We were delighted to host the Craft Hub Festival at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea in September 2023.
A key theme of the festival was community engagement and social inclusion through craft making. The festival featured 36 workshops delivered at 6 venues across the Swansea region, with 1011 direct workshop participants over the Festival period!
The workshops were delivered by a wonderful selection of international craft practitioners with content tailored to different audiences, all with the aim of increasing awareness and appreciation of craft as well as encouraging participation of those new to craft.
As well as formal long-format workshops, the festival featured pop-up workshops in the Quadrant Shopping Centre, in the heart of Swansea. By offering different format workshops, we engaged with as many visitors as possible! Those with less time available could take a pause and make an origami Swan! Others could try their hand at lino-printing onto a tote bag. For those with a little more time, the Yo-Yo quilt making was very popular, with visitors sharing their stories and having a chat while working together. Our younger visitors especially enjoyed the decorative head-band workshops; learning how to make pompoms and flowers from mixed materials to decorate their head band.
The feedback received has been outstanding. So many visitors have expressed their appreciation and desire for more, with a recurring question of “What’s next”!!
Many of the craft practitioners who worked with us to deliver workshops and artist talks are featured on our Craft Hub platform and on our Craft Hub You Tube Channel. Do take a look to find out more about these talented makers!