Craft Expertise workshop series – tackling racism and inequality in craft

As part of the Craft Expertise project I worked with STEAMhouse in Birmingham to run a three-day workshop series (or STEAM Sprint) which ran over three weeks from November-December 2020. Participants in the workshops included makers who had been involved with this project, Craftspace and Crafts Council UK. The workshops were initially going to beContinue reading “Craft Expertise workshop series – tackling racism and inequality in craft”

Recap of Craft Economies: Inequalities, Opportunities, Interventions conference

This post was originally written for the BCMCR (Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research) blog. On 4th December I ran the Craft Economies: Inequalities, Opportunities, Interventions conference, as part of my AHRC Innovation Fellowship project Craft Expertise. The aim of the conference, which took place at STEAMhouse Birmingham, was to highlight and discuss issues aroundContinue reading “Recap of Craft Economies: Inequalities, Opportunities, Interventions conference”

Craft, Expertise and Value

Now that my UKRI/RCUK Innovation Fellowship, Craft Expertise (short name) is off the ground and the first round of interviews and ethnography have been completed, I’m able to share some initial thoughts. First a quick recap – this project is in collaboration with Crafts Council UK and aims to support greater diversity in the UKContinue reading “Craft, Expertise and Value”

New project – Supporting diversity and expertise development in the contemporary craft economy

As of March 1st I began my new AHRC Leadership Fellows project, continuing my collaboration with Crafts Council UK. The project seeks to develop an empirical and theoretical account of the nature of craft expertise among primarily black and minority ethnic (BAME) women in the UK. As I have detailed in this blog over theContinue reading “New project – Supporting diversity and expertise development in the contemporary craft economy”

Creative Economy Engagement Project Update

This is an update on my AHRC funded project with the Crafts Council originally posted on their website.  I am now almost three months into this AHRC-supported Creative Economy Engagement Fund project in collaboration with the Crafts Council. For this project we are looking at how digital technology, mainly social media, could support diversity inContinue reading “Creative Economy Engagement Project Update”

Diversity in Cultural Leadership: a report for the West Midlands Leadership Commission

Since late 2017 I have been working with my colleague Dr Annette Naudin and Professor Jenny Phillimore of University of Birmingham on a report which maps diversity in cultural leadership in the West Midlands. This is part of a larger project on diversity in leadership by the West Midlands Leadership Commission, led by Mayor ofContinue reading “Diversity in Cultural Leadership: a report for the West Midlands Leadership Commission”