The Crafts Council has selected 39 makers to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme – providing emerging makers with a programme of intensive business skills and creative development – which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.
Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme for new makers.
Over the last four years 122 participants have completed the programme with 100% of last year’s cohort of 38 saying that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.
Hothouse has a core programme of workshop sessions delivered over a six month period led by expert trainers and experienced practicing makers.
The programme comprises group sessions on developing business skills, market knowledge and creativity; networking events which bring participants together as a national group; support from a peer from a past cohort; 1:1 sessions with a specialist mentor from the sector.
“Hothouse has proven itself an invaluable programme for early career makers and it is only possible by working with knowledgeable and enthusiastic partners. This year is no different and we are looking forward to working with Craft Scotland on the first Scottish cohort,” says Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council.
The 39 makers selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality and the programme – which starts in February 2015 – will equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft practice.
Following in the footsteps of last years Plymouth College of Art graduates – glass artists Amy Whittingham and Jenny Ayrton – BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts grad Adele Retter was one of the makers chosen to participate in the programme.
Earlier this year she was selected for One Year On and had the additional honour of having been invited to apply for membership to the Society of Designer Craftsman. She will be taking part in the Hothouse six month programme starting next February.
For more information on Hothouse, visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk/hothouse