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Shaping the Future: Making a Vision for Craft in the North West
Thu 10 March 2016, 12:30 – 19:00 GMT
Join us for an afternoon of talks and activities that will shape the future of craft in the North West.
What are the challenges you face as someone who works with craft in the North West? What can we do to make craft and makers great? What actually is the Northern Powerhouse? What does the future hold?
Come and talk about your challenges; hear inspirational speakers on topics such as trends, Northern-ness and new technologies and what they might mean for us; take part in structured sessions that will form a plan of action to strengthen the sector, and build your connections with a vibrant network of makers, galleries, museums, educators and Arts organisations. Together we can make the North West a brilliant place for contemporary craft and the people who make it.
Speakers are Louise Allen, Head of Innovation and Development Programmes, Design and Crafts Council Ireland and co-curator for the acclaimed exhibition 'Liminal: Irish Design at the Threshold' in 2015; renowned Scottish artist, innovator and educator, Geoffrey Mann and Liam Hopkins of world-spanning Manchester based creative studio Lazerian.
Special sessions will seek your views on a host of potential activities that could form our future plans – how can we have more quality exhibitions, better selling, more great craft events, better maker support, and lots of regional pride. Ideas addressing these and lots more will be on the table.
There will be lots of opportunity for you to ask targeted questions about your work or practice. Central to the afternoon will be a networking hub gathering many of the members of the NW Craft Network Development Group. These include makers, galleries, curators, museums and more. They'll be ready to meet you, chat about your work or to develop ideas and potential collaborations.
Read more about our speakers and content of the day here