What is Crafting Business?

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A training programme for professionals in the craft sector


Crafting Europe will include expert training and tutorials, seminars, webinars and collaborations 

between makers and designers. 

The programme seeks to engage future generations of skilled craft professionals and to open up potential new markets and opportunities for the sector. The programme also includes a research element, which will be conducted across several countries in Europe. 

Detailed analysis and research into the economic value of the craft sector within Europe has not yet been undertaken. This leads to a knowledge, value and awareness gap both within the sector itself and at local, regional, national and European level. 

Crafting Europe will undertake research into the economic value of the craft sector, in order to disseminate a clear and cohesive understanding of the impact and value of European craft.


Who Should Apply?

You may describe yourself as:

  • A craftsperson
  • A maker
  • A designer
  • An artist
  • A creative
  • A designer-maker.
  •  The date you completed your training.
  • The date you registered at the Tax Office.
  • The date when you first exhibited your work publicly (since completing study, and not including degree related shows)
Having your craft-focused practice as your main income or working towards this. 
There are no requirements on the structure of the business. Partnerships can apply as long all partners are involved in the creative and making process, and the work submitted with the application is made by the partnership. 
Emerging: you will have started your practice or business within the last four years or be about to start practicing. 
The following may be used to decide when you began your practice:

You may be making all your work by hand. You may be doing batch production. You may be developing work for retail, exhibitions or residencies. But making, primarily in 3-D, will be at the heart of what you do.


The Programme Provides

Makers with a programme of business skills and creative development through:

Business planning and designing your future

Verbal presentation and written skills for makers

Peer review and critical debate for business and creative practice

Market and audience development, and ideas around production

Costing, pricing and financial planning



Participant Testimonials

 A great way to enhance my passion for crafting wool & creating designs that are innovative and unique to me 

by Clare Costelloe

 I found that this programme enabled me to be less fearful about bringing my craft to life and creating a greater audience for it 

by John Scallon

Register Your Interest in the Next Programme


Let us know your interested & we will keep you updated, please include any questions that you may have