PROJECT PARTNERS& funders
The Makers & Tools project was kindly supported by a fantastic group of venues, organisations and education establishments who all work tirelessly to support and promote the creative practices of contemporary craft makers in the SW and SE regions. Without them this ambitious project would not have been possible.
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
"New Brewery Arts is a bold, ambitious charitable arts organisation, championing craft and creativity for all, by supporting craft practitioners, enabling wide public engagement and being a voice in national craft debates. Our gallery shows five craft exhibitions a year; our wide range of craft courses and workshops are suitable for adults, teens or children; the eight resident makers' studios invite visitors in to see craft at work and to buy direct; the work sold in our Craft Shop supports more than 150 craft makers; and our onsite accommodation at The Barrel Store allows visitors from further afield to participate in craft workshops, or just to use us as a base from which to explore the Cotswolds."
Arts at The Old Fire Station, Oxford
"The Old Fire Station is a public arts centre in Oxford showcasing the best of local and international performance and artwork, which takes a risk and entertains. We support early to mid career artists from all disciplines with advice, subsidies, networks and promotion to help them become more successful. The Old Fire Station isn't just an arts centre, we share our building with the charity Crisis and together we aim to help end homelessness in Oxford."
Clayhill Arts, Somerset
“Clayhill Arts is a residential learning space for creative professionals. Designed specifically to nurture creative learning, the space has been converted from an old farm into an inspiring learning space in which to develop your creative practice. We offer unique working spaces and accommodation in a retreat-like setting, overlooking the Quantock Hills in Somerset.”
The Creative Duck
The Creative Duck exists to brings together the creative community in and around Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. They host regular events to support and inspire artisans and creative small businesses, helping them to develop their skills, collaborate and make connections. The trio also offers one-to-one workshops and packages in marketing, social media, web and graphic design and copy writing. Visit their online shop for hand-picked products all by local creatives; a destination to support small and buy beautiful.
“Independent Oxford is a project that supports, promotes and champions the independent businesses of Oxfordshire. Set up three years ago, we shout about the plethora of Oxford’s great independents to locals and visitors. Whether they are shops, bars, restaurants or places to stay, these indies make this city just as rich, as interesting and as unique as its world famous, University centric history. Through supporting independents you’re supporting the local economy and the money you spend at an independent directly helps support that person’s livelihood. You’re also supporting crafts people, experts in their fields and people who care absolutely 100% about what and why they’re doing it. There are great businesses just down the road that will greet you by name, and online shops that will deliver your order by bike and at a time that’s convenient to you. We want you to discover them!”
Oxford Makers Group
"omg (oxford makers group) is a group of designer/makers, artists and creative business owners based in & around Oxford. Established as a way for makers, often working alone, to come together to share experiences of running a craft business, and to support each other’s creative practices.
We have regular meetings, on the First Thursday of each month at the Jam Factory, and are always happy to welcome new faces."
Rycotewood Furniture, Oxford
“Rycotewood has delivered furniture education since 1938. It is a renowned centre of excellence, delivering vocational training in the design and craft of furniture from entry level to BA(Hons). Our offer includes courses in furniture making, wood carving, apprenticeships and degree level programmes in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.
Our students are regular award winners in national competitions including those run by City & Guilds, New Forest Trust and the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
Students benefit from our extensive network of industry partnerships and collaboration with organisations such as the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University. Regular visits, guest speakers, bursaries and live projects bring the student experience at Rycotewood to life.”
Oxford Brookes University - Art & Design Foundation Course
"This one year foundation course is an entry route to all BA Art and Design courses. You will learn from tutors and visiting lecturers who are practising artists and designers. Students will engage with a wide range of creative approaches, and introductory workshops across our facilities provides a solid foundation in each medium. We have extensive specialist facilities including printmaking, graphics, video editing, fashion and textiles, photography and 3D design. 3D Workshop - facilities include equipment for casting with metals, resin and acrylic, plaster, glass and wax. These include the production of vinyl and latex mould making, and a kiln for ceramics and glass work. We also have a fully-equipped woodworking area, sheet metal cutting equipment, welding facilities, a laser cutting system and a heat press. Students leave the course with a diverse portfolio of work. You will experience subjects, skills and techniques to make an informed choice about studying for a degree in art and design with good access to art and culture in Oxford and London."