For craft to survive and flourish as a vibrant part of our economy, it is essential that craft skills are passed on.
The Craft Skills Awards celebrate excellence in teaching, maintaining and developing craft skills in the UK.
Celebrating craft skills
The Crafts Skills Awards are not about objects or artefacts, but are about celebrating the very best of good craft practice.
The purpose of the awards is to:
- Publically acknowledge the great work that is already being done in craft to support future makers’ development.
- Encourage others to get involved and support the next generation of makers by passing on their skills.
- Raise the status and public profile of craft to encourage people to consider it as a career choice.
What are ‘craft skills’?
Our definition of craft is broad. It ranges in practice from innovative work that is experimental, both in terms of its vision and manufacture, to traditional craft that supports and continues our cultural heritage.
It covers a spread of material disciplines, from textiles to ceramics and from woodwork to metalwork.
It covers variety of products, from small portable items to architectural structures.
Craft skills are characterised by engagement with, and understanding of:
- tools (often hand-operated)
- design, decoration and function.
Winning a Crafts Skills Award
Award winners could be an individual craftsperson, a trainee or master; a company or institution; or a teacher, tutor or workshop leader.
The activity celebrated could include anything from academic courses and professional apprenticeship programmes to one-to-one advice, and masterclasses for craft professionals.
Winners are presented with their awards at a high-profile ceremony, receiving £2,500 to put back into their work, and a certificate.