Firing Up Craft Capital: The renaissance of craft and craft policy in the United Kingdom
Thomas, Nicola J
International Journal of Cultural Policy
Taylor & Francis
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Crafts have recently been experiencing a renaissance. This revitalization sees craft increasingly recognised as a growing industrial sector with benefits linked to educational, cultural and economic development policy agendas. This paper engages with policy debates around the place of craft in the United Kingdom from 2010. Drawing on craft sector perspectives and UK government policy initiatives it situates the disciplines and practices of craft within their institutional support networks, organizational contexts and draws attention to the role of individuals in driving agendas. The paper focuses on the national facing crafts development organizations, the UK Crafts Council and the UK Heritage Crafts Association, alongside recent policy discussion emerging from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Recognizing that the legacies of past practice often inform contemporary agendas, the paper explores how the advocacy of craft in the recent past has shaped the place and positioning of craft in contemporary UK politics.
This work was supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council under Grant AH/I001778/1.
Firing Up Craft Capital: The renaissance of craft and craft policy in the United Kingdom, This article was accepted for publication on the 23rd June 2015. Final published version published online 20 October 2015.