Upcoming events on Contemporary Crafts

Two upcoming events on craftsmanship, making and contemporary art and design:

On 21 November Norwegian Crafts are running an international seminar on the place of craftsmanship in contemporary paradigms of making entitled ‘Very Good’.


Later on, on December 2nd at the Royal College of Art, there is the primary annual lecture on contemporary craft in the UK – the Peter Dormer Lecture. This year it is given by Martina Margetts, former editor of Crafts Magazine and a prominent figure within the culture of research and the Royal College of Art. Book your place to the event here:


More information about the lecture series is here:


The Morfudd Roberts Craft Fellowship: Crafts Study Centre

The trustees of the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham, Surrey, have announced the Morfudd Roberts fellowship. This is an opportunity for someone working in the field of textiles research to submit an application for postdoctoral research, either for a new project or work that is in progress. The fellow would be based in Farnham and would focus on the Craft Study Centre’s textile collections.

For more information on the fellowship: http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=40690

For more information on the Craft Study Centre’s archive: http://www.vads.ac.uk/


We join forces with the Critical Craft Forum

The Journal of Modern Craft website aims to activate scholarly research by publishing blog posts on relevant themes and nurturing a global network of craft writers. While there are opportunities to interact on the website, for many the Facebook platform is a more accessible medium for response to issues of the day. Rather than set up an alternative Facebook forum, the Journal of Modern Craft is joining forces with the most lively group dealing with contemporary craft on Facebook.

Critical Craft Forum began to bring together voices from the breadth of craft-focused communities to deepen critical and analytical dialogue about craft and culture. The Facebook component is an open forum for dialogue. Annual sessions at College Art Association address critical questions and issues in the scholarship, study and creation of contemporary craft.

The various blog posts will now appear on the Critical Craft Forum Facebook site, feeding conversations. Meanwhile, its Facebook activity will also appear alongside posts in the Journal of Modern Craft website. In this way, we can at the same time capture the moment in lively Facebook conversations and retain a memory of enduring themes in archived blog posts.
If you do Facebook, you are encouraged to join Critical Craft Forum here.