Expanding the stewardship of craft

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Expanding the stewardship of craft

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It is imperative for the crafts sector to be embedded into the wider community as a tool for building assets and contributing to its well-being. As a result, the stewardship of the crafts sector is not only the practitioners but rather the entire community. The workshop will explore what role the crafts sector can play in developing and promoting the well-being of the community and how.

Daily 12.00- 14.30 Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 August 2021

A new premise for the crafts sector to build greater resilience is for the entire community to take ownership of the sector thereby contributing towards its wellbeing. Hence, when a craft practice contributes to the wellbeing of the community, it will be an asset to the community. As a community asset, the community will naturally safeguard and protect this against external shocks, while re-investing in it to secure its future. Hence, it is imperative for the crafts sector to be embedded into the community as a tool for building community asset, contributing to the community’s well-being. As a result, the stewardship of the crafts sector is not only the practitioners but rather the entire community.

In order for the community to take ownership of the crafts sector, the following questions will be explored during the workshop:

- What roles can the crafts sector play to promote the well-being of the community?

- How can crafts assist in developing the well-being of its community?

- Who can the crafts sector collaborate and partner with to bring about the greater well-being of the community?

- How will the impact of crafts be measured?

- How will crafts be re-capitalised to build resilience and to further contribute to the well-being of the community?

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- Teng Chamchumrus, Executive Officer, Office of the Under Secretary for Education, Smithsonian Institution

- Jane Friend, Consultant, Farnham WCC Craft City

- Dr Simon Ellis, Consultant

- Dr Joseph Lo, Consultant

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WCC International workshop series

Following a series of virtual seminars on contemporary craft issues held in December 2020, a further series of practical workshops on related themes is running August to September 2021. Devised by Rosy Greenlees, former WCC International President and Dr Joseph Lo the workshops draw on feedback from the seminar participants on areas where further supported was identified.

These events are open to WCC members, WCC Craft Cities, craft organisations, British Council Making Futures partners from across the globe.

With a panel of international workshop leaders each session will be an opportunity for participants to understand and practically apply their learning. Each seminar will take place 12.00– 14.30 British Summer Time and the programme will run over 1-3 days. Seminars will be conducted in English but options for translation may be available on booking.

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