For the next part of his trip, Joe Pascoe (Craft Vic's CEO & Artistic Director) headed to Edinburgh, Scotland, and went further on to find out about the proposed 'Victoria & Albert at Dundee' ("an outstanding development and an institution to watch" according to Joe!), met with staff from Craft Scotland and took tours of the Scottish Galleries, Dovecot, National Portrait Gallery, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh Castle and Museum on the Mound.
Proposed building for Victoria & Albert Museum at Dundee by Kengo Kuma & Associates (Japan)
"It was invaluable for me to meet an outstanding group of Scottish craftspeople (at the Coburg House facility and elsewhere), and to have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Craft Scotland. For their part, they were very impressed with Craft Victoria and its programs, and the way we function."
"The time spent with Craft Scotland was very interesting and offered an in depth perspective of the craft scene in Scotland. Craft Scotland itself has about 5 staff and acts primarily as an advocacy body, developing the craft brand in Scotland (and externally). The Scottish craft scene is rich and varied, and well served by a network of cultural officers who work across a broad platform of Scottish culture. Whilst the range is broad in terms of craft practice, the centre of focus tends to be object making. With so much history to call on, craft practice tends to reference heritage as much as contemporary concerns.
Wasps Artists Studios - also known as WASPS (Workshop and Artists' Studio and Provisions Scotland).
"WASPS was an excellent large studio complex that would be worthwhile for craftspeople to approach if they intended to live and work in Glasgow or elsewhere in Scotland for a period of time. WASPS runs over 10 studios across Scotland, ranging from Shetland Islands to larger urban areas such as Glasgow. Most studios would be studio spaces only, and not residential.
"Glasgow is an interesting place, for example it has a Jamie Oliver restaurant on the city square, and run down urban fringes."
"Most of the makers have very good websites and use the shop/studio as a base for wider business operations. It is coordinated by a part-time director, and once the new exhibition facility opens it should enjoy considerable success, especially as there are few dedicated display spaces for contemporary craft (apparently) in Scotland (or seemingly in the UK)."
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - featuring neon sign saying 'everything will be alright' by Martin Creed