response to climate change.

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Opportunity: Developing Edinburgh’s SPRINGBOARD network

We’re looking for proposals to bring together the sustainable arts and culture community of Edinburgh with local climate and community partners to develop relationships that lead to local action addressing the climate emergency. 

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Initiative brings together more than 350 cultural organisations across Scotland who are committed to addressing the climate emergency. Members do this through understanding and reducing their environmental impact, adapting to climate change impacts, and working with their influence across the sector and among their audiences and participants.

Our related SPRINGBOARD local assemblies for creative climate action bring these organisations together with climate and community partners to share and work towards addressing specific climate challenges in their areas.

Seeking a partner cultural organisation

Thanks to support from the City of Edinburgh Council, and following the Edinburgh SPRINGBOARD local assembly held in November 2022, we’re seeking a partner cultural organisation within Edinburgh to lead on developing the emerging citywide SPRINGBOARD network with the curation and delivery of activities to be held throughout 2023-24 to consolidate the network’s collaboration for action. For example, this might include a small number of gatherings to connect cultural organisations with climate and community players to build relationships and share knowledge in such a way that Edinburgh’s cultural organisations and artists develop their skills and capacity to address the climate emergency.

We can offer £1800 and some support in kind around promotion and communication for this work as well as support for connections with climate partners. There is an opportunity to collaborate with Edinburgh Climate Action Network (part of Scottish Communities Climate Action Network) to reach and work with community partners and we can support directly with climate contacts where useful. Climate justice and by extension equality, diversity and inclusion are important themes in our work so we’re keen to work with a partner who can demonstrate similar priorities within their plans, ensuring the diversity and breadth of Edinburgh’s cultural scene is both represented and considered in the planned gatherings. We would also draw attention to our Safe Working Statement, which we expect any proposed activities to use.

We expect this opportunity to appeal to an Edinburgh-based cultural organisation or potentially a freelancer with capacity and contacts to organise and develop a network.

SPRINGBOARD local assemblies aim to optimise collaboration for creative climate action, building networks to share knowledge and skills that enable culture to play its part in the wider shift to a just and green future for all.

How to apply

Please provide expressions of interest via attachment to an email to covering the following points by Monday 5 June at 5pm:

  • What your organisation, if successful, plans to do with the funds and how this will achieve greater collaboration across culture, climate and community for creative climate action in Edinburgh (500 words).
  • An overview of your organisation’s existing capacity and knowledge related to creative climate action and what beneficial experience you would bring to this activity (300 words).
  • The impact you expect your proposed activity to achieve and how you’ll demonstrate it at the end of the work (300 words).
  • A brief example of your experience in handling and reporting on projects to satisfactory completion, demonstrating your organisation’s capability and capacity to do so. (250 words)

Creative Carbon Scotland will work with Edinburgh Climate Action Network and City of Edinburgh Council to review expressions of interest with proposed activities that will achieve the desired impact from applicants with the capacity to deliver. Applicants can expect to hear from us by Friday 23 June 2023.

Any questions?

Please contact Green Arts Manager, Caro Overy:

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Opportunity: Craft Hub contributors (Round 2)

Craft Scotland is looking for Scotland-based makers to contribute to Craft Hub Website

Craft Hub is a collaborative three-year project involving nine UK & EU partners including Craft Scotland, co-funded by Creative Europe.

Craft Hub aims to illustrate craft’s importance in our shared European cultural heritage, and its continuing relevance in contemporary practice. The three-year programme includes maker residencies, exhibitions, conferences, events and a new digital platform.

The Craft Hub website is dedicated to preserving craft knowledge, materials and processes for the good of the craft community and to inspire future generations. We are looking to showcase the breadth of Scotland’s disciplines and materials through the entries.

The Craft Hub Material Library is a collection of materials and techniques for all to explore. Makers will document a specific process through images, video and text, preserving craft knowledge across Europe for generations. Each participant will contribute six entries to the library.

Contributors will also create a profile on the Craft Hub Practitioners Library, allowing you to showcase your work alongside European makers and be part of wider European network. The Library also allows makers to share their practice with curators, producers and the European craft community with a short interview.

This is a paid opportunity; each contributor will be paid £150 (inc. VAT) for their contribution to the Craft Hub website (six entries to the Material Library and one profile on the Practitioners Library). This rate is in line with the Scottish Artist Union Rates of Pay 2022.

Once selected, contributors will be supported by the Craft Scotland team to create their Craft Hub entries and provided with guides. This may include supporting you to think through what processes you would like to document and how to use your own existing audio and visual equipment (laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc.) to capture the process.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying for the opportunity, please fill in a short form by 5pm, Thursday 11 June

Craft Scotland will be in touch to confirm whether you have been successful the end of June.

