© Simon Mills
The Southeast Asia regional programme New For Old aims to promote, support and develop the craft and design sector, helping to make it more sustainable and viable for designers, entrepreneurs and their communities.
Since 2014, we have worked in Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to provide opportunities for training, collaborations and exchanges with artisans, designers and makers. The ambition is to build long-term links between the UK and Southeast Asian craft and design industries, while helping to elevate the status of craft globally.
The crafts sector is a source of cultural diversity and has a role to play toward sustainable development. Through innovative and contemporary design practices, crafts can foster mutuality and creative collaborations internationally.
To date, the programme has comprised of workshops and training sessions, focused on developing business skills, supporting new product development for international markets and facilitating increased market exposure as well as design exchanges, workshops, collaborations, conferences and exhibitions in the UK.
We work closely with regional partners, including New Art Zero (Myanmar) and SACICT (Thailand) as well as UK partners such as the Cultural Enterprise Office, Cockpit Arts and Ultra-Indigo.