Making a Difference – the longer-term impact of Craft Scotland’s international exhibition programme on a maker’s career and Scotland’s creative economy.

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Project Description

The project will investigate the creative economies and the impact which Craft Scotland, Scotland's national development agency for craft, has on makers' practices. It will investigate the longer-term impact of Craft Scotland's international exhibition programme, which includes showcases, retail and trade shows in Scotland, London and the US, on a maker's career and Scotland's creative economy. The project will extend beyond the immediate snapshot feedback collated from these events to offer a longitudinal analysis of their impact on the development of artists' creative and business practices. It will also consider how makers build successful and sustainable businesses, which add value to the craft sector and contribute to the wider economy.


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Student Name

Lauren Baker

Academic History

2014-16, MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies, Newcastle University

2005-08, BA Textile Design & Visual Culture, Nottingham Trent University


Louise Valentine, DJCAD University of Dundee

Sarah Cooper, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

Craft, art vs craft, makers practice, international exhibitions, creative economy

Previous Research Projects

MA research - 'How does the platform of commerce provided by publicly funded arts organisations contribute to the development of a sustainable creative economy?'

Contact Details

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT

First published: 3 October 2017