About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It works with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year it reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. It makes a positive contribution to the countries it works with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934, it is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
The British Council has been running the programme, Crafting Futures, for several years now. Crafting Futures aims to foster economic and social empowerment through the development of creative social enterprise and design-led skills for artisans and designers, with a specific focus on promoting social innovation, fair and ethical collaborations, and an appreciation of cultural heritage. Crafting Futures’ projects support practices and people, through research, collaboration and education. Crafting Futures advocates the future of craft around the globe, offered in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Americas, and Wider Europe. In Southeast Asia, the programme is currently active in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. It will be launched in the Philippines and Indonesia in 2020. By building on the UK’s expertise in social enterprise, cultural skills and design innovation, the programme fosters new collaborations and mutual learning among communities all over the world.
About Plymouth College of Arts
Founded in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art school offering a range of study across Art, Craft, Design and Digital – from BA (Hons) Degrees and MA to Extended Diplomas, Foundations and more. It is an art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers – a home to a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom making is as important as reading and writing, and where the purpose of learning is inseparable from that of living one’s life. A close-knit community where artists, designers and makers combine to explore and experiment with processes and materials, both contemporary and traditional. The College continues to invest heavily in new studios and workshops that redefine the relationship between media, fine art, digital technology and handcrafted traditions, offering the most diverse ecosystem of materials, technologies, processes, practices, and exchange of ideas of any art school in the UK, with 13,000 square meters of studios and workshops across four buildings equipped with professional workspaces and state of the art facilities. A place for making things, and making things happen.