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helping 165 resident designer- makers to grow their businesses. The organisation also runs Making It workshops and seminars, supporting hundreds of people in acquiring new skills and developing their talent.


Craft Rally is a network for makers, enabling individuals


to exchange


ideas, skills and knowledge via a physical and virtual network. This takes place at events held across the country and are delivered in partnership with organisations such as Yorkshire Artspace, Artquest and Manchester Metropolitan University.


Hothouse is a programme setup to support up to 40 emerging makers, who are within two years of setting up a practice.


The programme


consists of a combination of intensive business skills and creative development, as well as a six month period of one-to-one support. One


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of the programme aims, among many, is to profile models of practice and career routes to aspiring makers. The Crafts Council website has all available information on programmes they provide as well as a great resources section, enabling designer-makers to search for other such organisations around the country.


Another organisation dedicated to nurturing the talent of designer- makers is London based Cockpit Arts. Celebrating their 25th birthday this year, Cockpit Arts is a social enterprise and creative-business incubator for UK creative talent,


Cockpit Arts provides an Incubator Package to designer-makers wishing to become a resident at Cockpit Arts. This includes services and support such as a managed studio in a creative environment, promotional and selling opportunities, one-to- one business support, a Business Growth Loan Scheme and access to their online resources, to name a few.


For those simply wishing to learn new skills at Cockpit Arts, the Making It workshops and seminars are a great way to do this. They are available to resident designer- makers as well as those not based at Cockpit Arts; the workshops are designed to develop the skills you need to run a successful practice. They are run by in-house coaches, although industry specialists such


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