Making value: the economic and social contribution of craft makers

 We are pleased to inform you that the Crafts Council has just launched a major research project into the economic and social value of craft, focusing on portfolio working craft makers who engage with other industry sectors and community and education contexts. 

 The findings from this qualitative interview and literature based study will fuel our policy work, create content for our national conference on 22 June 2010 and provide a rounded view of the sector’s impact which can’t be fully captured by statistics.

 We’re keen to involve both a wide range of makers and also the organisations they work with, or are supported by, in this research. We hope you will be able to help in one or more ways, such as:

• identifying evaluations of programmes and projects evidencing the economic and/or social impact of makers
• providing information on education programmes and support service agency models aimed at developing makers’ portfolio practices
• suggesting individual makers as interviewees

• helping us to promote the research through your networks, newsletters and websites 

You will find more information about the project at:

We hope you will be able to contribute to Making value and look forward to hearing from you. Send your email to to contact Mary Schwarz, Research Consultant, or Karen Yair, Research & Information Manager at the Crafts Council.