• Craft Scotland announced a series of events related to the COMPASS Emerging Maker programme for 2021. Their introductory paragraphs are copied below:

    The COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme focuses on nurturing talent and equipping individual makers with the skills they need to create a successful, sustainable, resilient business and creative practice.

    We are looking for professional, practicing craft makers who have been in business between one and four years and are producing design-led, contemporary one-off pieces or small batch production, to join the COMPASS: Emerging Maker 2021 cohort.

    Further details can be found by following the link, together with notifications of other opportunites, including Craft Scotland Week 2020 which runs from Monday 9th – Sundayt 15th November.


  • The Scottish Gallery, in Dundas Street, Edinburgh, is hosting the Craft Scotland Collect exhibition during September. As well as Lise Bech and Lizzie Farey, there are several other makers worth going to see, including ceramicists Patricia Shone and Lara Scobie, jewellers Dorothy Hogg and Anna Gordon are represented, and Malcolm Appleby, silversmith. Although the gallery is open by appointment only at present, they have a very good on-line catalogue so that you can peruse what they have on offer. 

    The exhibition details can be found at https://scottish-gallery.co.uk/exhibitions/craft-scotland-selects and the exhibition runs from 2nd to 26th September.

  • Now that the COVID-19 restrictions are being eased, galleries and craft outlets are keen to welcome visitors and sell work. If you wish to find something locally made, often from locally sourced  or grown materials, the following list of galleries and outlets have work by Scottish Basketmakers to sell. Not all their stock may be on display, so if you do not see something you like, ask. Also, please check their websites or social media pages to make sure that they will be open when you want to visit.

    Alchemist Gallery, Dingwall, Ross-shire



    The Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh



    The Fold – Craft and Design Store at the Barn, Banchory



    The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh



    Lael Craft Gallery, Ullapool, Wester Ros



    Mugdock Makkers Art and Craft Gallery, Milngavie



    Marcassie Farm Pole Barn, Rafford by Forres, Moray



    The Hirsel Gallery, Coldstream, Borders



    National Trust for Scotland - Priorwood Gardens, Melrose, Borders



    The Line Gallery, Linlithgow, West Lothian



    Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop, Falkland, Fife



    The Bealach Cafe and Gallery, Applecross, Wester Ross



    The Torridon Centre, Torridon, Wester Ross



    The Carron Pottery, Lochcarron, Wester Ross.


  • The Crafts Council have released a report


    that contains useful information to help makers market their work. In addition, they have announced a hardship fund, open for applications on a first-come, first served basis from 11.00 hrs on 17 June. The application process is available on the Crafts Council website


    They have published the following information: 

    Crafts sector hardship grant FAQs
    Who is eligible?
    This grant is open to contemporary craft businesses, heritage craft businesses and craft conservation businesses who meet at least one of the following criteria;

    • Those who have lost 75% of their income.
    • Those who can’t access any other forms of support – including government support, the Goldsmiths’ fund, Freelands Foundation and Arts Council grants
    • Those who have been in business 12 months or less and do not qualify for the Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
    • Those who are a director of their own limited company

    I am an ICON member, am I eligible?
    This grant will support ICON members, apart from those linked to the Specialist Interest Groups of Archaeology; Care of Collections; Ethnology and Heritage Science.

    I received my SEISS Government grant, but it was only a few hundred pounds, am I still eligible?
    We recognize that in many cases craft makers early in their career may have not made the profit that ensures their SEISS grant is enough and we will be open to those that have received less than £500.
    I am not a sole trader, I have a Limited Company, am I eligible?
    Yes, we will consider applications from Directors paid by dividend, but not those who are paid by a salary.
    Do I need to be registered with HMRC to be eligible?
    Yes, this grant is for registered craft businesses whether sole traders or limited companies that have not been able to access other support.
    Is this open to outside the UK?
    This grant is only available to craft businesses registered in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    How much is being given per person?
    A grant of £500 will be issued to successful applications.
    Can I apply more than once?
    No, only one application per person.
    How is the scheme being managed?
    On the Crafts Council’s Survey Monkey Apply secure platform.
    Why do I need a Survey Monkey Apply account?
    This online platform is designed with applicants in mind; to set up an account, all you need is a username email and password.  If you ever apply to another opportunity that is on Survey Monkey Apply your account will already be set up and can be re-used.
    How do I apply?
    Fill in the application process that goes live at 11am on Wednesday 17 June 2020.
    Please complete all the questions. Those who don’t meet our criteria will receive an email and will be signposted to Crafts Council support pages outlining the other forms of support available elsewhere.
    What should I have to had in order to complete the application?

    • Your UTR (Unique Tax Reference code)
    • Your member number if you are a member of ICON or Guild of Master Craftsmen
    • Your Company Registration Number if you have a limited company
    • Your bank details to enable us to process successful applications swiftly

    How will grants be assessed?
    All applications will be reviewed for approval to ensure all questions have been completed and applicants meet the criteria
    Grants will be issued on first some first served basis.
    How will I know if I have been given a grant?
    You will receive an email informing you that you have been successful or not.  The application form will ask for your bank details so that we can process your payment swiftly.
    If I am successful, how will I receive the grant?
    You will receive a BACS payment to the details you submit in your application form.  The reason we ask for your bank details in the application is to speed up the process of issuing grants.  Your bank details will not be stored.
    Will you be storing my data?
    We will only be storing your data for the following purposes:

    • To administer your grant following this your data will be deleted
    • You will be emailed to complete a three-question survey to help us measure the impact of this Hardship Fund; following this your email will be deleted from our database.
    • We will store your contact details if you opt in to receive Crafts Council maker newsletters; this will not be passed on to any third parties.

    Where else can I find grant support?

    • Freelands Foundation through Artists Newsletter
    • Visit the .gov.uk pages for up to date information on support
    • Visit grants online for funders issuing hardship grants
    • Local authority support listed on .go.uk website