This year Birmingham City University (BCU) have won two awards for excellence in diversity and inclusion, and both recognised the work of the Craft Expertise project and the We Gather exhibition. In November 2022 BCU picked up the award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the 2022 Multicultural Business and Community Champion (MBCC) awards. … Read More “Craft Expertise and We Gather featured in BCU award wins” »
Here are some photos from the launch of the We Gather exhibition, which was on at the Crafts Council Gallery until 12 March 2022. The exhibition was commissioned by the Craft Expertise project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and features new work by Shaheen Ahmed, Lorna Hamilton-Brown, Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, Francisca Onumah and … Read More “Photos and visitor comments: We Gather Exhibition” »
As part of the Craft Expertise project we commissioned five makers to create pieces of work related to the project themes of diversity and inequalities in craft. This work will be shown at the Crafts Council Gallery as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. The artists are Shaheen Ahmed, Lorna Hamilton-Brown, Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, Francisca Onumah … Read More “We Gather exhibition” »
The recording of the ‘Making Changes in Craft‘ event, which took place on 29th June 2021, is now available to view below. The recording includes subtitles.
On Tuesday 29th June 2021 project lead Karen Patel presented the findings and recommendations from Phase 1 of the Craft Expertise project at the event Making Changes in Craft. The final report, available to download here, is the culmination of two years of research with makers from around the UK. The aim of the first … Read More “‘Making Changes in Craft’ report, and Craft Expertise Phase 2 launch” »
We are holding two events in the next month as part of the project: Artist work in progress – tackling racism and inequality in craft. Tuesday 25 May, 2pm. Register on Eventbrite In this event, the five artists we have commissioned to produce work for an exhibition at the Crafts Council gallery in November 2021 … Read More “Upcoming events: Work in Progress (25 May) and Making Changes in Craft (29 June)” »
On Tuesday February 16th we held an online event for this project in which I presented further findings from the research, gathered some more ideas for action to address inequalities in craft, and got to hear from some fantastic craft artists we are commissioning. You can watch my research presentation portion of the event below. … Read More “‘Tackling racism and inequalities in craft’ event and second working paper” »
In November and December 2020 I ran a three-day online workshop series for the project in collaboration with STEAMhouse in Birmingham. You can read a full recap of the workshops including methods and insights over at the Research Blog.
In July 2020 I participated in an open forum organised by the Craft Expertise project partner, Crafts Council UK. The forum aimed to: Publicly acknowledge Crafts Council’s responsibility for deconstructing racism, both within their organisation and the craft sector as a whole and commit to addressing this. Frame and outline some of the ways that … Read More “Crafts Council forum on racism and inequality in the craft sector” »
I was pleased to be a part of this article in Crafts Magazine, which features comment from 7 people on diversity and inequalities in the craft sector. An extract from my contribution is below, you can read the full article here. “While some areas of the UK craft ecology do represent the diversity of British … Read More “Feature for Crafts Magazine – how can the craft world address its lack of diversity?” »