With all the uncertainty happening around the world and the continual changing of restrictions due to the spread of COVID-19, we know just how difficult the coming weeks may be to navigate for Makers in Scotland and across the UK as exhibitions, markets and fairs continue to be cancelled and shops are ordered to close. With so much information available, we have put together a guide of helpful resources for Makers.
We will continue to update this page as we learn and discover more. Please get in touch at eda@incorporationofgoldsmiths or send us a message on Instagram @incorporationofgoldsmiths with any resources, news, online workshops and recommendations you would like to share.
Resources for Makers and Businesses
Crafts Council (@craftscouncil) has put together a resource for Makers that they will continue to update as guidance changes, including funding and essential information for businesses. Follow @craftscouncil on Instagram as they continue to update their Craft Business Edit on stories with any new information that develops, and to learn more about their virtual Crafts Council Maker Meet-Ups on Zoom.
Culture Counts has created an online survey for individuals and businesses in the arts, screen, heritage and creative industries to learn more about how COVID-19 will effect their lives and work. The results of this survey will be used on a rolling basis to provide feedback for Culture Counts to advocate on behalf of Scottish Makers to the government and parliament. Culture Counts operates as the collective voice of Scotland’s cultural industry, collaborating to provide guidance to the government on how to sustain and support the creative field in Scotland.
Creative Scotland (@creativescots) is continuing to update information on funding, government resources and their response to COVID-19 as the situation develops. There are now 2 funding categories designed to provide support to sustain the creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak that silversmiths and jewellers can apply for through Creative Scotland.
- Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund
- Fund for individual artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work/practice due to COVID-19. Funding is a one-off bursary between £500-£2,500, with a total budget of £2m. Awards are non-competitive and application decisions are aimed to be made within 4 weeks. Applications for this fund are open now, and more details can be found on Creative Scotland.
- Open Funding: Sustaining Creative Development
- Applications for new open funding will begin on 3rd April 2020. Funding is available between £1k-£50k, with an overall budget of £7.5m. This fund aims to support individuals and organisations to sustain themselves during COVID-19. There are no deadlines for applying, and this fund can support activity for up to 12 months.
Craft Scotland (@craftscotland) is maintaining a guide for Makers in Scotland regarding studio practices, workshops, contracts and more.
Crafts Magazine (@craftsmagazine) has opened up the entire archive of their magazine for free, spanning from the 1970s to their most recent issue.
Creative Edinburgh (@creativeedinburgh) has put together a statement, helpful tips for your business and list of resources for makers and those in the creative industry in response to COVID-19
Creative Industries Federation (@creative_fed) and IPSE (@teamimpse) have put together a letter to Parliament and petition to create a temporary income protection fund for freelancers.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed IPSE (@teamipse) are continually updating news, webinars and resources regarding COVID-19.
Citizens Advice Scotland has organised a list of resources on what Coronavirus might mean for you.
UK Government Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been developed for the self-employed experiencing a loss of income due to disruption from COVID-19. The scheme allows you to apply for a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months.
The South London Craft Fair (@solocraftfair) will be hosting a Virtual Craft Market on Saturday, 28th March 2020 from 12pm to 2pm for Makers whose main source of income is their handmade business. In this two-hour window, Makers can post one story featuring a piece and its price with the tag #solocraftfair. These stories will be posted up to 100 at a time, and visitors can screenshot Maker information and get in contact directly about purchasing pieces.
Creative Resources for Makers
Lyon & Turnbull Jewellery (@lyonandturnbulljewels) is starting the #bejewelledbookclub. Each of the jewellery specialists at Lyon & Turnbull will be sharing their favourite jewellery-related reads on Instagram over the next few weeks—follow along to see their picks!
Makers Food Bank Raffle is being organised by a large group of Scotland-based Makers to benefit the Glasgow South East Foodbank. Tickets are sold for £2 each, and eighteen different prizes will be drawn on 19th April 2020 from those who donate.
The Edinburgh Craft Club (@theedinburghcraftclub) is hosting The Edinburgh Craft Swap. Send them a DM to join in and find a new craft project—you don’t have to be from Edinburgh, and the only cost is UK postage.
Please get in touch on Instagram @incorporationofgoldsmiths to send us your reading recommendations.
Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay
Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide by the Smithsonian Institute
Queen’s Jewels by Vincent Meylan
Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann
Contemporary Jewellery in Perspective by Damian Skinner
Rings by Rachel Church
Brooches and Badges by Rachel Church
Pearls Before Poppies: The Story of the Red Cross Pearls by Rachel Trethewey
On Craftsmanship by Christopher Frayling
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters by Peter Korn
Thinking Through Craft by Glenn Adamson
Image Credit: Tools in Sally Grant’s Studio by James Robertson