Craft Festival Scotland (CFS) is a partnership between Higher Education, Arts Organisations and micro-enterprises: a unique concept for celebrating and extending the business of Scottish Craft. It is a strategic prototype borne out of the AHRC funded project, ‘Past, Present & Future Craft Practice’ based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee (2005-10).
LV is a founder and director of CFS (2010). Its aim is to form and test a connected, national strategy to move the sector forward with an infrastructure for celebrating craft in its diversity of practice. It is a way of understanding the value of collaboration, supporting heritage and innovation in craft and, analysing the effectiveness of co-working for creative and cultural wellbeing.
CFS is an example of social innovation and it champions product and service innovation in its maker’s practices. CFS works across subjects and regions, shares skills and resources, exchanges knowledge to realise a vision with impact that is not possible to achieve through other approaches. In 2010, over 100 events were taking place across Scotland in May and June 2010, with two trailblazing craft exhibitions in March and June 2010, with support from the Scottish Arts Council.