The Crafts Council outlined a raft of future plans yesterday in an attempt to re-invigorate itself and increase its exposure to a broader public.
The ailing organisation proposed measures to fight back against its recent difficulties with plans to link the sector with the architecture and building professions. The council is developing links with the Architecture Network, which runs over 20 architecture centres around the UK.
Crafts Council executive director Rosy Greenlees outlined the council’s next steps at a press conference in London yesterday morning. She says the aim is to ‘position the UK as the global centre for the making, seeing and collecting of contemporary craft’.
The council will also launch a new series of triennial exhibitions with the V&A, on top of its existing collaboration with the museum on the Collect show. It is also launching a scheme to give five £5000 bursaries to curators for developing craft exhibitions.
The Crafts Council website is to be relaunched later this year, though details of any design consultancy appointments have not yet emerged.
Last year, the council controversially closed its London shop and gallery so as to divert resources into its regional programmes and partnerships.