RSA Bath: 'They think I don't know anything' - Inequalities and cultural value in UK craft

Fellowship Event / Online


Online via Zoom

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We’re continuing the series of bringing the RSA SW and What Next? West Chapter community together online to connect, check in and to hear from different speakers.

Join us on 24 May to hear from our speaker Dr Karen Patel, a Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University. She has been working on a project with Crafts Council looking at inequalities in craft.

According to the Crafts Council’s recent Market for Craft report, while professional craft is gradually becoming more inclusive, “the sector has to go further to ensure craft is an inclusive space for all ethnicities and genders”. Karen’s research with women craft makers from around the UK highlights the lived experience of inequalities in professional craft, including incidents of racism, microaggressions, feeling unwelcome in craft spaces and feeling like their work is unfairly judged and devalued on the grounds of their gender, ethnicity and class. 

In this session Karen will discuss how and why professional craft remains marked by whiteness and elitism, and how it could be addressed. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Everyone is welcome, Fellows and non-Fellows.

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