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Art in Action

Last weekend I attended Art in Action a most wonderful show near Oxford. We were offered a free HCA stand after the organisers attended our spring conference at the V&A, we had the usual range of traditional craft items on display with voluntary staff telling visitors the stories behind how they were made. I also […]

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please send a quick message to your MP

The Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group is being spearheaded by Vince Cable  It has been designed to celebrate the UK’s manufacturing sector by asking MPs to nominate a product made in their constituency – with the ultimate aim of producing an ‘Great Exhibition’ showcasing these products. It would be really nice if some of those products […]

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ministers support for crafts

Yesterday I was in Westminster again for a meeting with John Hayes the skills minister.It is difficult to put into words how positive things are for traditional crafts at the moment. After years of being the poor relation to the innovative artistic end of the craft spectrum it seems things are really changing. The ministers […]

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arty boll***s generator

For us traditional crafts people it is always difficult when it comes to applying for any grant, award scheme or whatever. The simple fact is innovative cutting edge work gets all the support, in the words of Kim Evans past director of the Arts Council… “You are correct in your analysis of support for innovative […]

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crafts at Glastonbury 2011

Just back from Glastonbury which for foreign readers is the biggest music and arts festival in the world and a rather special event. We had a Heritage Crafts Association area which was the nicest spot on the nicest field on the whole site, forget the horrendous mud images of the TV and papers we were […]

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International Trades Education Symposium

Last week I attended the International Trades Education Symposium at Lincoln. This is run by a US based organisation the Preservation Trades Network a group of primarily hands on, but still intellectually active, tradespeople and educators. Every other year they hold a symposium and ever 4 years it travels outside the US, lucky for me […]

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Lincoln Cathedral

‎’I have always held and am prepared against all evidence to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have’. (John Ruskin 1819-1900) I spent last weekend at Lincoln, the first time I have […]

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