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Grant Scheme Image by Simon Mills

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Interested in the future of craft around the globe? Collaborate, learn and share. 

The British Council invited collaborative proposals from the UK and internationally based organisations, collectives and creative practitioners with a specific focus on virtual and other new ways of working in craft.

In response to increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, and rising concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, the Crafting Futures Digital Collaboration Grants with support from Crafts Council UK replaced the Crafting Futures Grant Scheme (2018 – 2020) as a new way to foster important international connections and devise alternative ways of working virtually.

Find out more about our Crafting Futures programme here.

The projects selected for the 21/22 Grants are: 

Nick Gant (University of Brighton) and Prananda Luffiansyah (Institut Teknologi Bandung), collaboration between UK and Indonesia: Making Nature project: using open access digital technology to shine a light on and digitally document craft practices in Indonesia and the UK that consciously benefit nature and more symbiotic relationships with the natural environment.

Bine Roth (Peut Porter), Ruhul Abdin (Paraa) and the Crafts Council of Bangladesh, collaboration between UK and Bangladesh: Online archiving of traditional textile crafts combined with a design challenge using the archive and sharing and policy dialogue event.  

Angelika Strohmayer (Northumbria University) and Özge Subaşı (koç Universitesi Kampusu), collaboration between UK and Turkey: Quilted protection: addressing issues of women's safety through digitally mediated hybrid quilting with local craft experts and women's safety advocates in Turkey and the UK, creating digitally augmented interactive sister quilts. 

Teal Triggs (RCA), Celia Matsunaga (Universidade de Brasília) and Cacique Domingos Munduruku (Chief of Indigenous village Bragança, Marituba), collaboration between UK and Brazil: Building a Library for the Future: Munduruku Craft Practices and Indigenous Knowledge

Aniela Fidler Wieruszewska and Megha Chauhan, collaboration between UK and India: collaborative project between 12 student-contributors from London and Delhi and 6 Indian artisans from Gujarat to explore what it means to 'make a mark' using digital media and analogue craft.

2 September 2022

Celebrating Crafting Futures

Celebrating Crafting Futures Photo by Simon Mills

Photo by Simon Mills

23 January 2022

Make a Mark - Crafting Futures Digital Collaboration Grants

Make a Mark - Crafting Futures Digital Collaboration Grants Aniela Fidler Wieruszewska and Megha Chauhan

Aniela Fidler Wieruszewska and Megha Chauhan

18 August 2020

#WhyIMake: Submissions and Stories

#WhyIMake: Submissions and Stories Bethan Moore

Bethan Moore

23 June 2020

Why I Make: Batik in Malaysia with Fern Chua

Why I Make: Batik in Malaysia with Fern Chua British Council

British Council

23 June 2020

Why I Make: Glassblowing in the UK with Jahday Ford

Why I Make: Glassblowing in the UK with Jahday Ford British Council

British Council

23 June 2020

Why I Make: Papercutting in the Philippines with Patrick Cabral

Why I Make: Papercutting in the Philippines with Patrick Cabral British Council

British Council

23 June 2020

Why I Make: Embroidery in Mexico with Gabriela Martínez Ortiz

Why I Make: Embroidery in Mexico with Gabriela Martínez Ortiz British Council

British Council

23 June 2020

Why I Make: Metalwork in Thailand with Saruta Kiatparkpoom

Why I Make: Metalwork in Thailand with Saruta Kiatparkpoom British Council

British Council

23 June 2020

Why I Make: Jewellery in Romania with Cleopatra Cosulet

Why I Make: Jewellery in Romania with Cleopatra Cosulet British Council

British Council

25 November 2019

Adil Iqbal: Crafting Futures in Pakistan

Adil Iqbal: Crafting Futures in Pakistan Adil Iqbal

Adil Iqbal

25 November 2019

Claire Baker: Crafting Futures in Ukraine

Claire Baker: Crafting Futures in Ukraine  Claire Baker

Claire Baker

30 October 2019

Discover the 2019 Crafting Futures Grant Projects

Discover the 2019 Crafting Futures Grant Projects Anita Back

Anita Back

2 September 2019

Xiaofang Zhan: Crafting futures in Jingdezhen

Xiaofang Zhan: Crafting futures in Jingdezhen Xiaofang Zhan

Xiaofang Zhan

22 August 2019

Jess Kilubu: Crafting Futures in the Congo

Jess Kilubu: Crafting Futures in the Congo Jess Kilubu

Jess Kilubu

22 August 2019

Crafting Futures India-UK Collaboration Scheme

Crafting Futures India-UK Collaboration Scheme

14 August 2019

Crafting Futures Grant: FAQs and Briefing Session Recordings

Crafting Futures Grant: FAQs and Briefing Session Recordings Adil Iqbal

Adil Iqbal

11 July 2019

The Residency: Podcasts

The Residency: Podcasts Agnese Sanvito

Agnese Sanvito

17 April 2019

Crafting Futures Mexico: Lynne Mennie

Crafting Futures Mexico: Lynne Mennie © Lynne Mennie

© Lynne Mennie

12 April 2019

Crafting Futures Mexico: Pilar Obeso

Crafting Futures Mexico: Pilar Obeso © Pilar Obeso

© Pilar Obeso

3 February 2019

Exploring Innovation at the Winter School 2019

Exploring Innovation at the Winter School 2019

21 January 2019

Research: Crafting Futures India

Research: Crafting Futures India  Weaver in Tripura. Photograph by Storyloom Films.

Weaver in Tripura. Photograph by Storyloom Films.

14 November 2018

Crafting Futures Mexico: Applied Arts Scotland

Crafting Futures Mexico: Applied Arts Scotland © Carol Sinclair

© Carol Sinclair

9 August 2018

Opportunity: Crafting Futures Grant Scheme

Opportunity: Crafting Futures Grant Scheme Image by Simon Mills

Image by Simon Mills

9 August 2018

Research: Artisans in a Digital World

Research: Artisans in a Digital World Photograph by Simon Mills

Photograph by Simon Mills

8 February 2018

Textiles and Teaching Methods: Plymouth College of Art in Myanmar

Textiles and Teaching Methods: Plymouth College of Art in Myanmar Co-design carpet. Photograph by Paul Singleton

Co-design carpet. Photograph by Paul Singleton

23 January 2018

Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui at Making Futures

Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui at Making Futures Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui

Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui

12 January 2018

Atty Tantivit at Making Futures

Atty Tantivit at Making Futures Work by Atty Tantivit

Work by Atty Tantivit

11 January 2018

Travelogue: Crafting Futures Thailand

Travelogue: Crafting Futures Thailand Jasper Chadprajong-Smith

Jasper Chadprajong-Smith

14 December 2017

Film: Crafting Futures Asia

Film: Crafting Futures Asia Photograph courtesy British Council Vietnam

Photograph courtesy British Council Vietnam

26 October 2017

Film: Crafting Futures Mexico

Film: Crafting Futures Mexico © British Council / photo by Jamil Olmedo

© British Council / photo by Jamil Olmedo