Conversations with Craft Towns

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Farnham’s October Craft Month wraps up with an online event bringing together craft partners and towns in England, Scotland, Denmark and Ireland

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Short presentations will be made by Farnham World Craft Town, West Kilbride Craft Town Scotland, Bornholm World Craft Region and MADE in Kilkenny, newly recognised as a World Craft Region by the World Crafts Council.

A Q&A and discussion will follow the presentations.

Tue 23 November, 10am - 12pm, free event

Farnham World Craft Town

Craft is embedded in the fabric, homes and cultural life of Farnham. In June 2020 Farnham was granted World Craft City status by the World Crafts Council. The Farnham World Craft Town initiative is delivered by Farnham Maltings and Farnham Town Council with support from an advisory group of craft makers and institutions.

An illustrated map showing craft venues in Farnham and surrounding areas
West Kilbride Craft Town Scotland

West Kilbride is a scenic village in North Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland, overlooking the Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Nestled within the hillside West Kilbride, Scotland's only designated Craft Town, is a cultural hub and home to a variety of studios and galleries, independently run businesses and well maintained community gardens. The Barony Centre, an upgraded 19th Century Church, lies at the heart of the village, where you can browse unique Scottish Art and Craft, view an annual Programme of Exhibitions, and enjoy lunch or a coffee break in the award winning Barony Cafe.

Craft Town Scotland is an excellent example of a community led, regeneration project using creativity as its driving force. The village has become a destination for anyone with a love of making and creating.

a collage of nine images of craft from west kilbride scotland
Bornholm, World Craft Region

In 2017, Bornholm, Denmark became the inaugural WCC Europe Craft City.

The Danish island of Bornholm is situated in the Baltic Sea between the Scandinavian Peninsula, the European continent and the Baltic States. Bornholm has previously been under Swedish rule and further back it has had a cosmopolitan history due to trade-routes and related cultural exchange involving the inhabitants. Bornholm has a strong tradition of crafts making, primarily glass blowing and pottery/ceramics, and is also renowned for its artists, primarily painters, and hosts one of three regionalized “artist colonies” in Denmark. There is a widespread perception that the Bornholm light and atmosphere have something to offer the artistic creative process.

MADE in Kilkenny

MADE in Kilkenny was formed in 2009 as a multidisciplinary craft group organised and run by its members on a voluntary basis with the mission to promote Kilkenny County as the premier destination in Ireland for authentic handmade Irish crafts of exceptional quality.

Kilkenny County has long reputation for being a centre of creativity in Ireland, and MADE in Kilkenny has striven to unite the considerable wealth of craft talent found here.

The collective has actively contributed to this reputation through the establishment of the Kilkenny Craft Trail, our Annual Arts Festival Exhibition, Biannual Pop-up shops; and most notably this year by achieving the designation for Kilkenny as a World Craft City and Region from the World Craft Council.

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