The art of craft – a new age of making - RSA

The art of craft – a new age of making

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Join us for this exciting event where Craft Scotland's Chairman and Director will explore developments within the craft sector.

Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. It provides support for the whole craft sector, from individual makers to workshops supporting craft processes, from curators to businesses that drive the craft economy, working to ensure the craft sector is valued as culturally significant, important to the economy and meaningful to communities. Craft Scotland’s Chairman and Director will discuss perceptions of craft and how these relate to this innovative, dynamic and forward-looking sector. Importantly, they will also look at developments within the sector during and after the pandemic and what impacts these may have on makers and craft businesses in future.


Catherine Holden – Chairman, Craft Scotland

Catherine Holden is a strategic consultant, facilitator and coach. She provides insight and support to individuals, teams and organisations, founded on extensive experience in leadership roles for major creative institutions. Her practice spans organisational change, governance, personal and team development; brands and marketing; capital and revenue fundraising; and visitor engagement.  Catherine’s clients cover a wide range of national and local culture and heritage bodies, including museums, galleries, festivals, visual and performing arts organisations, heritage bodies, membership groups and leadership networks. She is also a trustee of the Fruitmarket gallery in Edinburgh.    Before founding her consultancy in 2016, Catherine held full-time leadership roles for over 25 years with national cultural institutions including National Museums Scotland, the Natural History Museum, Tate and the National Theatre in London. 

Irene Kernan – Director, Craft Scotland

Irene joined Craft Scotland in 2018. Previously, she was Director of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop where she oversaw the development of a major capital project to create a new purpose-built sculpture facility.  In that role she also set up Scotland’s Workshops, a national network of 11 open access visual art production facilities spanning sculpture, print-making, film and glass. Before that Irene worked in the theatre sector in Dublin, at Dublin Theatre Festival and for the independent theatre company, Bedrock Productions, which established the Dublin Fringe Festival.

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