The Craft Curators Network has invited Panel to build upon the outcomes of the Craft Curators Network Craft World Café, facilitated by Roanne Dods, which took place in April 2016. The World Café, a simple, flexible format for hosting a large group discussion, welcomed over 65 people from across Scotland’s craft sector in order to instigate meaningful, transformative conversations and to co-create a vision for craft in Scotland over the next 10 years. A film capturing moments from the day can be found on the Craft Scotland website:

Working with outcomes from the day, Panel has proposed the development of a 'Manifesto for Craft in Scotland' - a declaration of intentions, motives and views, working through Roanne’s inspiring and rigorous vision and the significant information gathered on the day. In order to develop the Manifesto, we would like to engage with more people from Scotland’s craft community so that we can widen the scope and network of ideas and responses.

We have selected five questions from the Craft World Café, designed to encourage a diverse range of responses from Scotland’s craft community and audience. From these questions we have filtered answers garnered from the Craft World Café, and it is these answers that we are asking you to respond to. We have also created space for you to note down any issues which you think are particularly important in consideration of a 'Manifesto for Craft in Scotland'.

This survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and the information that you supply will form part of a final report, which Panel will submit to the Craft Curators Network together with the Manifesto aims.

Please complete the survey by 28 June 2017. If completing a survey is not for you, please do contact us at and we can discuss the proposal in another way!

The final report will be available to download from the Panel and Craft Scotland websites from 31 July 2017.

Thank you!

* 1. What actions do you think are important for a Manifesto for Craft in Scotland to consider or develop?

  Very important important Not important
A strategy for craft in Scotland delivered by policy
The professional development of Craft makers
The potential that craft and making has for wellbeing and the circular economy
The fundamental role of craft practice and discourse in maintaining a healthy cultural ecology in Scotland
Sustainable funding streams and/or markets for craft makers to thrive
The promotion of excellence and quality
Projects to make craft more accessible to all
Projects to link education with established makers is various ways
An appreciative and informed audience for craft
The potential that craft has in communicating Scotland's position to our tourism and heritage industries

* 2. What is are your concerns for Scotland’s craft sector over the next ten years?

  A major concern A concern I don't think this is a concern for the sector Not a personal concern
Financial stability for makers and small craft businesses
A lack of creative and cultural platforms for selling work and for developing audiences for craft work
Appropriate funding opportunities, tailored for individual craft makers
The accessibility of residency, workshop and studio space for craft makers
A lack of networking workshops and events for craft makers
The decline of curators, galleries and venues dedicated to showcasing craft
The decline of specialist craft education
A loss of skill and tacit knowledge across specialised craft disciplines
Equality of access to training through craft apprenticeships
A declining audience for contemporary craft exhibitions, publications and other cultural activity
The lack of an international context for Scottish craft makers
A failure to articulate and position crafts particular range of intelligence and knowledge to policy makers and participants

* 3. How do you view Scotland as a place for making, selling, exhibiting and celebrating Craft?

  I strongly agree I agree I don't agree
A leader in ethical and sustainable practice
A place where you can define quality practice through craft
A place that celebrates diversity in craft and skills development
A culture where craft is used as a method of communication across forms in society
A place to learn throughout your life
A marketplace for high quality craft as connected to our heritage and our tourism industries
A place that celebrates the social, political and cultural relevance of craft practice

* 4. Please select the statements that you feel are relevant when thinking about the development of a Manifesto for Craft in Scotland?

  Relevant Not relevant
Scotland will become internationally acknowledged for the quality of its craft rooted in making, material, creative and critical thinking
Scotland will position craft as an art form in its own right as well as a creative industry
The Scottish craft sector will confidently communicate with one voice about the current assets of craft
Craft in Scotland will become a leader in ethical and sustainable practices
Scotland will celebrate its craft community as a diverse, connected, pioneering force for quality
Scotland will connect craft and making to the public, developing exhibitions, events and other critical activity with a focus on craft alongside developing high quality platforms for the sale of craft
Scotland will develop pioneering minds within our makers through lifelong learning and research
Scotland’s craft makers will connect to the health, wellbeing and resilience of our diverse communities in Scotland 
Scotland’s Craft makers will live and make through values in action
Craft is a profound way of experiencing the physical world - We recognise the intrinsic value of our geography, identity, place, and the environment in all our work

* 5. The development of a Manifesto for Craft in Scotland aims to position Craft and the Creative Industries as central to the delivery of the Scottish Government’s aims for Arts and Culture. Please select the recommendations and points for a workable Action Plan that you agree with when thinking about the development of a Manifesto for Craft in Scotland?

  Agree Don't agree
The development of CPD training for teachers in primary and secondary level, creating opportunities for craft businesses and educators to work together
Making visible the diverse career opportunities available through craft education through visiting lectures and workshops in schools and colleges
Equality of access to training through apprenticeships
Focused business development and networking workshops and events for craft makers
Identification of craft champions who can advocate to Scotland’s business communities and the public sector about the effectiveness of craft processes and making as a strategic tool
The delivery of seminars/workshops to promote the interaction of businesses and manufacturers with craft makers and designers across Scotland in collaboration with local business networks
International exchange for craft curators and venues
A national touring exhibition of Scottish craft which has the capacity to tour across Scotland and to international venues and festivals
Exhibitions of international stature invited to Scotland, raising ambition and criticality around the cultural presentation of craft
The creation of an environmental strategy for craft in Scotland
The creation of an ethical strategy for craft in Scotland
The development of the contribution that craft can make to improving the health, wellbeing, confidence and quality of life for our communities
The development and understanding of the value of craft to our heritage and to our tourism industries

* 6. Please let us know of any other issues, which you think are particularly important in consideration of a Manifesto for Craft in Scotland