  • Professional makers, living and working in Scotland
  • Applicants should be working in one or more of Craft Scotland’s eligible disciplines
  • All work should be the design of the maker and made by the maker (or small-batch production under their direct supervision)
  • All work must reflect excellence and the unique vision of its maker, be well-conceived and skilfully made

Makers will be selected to ensure there is a wide range of materials, processes, disciplines and Scottish locations represented on the Craft Hub.


All participants agree that the material knowledge and craft process they document for the Craft Hub will be provided under Creative Commons. It is your decision what you feel comfortable sharing, however, you should provide at least enough information to introduce viewers to your process and the materials’ properties.

Deadline for uploading all entries is 5pm, Friday 15 September 2023.


Payment will be upon completion of the Craft Hub Material and Practitioners’ entries. All entries will need to be verified by one of the Craft Hub partners. Please factor this small delay into your schedule.
Contributors can send an invoice to Craft Scotland upon completion. Craft Scotland’s payment terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice.

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Opportunity: Curatorial Programme Lead

Join Craft Scotland in developing and delivering an exciting new craft curator programme for COMPASS

Craft Scotland is seeking an experienced Curatorial Programme Lead to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of a pilot COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme.

This role is to start early July 2023 until March 2024 and will be approximately 14 days of work for a fee of £5,000 (inclusive of VAT).

Curators play a key role in sustaining and innovating Scotland’s ecosystem for contemporary craft however, there has been little infrastructure to support their professional development to date.

Following the ‘Sustaining Curatorial Careers Research’ report by Dr Stacey Hunter for Craft Scotland (published April 2022), Craft Scotland will run a pilot learning and development programme for a small cohort of emerging Scotland-based curators. Running from August 2023 until March 2024.

The successful candidate will work with the selected cohort through networking and professional development sessions, travelling as a group to Stockholm Craft Week, connecting with established curators/industry contacts and presenting reflections on the programme back to the sector.

If you think you might be a good fit for the opportunity and would like to find out more, in advance of applying, then please do get in touch. You can contact Jo Scott, Head of Programmes, Craft Scotland, via email at

COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme

Programme aims:

The COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme seeks to nurture curatorial talent, provide professional development, facilitate knowledge sharing, and sustain international networks. The long-term aim is to support a flourishing sector through empowering craft professionals to create more opportunities to see, buy and engage with craft in Scottish venues.

Purpose of the programme

  • Furthering curatorial careers within craft through professional development
  • Strengthening the professional framework for curators and curatorial practice
  • Networking and developing connections within the sector at home and internationally
  • Profiling craft curators and their contribution to the sector
  • Making new connections with museums and galleries, and organisations
​​Programme outline

The programme will feature a cohort of up to 4 emerging curators and will take a practical learning approach through a series of workshops, a European research trip, networking events and a final curated show.

The workshops will cover:

  • Creating compelling project proposals
  • Curatorial approaches within artform/cultural context
  • Fundraising and budgets
  • Marketing and PR
  • Equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

​Throughout the programme the Curatorial Programme Lead will offer informal mentoring to the cohort and will attend all the workshop sessions. There will be an evaluation and presentation of findings at the end of the programme.

Curatorial Programme Lead role description
  • Work closely with the Craft Scotland team to help shape the programme content and identify workshop presenters.
  • Prepare and deliver the workshops on ‘Creating compelling project proposals’ and ‘Critical curating’ (this can be alone or co-presented)
  • Be part of the selection process for the Emerging Curator cohort (shortlisting and interviews)
  • Attend Stockholm Craft Week in October 2023 with the cohort and Craft Scotland
  • Be available to the cohort for 1:1 informal mentoring during the programme and for the end of programme exhibition
  • Feed into the evaluation of the pilot programme
  • Have a knowledge of the Scottish contemporary craft sector
  • Be based within the UK
  • Have an in-depth knowledge and strong track record of curating shows and exhibitions that present contemporary craft
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of craft, current themes and trends within craft, and an independent artistic vision
  • Be committed to embedding best practice in terms of fair pay, EDI and sustainability/climate action
​Programme administration

A member of the Craft Scotland Programmes team will provide support specifically with the programme administration. Their responsibilities will include; booking and contracting speakers and facilitators, preparing and sending out joining instructions, scheduling meetings/events/1:1s, booking flights and accommodation, liaising with participants as appropriate, invoicing etc.

Please note that a budget for the programme delivery will be provided to pay for invited guests and speakers, travel etc. This delivery budget is in addition to the fee outlined in this brief.

