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WCC International and British Council Craft Seminar Series 2020

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Notice: since all seminars are now fully booked please email if you wish to attend and we will add you to the waiting list. If you have registered for an event and no longer wish to attend please do cancel your booking to allow others to attend. Many thanks.

To coincide with its quadrennial General Assembly on 9 December 2020 and to celebrate the Crafts Cities Network initiative, WCC International, with support from the British Council, is holding a series of five virtual seminars.

With a panel of international speakers each seminar will be an opportunity to debate and explore the role of craft in contemporary society. The results of which will inform a ‘plan for the future of craft’ at a day conference in March 2021.

These events are open to craft organisations, makers, WCC members, British Council MakingFutures partners, educators, NGOs and policy makers from across the globe.

Each seminar will take place 12.00pm – 2.30pm GMT and will be conducted in English. For translation requests or if you have access requirements please email:

Monday 30 November - The role of craft in crises

From handmade scrubs in the UK to earthquake resistant buildings in Nepal this theme explores the role of craft in crisis response and recovery, and its longer-term contribution to the rehabilitation of disaster-stricken communities.


Kendall Robbins (USA/UK) - Former Cultural Manager, British Council Crafting Futures Programme


Dr Masanori Nagoaka(Japan/Cambodia) - Cultural Programme Specialist, UNESCO Cambodia

Rebekah Cheng (USA/Japan) - Project Manager, Ishinomaki Laboratory

Nripal Adhikary (Nepal) - Founder, Abari

Brooke Dennis (New Zealand/UK) - Founder, Scrub Hub


Manjari Nirula (India) - Senior Vice President, WCC Asia Pacific Region

Maegan Black (Canada) - Director, Canadian Crafts Federation

Tuesday 1 December - Craft industry and the circular economy

Although green practices are already imbedded in some craft practices the sector has its own environmental impact to address. How can adopting the principles of the circular economy enable the craft to play an active role in mitigating against worsening global climatic changes?


Halle Butvin (USA) - Director of Special Projects at the Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution


Nicholas Gant (UK) - Founder, Community 21

Gabish Joshi (Nepal)

Prasad Bidapa (India) - Fashion Designer

Chiri Babu Maharjan (Nepal) - Mayor of Lalitpur, Nepal

Joe Iles (UK) - Circular Programme Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Rashvin Pal Singh (Malaysia) - CEO, Biji-Biji Initiative


Sevra Davis (UK) - Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion, British Council

Frances Potter

Wednesday 2 December - Craft, health and well-being

The physical and psychological benefits of craft are increasingly being recognised. From the stress relieving characteristics of everyday making to the medical applications of material skills how can we expand and promote the positive impact of craft on the well-being of societies?


Rajni Patel (UK) - Relationship Manager, Arts Council England


Adil Iqbal (UK) - Designer & Founder, Twilling Tweed

Satish Sah (Nepal) - Project Manager, Janakpur Women’s Development Centre

Gabriela Martinez Ortiz (Mexico) - Designer & Textile Artist

Monika Auch (The Netherlands) - Visual Artist, Writer, Research, Representative of Dutch Crafts Council 2003- 2010


Lindy Joubert

Lynn-Sayers McHattie

Monday 7 December - Cosmopolitan-localism

Whilst technical advances and globalisation have expanded the craft sector’s horizons the pandemic has brought about the unprecedented closure of borders, insulating and isolating communities. How might craft organisations operate in this new context?


Ashoke Chatterjee (India) - Executive Director, Senior Faculty, Distinguished Fellow and Professor of Communication & Management, National Design Institute


Britta Kalkreuter (UK) - Associate Professor, School of Textiles & Design, Heriot-Watt University

Frans Panjaitan (Indonesia/Canada) - Multidisciplinary Designer

Fernando Laposse (Mexico)

Li Rongli (China) - Academic & Designer, Yunnan

Jonathan Koupermann (Ecuador)


Simon Ellis (UK) - Consultant, Statistics, Culture & Creative industry

Katia Stewart (UK) - Global Programme Manager, British Council Crafting Futures Programme

Tuesday 8 December- The local ecology of craft

Clusters of craft have strong historical roots in ‘place’ but sustaining these clusters lies in an ecosystem of institutions. From education and training institutions to cultural organisations; and from tourism to community centres how can we support and encourage this eco-system?


Ritu Sethi (India) - Founder & Trustee, Craft Revival Trust


Lorato Liphuko (South Africa)

Jane Friend (UK) - Associate of Making Matters, Farnham Maltings

Marlene Stanciu (Romania) - Founder, Kraftmade

Rinzin Dorji (Bhutan) - Executive Director, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

Michael Fortune (Canada) - Maker & Vocational Trainer

Chen Anying (China) - Professor, Tshinghua University


Nicky Dewar (UK) - Learning & Skills Director, Crafts Council

Lynn-Sayers McHattie

Image credit: Mohanlal Kumar, photo taken by Rashmi Bidasaria


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