We are looking forward to the launch of our upcoming programme of artisan craft workshops, ranging from one day to week-long courses, for everyone from complete beginners to established professional makers. ‘A list’ crafters from all over the country are lined up to deliver a range of courses with a focus on heritage and endangered crafts, and skilled hand-making.
Our Core Objectives:
· to address the issue of rural inequality when it comes to creative learning. We aim to bring craft education in line with what is available in the urban centres, where there is no shortage of crafters offering small workshops for all ability levels from their own workshops. We dream of bringing a new, multi-faceted business to the historic town of Dunblane, to improve access to creative activities in the community and diversify the rural economy.
· to create employment opportunities for freelance creative practitioners. Many educators have suffered a loss of income due to the closure of public buildings, or because their own premises are too small to allow for socially distanced learning. We have both the space, and the experience of running a COVID secure education space with our sister school, Central Scotland School of Jewellery.
· to nurture craft learning as a positive activity contributing to better mental health. Participating in craft activities boosts mental and emotional wellbeing, and we want to offer a broad range of classes to support creative learning for everyone from complete beginners to established makers. A broad and diverse range of workshops will allow more people to grow their creative skills in a welcoming and supportive space.
· to support and promote heritage crafts, and in particular those on the HCA Endangered Craft Red List. By bringing in highly renowned makers to deliver top quality masterclasses we hope to encourage the continuation of endangered craft practises, and to draw attention to existing practitioners in dwindling fields of craft.
We got off to a roaring start with our crowdfunding campaign, which quickly exceeded its £10k target through generous pledges from our supporters.
We have been accepted onto the RBS Back Her Business Scheme, enabling entrepreneurial women to embark on new business ventures, and are proud to be supported by the Inches Carr Trust. We are also proud to partner with Creative Scotland and Scene Stirling to support a number of fully subsidised places to residents of the Stirling area to attend our courses throughout 2021. Through this scheme we hope to remove barriers to creative education that some might face in light of current financial hardships.
The dream team who are coming together to launch this exciting new project are Rebecca Wilson and Jo Pudelko. As well as being successful creative practitioners, we bring a portfolio of skills to the task, with combined experience of several hundred years (ok it feels like that long, maybe it’s not) in craft teaching, events, and arts admin.
Rebecca Wilson has over a decade’s experience in creative event management and arts administration. She was administrator for Visual Arts Scotland for 15+ years and continues to work on bespoke projects such as the Cordis Prize for Tapestry and the Inches Carr Mentoring Awards.
She is a contemporary ceramicist and jeweller who has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad, most notably at COLLECT in the Saatchi Gallery, London, SOFA in Chicago, JOYA in Barcelona and Sieraad in Amsterdam in recent years.
Jo Pudelko is an experienced artist and educator. She is the proprietor of Central Scotland School of Jewellery, which has been a pillar of Dunblane’s creative community since 2017.
Jo is a polymath of the jewellery world who has taught with Edinburgh College of Art, DJCAD, Leith School of Art and Cromarty Arts Trust to name but a few. She is passionate about sustainable practice and creative learning for all. Her experience and expertise within the creative education field will be an invaluable asset to the Central Scotland School of Craft.
Find out more at www.scottishcraftschool.com.