Programme ownership

Craft Scotland will own all rights to the training programme.


A fee of £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) is available for this project. The fee is based on 14 days’ work at the Scottish Artist Union rate of £336 per day. The work is outlined above.

Please note that the fee may be paid in stages. The detail of this will be outlined in the contract.

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the Craft Scotland online application form.

Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need to submit:

  • Your CV
  • Images of three events or exhibitions that you have been involved in curating
  • An image of yourself. Preferably this would be a photograph of you at work, at an exhibition or event you have curated or in a work context
  • Answers to specific questions about your curatorial practice including; your previous experience and information about curatorial projects you have been involved in.
  • Reasons why you are interested in this opportunity and how you think your practice will benefit
Key deadlines
  • Deadline for receipt of Curatorial Programme Lead applications: 5pm, Thursday 1 June 2023
  • Curatorial Programme Lead interviews for shortlisted applicants: Thursday 8 June 2023 (time tbc)
  • Applicants notified of the outcome of their application: Thursday 15 June 2023
  • Curatorial Programme Lead and Craft Scotland programme planning meeting: Early July (date tbc)
  • Deadline for receipt of Emerging Curator applications: 5pm, Tuesday 4 July 2023
  • Emerging Curator interviews via Zoom: Wednesday 12 July 2023
  • COMPASS Emerging Curator Programme Introduction and Creating Compelling Project Proposals Workshop: Tuesday 8 August 2023 (full day in person)
  • ‘Critical Curating’ workshop: Tuesday 15 August 2023 (online time tbc) – guest speaker and group discussion thinking through curatorial approaches and ideas; exploring craft within its artform and cultural context
  • Marketing and PR workshop: Tuesday 29 August 2023 (online time tbc)
  • Fundraising and Budgets workshop: Tuesday 12 September 2023 (online time tbc)
  • ‘Embedding EDI into curatorial projects’: Tuesday 26 September 2023 (online time tbc)
  • Research trip to Stockholm Craft Week (includes Curating Craft Conference on Wednesday 4 October): Wednesday 4 – Sunday 8 October 2023
  • Workshop/event: Review of Stockholm Craft Week and Initial event planning: Tuesday 17 October 2023 (time tbc)
  • Sector networking event: late 2023
  • Share learnings with sector: during 2024
  • End of programme exhibition featuring contributions from all cohort participants: during 2024

More information:

Apply now:

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Opportunity: Craft Scotland board members – Finance

Join Craft Scotland’s Board to support the development of an inspiring and creative sector.

Passionate about Scottish contemporary craft? Join Craft Scotland’s Board to support the development of an inspiring and creative sector.

In this Board recruitment round, Craft Scotland is particularly looking for an individual with experience in finance to join the Board and become a member of the Finance and Remuneration Committee. This may include those with professional qualifications in the area of finance or those with experience in managing the finances of a business or charity.

Relevant experience includes:
  • Financial management, preferably with formal accountancy qualifications
  • Entrepreneurial income generation, commercial or trading activity
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Individuals with CEO or Senior Finance Manager experience at a similar scale or large organisation

The Craft Scotland board is responsible for shaping strategy, monitoring progress and ensuring robust and compliant operation. Together with the director and senior staff we regularly review the programme, explore the wider landscape and jointly develop new strategy and plans.

We are keen to welcome people who can bring fresh perspectives, are passionate about craft, creativity or design, and can help us deliver our ambitions.

We are seeking people with lived experience – being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, refugee, d/Deaf, LGBTQIA+, under 50, or living with a disability. Our current Board and team are majority white, cisgender and non-disabled, and we believe our work will be stronger with input from people who bring different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. No-one is expected to represent specific groups, but to bring their full self, life experience and unique lens.

We can find ways to enable participation, including reimbursing appropriate travel expenses, considering caring responsibilities when scheduling, and using online video or conference calling to minimise time, cost and carbon emissions.

We will support you to participate as a board member whether you are based in Scotland, the UK or elsewhere.

Interested but not quite sure?

We also welcome informal conversations with anyone who would prefer to take a little longer to get to know us. Perhaps you would like to take some time to build your confidence, develop your understanding of board roles or the organisation/sector?

Any questions?

If you have questions or would like a brief exploratory chat before applying, please contact:

Sandra Gunn:
Irene Kernan, Director:

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Opportunity: Craft Directory – maker open call

Reach new craft audiences and join Craft Scotland’s online Craft Directory.

Our Craft Directory is the go-to destination for craft buyers, curators and media professionals who are passionate about supporting Scottish contemporary craft and looking for beautiful handmade objects.

Join the Craft Directory for £49 annually and showcase your practice to new audiences in Scotland and beyond.

