What is the CRAFTSPACE Collective?
Creative actions for positive change

Who is it for?

  • Young people aged 16-25.
  • Anyone who is interested in craft, design or making can come along or join our facebook group. You don’t need to have studied art and we particularly welcome people who are currently not in education or employment.
  • Craftspace Collective welcomes everyone from any background. If you have particular access requirements please let us know in advance.

Who is in our group already?

Some of the group are working on local shops or at university studying art and non-art subjects such as engineering and photography, others are at college or still at school. Have a look at our facebook group and see who’s joined up.

What do we do?

  • We meet regularly to work on projects using Guerilla Craft, DIY Craft and Craftivism. (What is this?! *see below).
  • We often work with professional artists.
  • We try and use our work to influence change – such as drawing attention to green issues, using recycled materials or thinking about where we live in a different way.
  • Our meetings are relaxed and we always welcome new people. We work with the support of staff from Craftspace.
  • There are opportunities to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills and teach others your new skills. As well as learning new craft and making techniques. There is also the opportunity to achieve an accredited Arts Award which counts towards UCAS points and entry into Higher Education.

Where is it?

  • Recently we have worked mostly around Birmingham Cathedral ‘ pigeon park’ but also at the Custard Factory and at the Clothes Show Live at the NEC.
  • Meetings normally take place in the Custard Factory in Birmingham City Centre.

When is it?

Look on our facebook group and blog for events and meeting dates.

How much is it?

It is free to attend meetings and it won’t cost you anything to take part in events. All materials and tools are supplied. We usually refund any transport costs and have a bit of food and drink at meetings.

How do I join?
Join the facebook group and email us at craftspacecollective@craftspace.co.uk to introduce yourself.

Follow us on twitter @welovecraft
Chat about the project and find out about meetings and events on the Craftspace Collective facebook page.
More images from our projects and events are on our flickr group 

*What are we talking about?!!

The act of intervening, a deliberate entry into a situation to influence events.

Craft + Activism
The intersection of craft and activism.
A Craftivist creates crafts for environmental responsibility, social justice, peace, love, and the challenge of bettering the world with crafts. (From www.urbandictionary.com)

Guerilla Art
Guerilla art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives.The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, and street installations. Typically, Street Art is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. Eg. Banksy is Amazing a Guerilla artist. (From  www.urbandictionary.com)

More like this… Some links to websites showcasing similar work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craftivism, http://craftivism.com/what.html