Disrupting the craft canon: the cultural value of craft

Project Details


To address racism in craft we need research that identifies and recognises the value of the knowledge, experience and cultural heritage of makers of colour in professional, community or other crafts spaces. Our 10-month Living Lab project will explore, develop and test measures of the cultural value and wellbeing attached to craft by racially minoritized communities who are excluded from the cultural space of craft.
Our interdisciplinary research brings together academics from Glasgow Caledonian University London (from sustainable fashion, cultural creativity, marketing and behavioural science in public health) with experienced research and participation practitioners from Crafts Council, UK’s national charity for craft. To address structural omissions of the experiences of makers of colour from the cultural space of craft our project will co-develop authentic research tools grounded in the reality of individuals’ and local communities’ lives.
Holding two place-based craft making events we will develop and test research tools that investigate the meanings and cultural value of craft and specifically the impacts of race, racism, immigration and migration on cultural production, making and value. This will generate more nuanced understandings of the difference culture makes and promote creative practices and research with social justice central to measures of cultural value.
Short titleCultural Value of Craft
StatusNot started

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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