  • A unique virtual portfolio for you to showcase your work.
  • Dedicated marketing support, including spotlights on our website, social media and press features.
  • A streamlined process for applying to Craft Scotland opportunities directly through your Maker Account.
  • Be a part of a vibrant community of makers and craft venues creating work in Scotland.
  • The Craft Scotland Selection Panel will now meet three times a year to review submitted applications.

Summer review deadline: midnight, Thursday 18 June 2023.

Craft Scotland is a registered charity. All income generated from the Craft Directory is reinvested back into our annual programme that supports makers and champions Scottish contemporary craft, including projects that connect local communities with craft.

Need help?

If you have any questions in relation to the Craft Directory or require technical assistance/support, the Craft Scotland team are happy to help. Please email:

Please note, that Craft Destinations applications will re-open later this year.

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Opportunity: Apply for Collect 2024

Craft Scotland is delighted to announce applications are now open for makers, who produce works of collectable contemporary craft, to be a part of our showcase at Collect 2024.

Craft Scotland is looking for makers who produce works of collectable contemporary craft with a demonstrable in-depth knowledge of materials, excellence in making (process and skill), and artistic vision.

Collect showcases makers who push the boundaries of their practice. The benefits for participating makers are wide-reaching with many makers receiving commissions at the fair, being invited to exhibit with commercial galleries, having work purchased for museum and private collections, and receiving considerable press and social media interest both before and during the fair.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 6 June 2023

For Collect, makers are expected to be categorised within the following materials/disciplines:

  • Art jewellery
  • Ceramics
  • Fibre/textiles
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Lacquer
  • Gold/silversmithing
  • Stone
  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Wood

Makers using digital technologies and modern materials within their work are expected to demonstrate that hand skill and craft knowledge is the lead component in both the concept and finished object.

Applications will not be accepted from makers presenting painting, drawing, graphic design, print making (on paper) or photography.

Individual pieces at Collect are to be sold across a range of price points from a minimum of £500. There is no limit on the maximum price. The average price point of a piece is typically several thousand pounds.

The presence of new and emerging talent is an essential aspect of keeping Collectrelevant and contemporary. We therefore encourage applications from makers who have not previously exhibited at Collect. If you think you might meet the criteria for the fair but would like to find out more, then we have prepared some frequently asked questions (FAQ), which can be found at the end of the application pack.

Additionally, if you are thinking about significantly developing your work in a new direction or making large scale, experimental work and you would like to discuss this in advance of applying, then please do get in touch. We will be holding Collect application surgeries, a 20-minute Zoom call with Jo Scott, Head of Programmes, between 10am and 5:30pm on Tuesday 16 May 2023. Register your place, booking essential as limited availability. Please book one slot only.

Eligibility criteria & selection process

You must:

  • Live and work in Scotland.
  • Produce works of collectable contemporary craft.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of materials, excellence in making (process and skill), and artistic vision.
  • Be categorised within the following materials/disciplines: art jewellery, ceramics, fibre/textiles, furniture, glass, lacquer, gold/silversmithing, stone, leather, paper and wood.
  • Not be represented by another commercial gallery at the fair.

A selection panel appointed by Craft Scotland will meet to review all applications to shortlist a group of makers. These makers are then required to be submitted to the Crafts Council’s Advisory Panel for final sign-off. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early September 2023.

Craft Scotland selection panels are made up of national and international industry professionals, such as curators and producers, alongside members of the Craft Scotland team. Applications will be reviewed by the selection panel against published criteria and they will consider the overall group aesthetic and story.

The Craft Scotland selection panel for Collect 2024 will be confirmed in due course.​

Equal opportunities & access

Craft is culturally significant, essential to our economy and meaningful to our communities. Craft Scotland believes that everyone should have the opportunity to see, enjoy, learn about and participate in craft.

We are committed to equality and opposed to all forms of unfair discrimination. We welcome applications from underrepresented in the cultural sector: including but not limited to makers with lived experience of being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, Refugee, D/deaf, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+.

We welcome applications from makers from all backgrounds.

Fees & costs

Successful makers will be required to pay a participation fee of £250 (this fee is towards the cost of the stand, administration, staffing and marketing/PR). This fee is due in October 2023 and may be paid as a lump sum or in three instalments (£85/October, £85/November and £80/December).

Craft Scotland will take 50% commission on individual sales up to £5,000 and 35% commission on the proportion over £5,000.

Craft Scotland will take 10% commission on sales made up to three months after the fair.

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the online application form.

Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need to gather some documents and information. We recommend you prepare your answers on a separate document before beginning your application form, to make sure you have a backup of your responses.

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