Shaping the Future: Making a Vision for Craft in the North West

The Shaping the Future conference which took a place at the University of Bolton was filled with talks and activities about how to shape the future of craft in the North West.
It was also a great opportunity to discuss about the upcoming challenges that your practice may face off, make connections, meet and network with some of the UK and Ireland’s best makers and craft organisations such us:

Samatha Rhodes, Assistant Director at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Clare Knox-Bentham, Designer and Outreach Manager for Manchester School of Art
Rebecca Hill, Curator of Art at Gallery Oldham
Vanessa McDermott, Director at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Kaylee Jenkinson, Exhibitions officer at Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Stephanie Boydell, Curator at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Ann Marie Franey, Co-Director of Great Northern Events, who run the The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Little Northern
Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director of Whitworth Art Gallery 
Fiona Moorhead, Head of Marketing, The Crafts Council
Janet Boston, Craft and Design Curator, Manchester City Galleries
Alice Kettle, textile artist and Professor of Textile Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University

Definitely a great event with a fantastic speakers Louise Allen, Liam Hopkins, Geoffrey Mann!