Making Futures: Rethinking Craft Communities, Taking on Global Challenges is a three-day conference taking place in Cebu, the Philippines from 6-8 March 2020 at the Quest Hotel. It is a partnership between the British Council and Plymouth College of Art and supported through British Council’s Crafting Futures global programme, the Design Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Textile Research Institute.

Making Futures explores contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in societies across the globe by investigating key issues concerning the progressive possibilities presented by the revival, development and promotion of these sectors. These issues, many of which will be discussed in Cebu, include: the changing nature of both craft and industry, developments in digital technologies, sustainability in the context of the global climate crisis, material innovations, social and community-based regeneration, and craft leadership.

The conference platform positions the Philippines and Southeast Asia as an exciting region for approaches and ideas that other parts of the world may not have heard of.

It also actively seeks to stimulate the formation of connections and networks that can lead to future partnerships.


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Getting to the conference

Making Futures will take place entirely at Quest Hotel and Conference Center. (Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines), while the cultural tours will be within the city of Cebu. Additional  information can be found here.

If you require additional support or need to get in touch with the team, our contact information can be found here.

Conference programme

We are trying to reduce paper use for this event. The complete programme for Making Futures: Rethinking Craft Communities, Taking on Global Challenges can be downloaded here, containing the full list of keynote speakers, presenters and their topics, and the conference session themes.

Featured keynote speakers

Tomas Diez (Spain)
Co-founder and Director
Kenza Oulaghada 
Weaver and Artisan Leader
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui
Senior Programme Adviser/ Consultant
Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines)
Cameron Tonkinwise 


Presenters and other speakers

Nripal Adhikary Founder ABARI
Suryani Senja Alias Chairwoman  Kraftangan Malaysia
Santiago Alfaro  Sociologist Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Tabatha Andrews Artist  
Pilar Aramayo-Prudencio Country Director  British Council Philippine Office
Gil Zaire Carungay  Board Member 
MATIC Hub; UNDESA National Consultant Cebu UNESCO City of Design initiatives 
Rebekah Cheng  Project Manager  Ishinomaki Laboratory
Kenneth Cobonpue  Designer  
Malcolm Ferris  Curator  Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art 
Rosy Greenlees Executive Director  Crafts Council
Tobias Guggenheimer Architect  TGA, PC 
Carmen Hijosa  Founder  Ananas Anam Ltd
Passawee Kodaka Founder  Folkcharm
Gwendolyn Kulick  Adjunct Professor  German University in Cairo
Abdulgani Macatoman Undersecretary  Department of Trade and Industry, Trade Promotions Group 
Evangeline Manalang Chemist  Philippine Textile Research Institute
Rhea Matute Executive Director Design Center of the Philippines
Caroline Meaby Director Arts Network British Council
Angelica Bella Misa Researcher and entrepreneur WVN Home Textiles
Adhi Nugraha Designer and Maker  Department of Design, Bandung Institute of Technology
Maria Lourdes Martinez Onozawa Architect  
Kamonnart Ongwandee Designer  
Analyn Salvador-Amores Curator Museo Kordilyera
Stefano Santilli Senior Lecturer  School of Art at the University of Brighton 
Sudebi Thakurata
Narrative Designer and Educator
Co-founder of Depicentre 

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology


Yegwa Ukpo Founder  Newtype
Kenno Uy  Founder  Lesstics

See the full list of our speakers and presenters, including their brief bios and profile pictures; you may also download the PDF version below.

For queries and other concerns, you can find our contact information here.

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