Consultation Survey

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Crafts Council. The values championed are pioneering, open and playful, with social justice and environmental responsibility central. All these are evident in craft and important for associated curatorial practice today. 

You are invited to contribute to Crafts Council consultation towards the development of the future programme of support and opportunities for curators and curatorial field, engaged with craft; to initiate a curatorial community to champion ideas of social justice and environmental responsibility, innovation and invention, and the social role of craft and making for wider society. 

For this, we are exploring the needs and requirements of curators working with and across craft themes, issues, collections, objects, and the expanded fields of craft, related curatorial practice and research. 

The proposition is a national collaborative, co-operative community network for curators.
This survey invites your views; on the need for such a community and what would help and support you and wider curatorial field of practice.

We are interested to hear the experiences of curators working with collections, exhibitions, curatorial research and critical practice; curators who are linked to an institution, i.e. museum, gallery, commercial/corporate environment, HEI, and curators working independently and freelance across a range of locations and contexts. 

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, would like to discuss this directly, please contact me via email a_campbell@craftscouncil.org.uk

Thank you for your time,

Annabelle Campbell | Curator: Creative Partnerships + Programmes

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* 1. Name

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* 2. Prefered pronouns: 

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* 3. Work/ preferred contact address:

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* 4. In which region or place does most of your work happen?

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* 5. Curatorial profession: portfolio careers are acknowledged, please tick all that apply:

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* 6. Primary context for your work:

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* 7. We'd like to know more about the craft you work with. Please tick the description that most closely describes this:

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* 8. In your work, which, if any, of the following are priority themes for your work. Please rank:

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* 9. Can you tell us about specialist groups and organisations you have membership with, or are part of?

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* 10. Following on from the previous question, if you are part of a Subject Specialist Network, a Museums Association Working Group, or  member of an ICOM Committee, please list these below:

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* 11. Do you think a national network community for curators working with craft is needed?

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* 12. Below are some ways we think a network community could support curators. Do you agree? Which of these would benefit you and your curatorial practice?

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* 13. In what way would you be interested in engaging with other curators in the network?

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* 14. What would you expect or like to see the network offer to support curators and curatorial practice?

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* 15. The network community needs people. Would you be interested in being invoved in the development of this Community, such as being part of an advisory, steering group?

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* 16. Would you be interested in discussing this further? 

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* 17. Do you give consent for Crafts Council to save and use your email address to contact you in relation to this project: Community for Craft Curators?

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* 18. Here a few links to information and resources that have been useful in developing this project. 
Artisa Curatorial Fellow Report: https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/documents/1563/11_08_2021_CC_ARTISA_Report_GpjJ0KW.pdf

Art Fund 21st Curator Report:
https://bigbangartfund-assets.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/supporting-museums/curators/art-fund-21st-century-curator.pdf

Game Arts Curator Tool Kit: https://gameartsinternational.network/gameartscuratorskit/doku.php/table_of_contents

Are there any relevant links to resources you are aware of that would support this work? If so, could share below? Thank you.

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* 19. Finally, the Crafts Council has a collection of contemporary British craft objects dating from 1970s to now.
We'd like to use this opportunity to understand how widely curators are aware of this resource, and how, if at all, you have used or engaged with this public heritage asset?
Please tick all that apply. If you have any further comments about the Crafts Council collection, please drop them into the 'Other' box. Thank you

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