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An older lady knits. She is wearning a knitted hat and cardigan.

Yarning

Yarning

A new play by Trevor Pitt

A rustic wooden shed on stilts containing a kiln and other tools, displayed in a gallery..

Will Shannon: The Closet Craftsman

Kiln House

Will Shannnon

A small vessel woven from willow.

Made in the Middle 2016

Made in the Middle 2012 exhibition

Maggie Smith: Willow Ware

Large boot shaped forms woven from chunky sectgions of dried grass.

Radical Craft

Grass Boots Replica

Joanne B Kaar (after Angus McPhee)

Jewellery shaped like simple black birds.

Shelanu

Migrating Birds range

Black enamelled sparrow series. Priced £15-22.

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Business News january 2013

Part of the programme of events accompanying our touring exhibition Made in the Middle: Contemporary craft from across the Midlands includes 'making and manufacture', an 'In Conversation' event to discuss how to develop the inventive and skilled makers of the future and encourage the next generation of designers, craftspeople and engineers. See the web page for more details.




Business News June 2012

At an awards gala dinner on the 27th June 2012 Linda from Craftspace and Mike, Managing Director from VSM were presented their latest award by Prince Charles.

Craftspace and our corporate partner VSM UK Ltd were the overall winners of the Arts & Business Award category of the Business in the Community Awards for Excellence 2012.

Click here to see our award case study http://www.bitc.org.uk/resources/case_studies/afe3293_1.html

This follows the partnership's recent win of the national Arts & Business Award – the Prudential Volunteering and People Development Award – for our work together. This award was made at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 22nd May. The other two partnerships we were shortlisted with were Investec & The Royal Opera House and QinetiQ & Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. Here is the link to Arts & Business site for more info…. http://www.artsandbusiness.org.uk/Home/News/2012/May/33rd-arts-and-business-awards-winners.aspx

Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence recognise the powerful and positive role that business is playing in local communities by awarding companies for the impact and innovation of their responsible business programmes across a number of categories. The awards are given to companies who demonstrate their leadership on the key social and environmental issues where business can make a difference at local, national and international levels. 

Mike Harris, General Manager, VSM Northern Europe, commented:

“We are delighted to receive this Big Tick and to be shortlisted for the overall winner prize in the Arts & Business category in recognition of the work we have done to ensure that we have a positive impact on society. .   It is tremendously exciting that the hard work and commitment of our team has been recognised with this award.  The sponsorships have had a profound impact throughout our company - and above all have been fun!  I hope that seeing us win a Big Tick will encourage others to find interesting ways to sponsor the arts." 

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said:

“I congratulate Husqvarna Viking on achieving their Big Tick. There has never been a better time to showcase that business can be a force for good – for the mutual benefit of both business and the communities in which they operate. Our Awards for Excellence are all about celebrating responsible business and Husqvarna Viking  has demonstrated that they can have a positive impact on society and people without losing focus on their business.”


Developing creative relationships with business through contemporary crafts

We work with business in bespoke partnerships that bring mutual benefits. 

We work closely with companies to devise projects that will enhance their brand and identity. A partnership with us enables a company to reach new customers for products and services.

We provide opportunities for staff to engage with creative processes.

We link business with artists to achieve social impact in the community.

We have recently been working with VSM UK Ltd. This partnership has been award winning and extremely rewarding. The relationship has continued to develop through new projects over the last 6 years.

Craftspace is remarkably easy to work with.  They worked hard at understanding our business, then tailor-made the project to maximise benefits for all involved. We gained far more than we expected.  By introducing alternative ways of looking at our own skills, we have developed in totally new ways.  

Mike Harris, Managing Director, VSM (UK) Ltd., manufacturers of Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines

There is a feature on our work with VSM currently on the Creative Choices web site:
http://www.creative-choices.co.uk/industry-insight/article/craft-partnered-with-business

Associating arts products and the social benefits of the arts with our brand values has enabled us to position ourselves more uniquely within our market and create a distinct selling point which customers and staff are responding to positively.

Beverley Nielsen, (formerly) Managing Director, Fired Earth Ltd.

The project enabled us to make the canal more relevant to surrounding South Asian communities.

Lorraine Murphy, (formerly) British Waterways Tourism Development Manager

 
Photographs © : Richard Battye, Joanne B Kaar
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