Making It Work creates opportunities for the contemporary crafts to be practiced, appreciated and understood in education. It does this in a variety of ways, through advocacy, projects and partnerships, and wherever possible by involving professional craftspeople and their work.

The mission of Making It Work is to encourage and enhance the study of the practical applications of craft at all levels of education using a diverse programme of projects, resources and dissemination. It also aims to broaden public perceptions of craft, including both the products that we use and the environment in which we live and to make craft accessible to a wide audience.


  • To provide a continuous professional development programme for teachers, craftspeople and educators in the cultural sector
  • To develop a framework to support the greater inclusion of craft in vocational education for young people in the 14-19 sector
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  • To promote the effectiveness of craft as a vehicle to support social inclusion and cultural diversity
  • To promote the position of craft in education


Making It Work directs its work towards

  • Teachers and pupils in formal education
  • Students and lecturers in further and higher education
  • Practicing craftspeople at all stages of their career
  • Educators within the cultural sector
  • Helping people of all persuasions in the workforce
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Reclaiming Craft

Reclaiming Craft was designed to enable vulnerable young people to reclaim craft both as a personal means of self-expression and as a stepping-stone to a career or vocation.

A co-ordinator, Jacqui Lea was appointed for this project.

Three partnerships were set up between an Education Centre and a cultural venue. The Forest Education Centre teamed up with ArtSway, the Ashwood Centre teamed with Viables Craft Centre in Basingstoke, and Theale Green Community School termed with Reading Museum Service.

Three practising craftspeople were invited to join the project, wood worker Geoff Poulton, jeweller Cathy Newell Price and stage set designer Beatrice Espinosa.

Training, provided by Artswork gave the cultural sector educators and craftspeople valuable insight into working with vulnerable young people, prior to the proposed craft skills workshops.

Reclaiming Craft began with a seed day for all the young people to meet together to have taster sessions with the craftspeople. After the seed day the young people attended a series of workshops facilitated by their chosen craftsperson at their partnership venue. Reclaiming Craft concluded with a celebration day when all the young people joined together to create a display of their work for parents, friends and the staff and students of the local FE provider, Basingstoke College of Technology.

Reclaiming Craft was developed in partnership with Artswork
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