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Apply for COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme 2020

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Emerging makers, gain the vital skills required to build a sustainable craft career. Apply for the COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme commencing in March 2020.

OMPASS is Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme created specifically for makers.

The COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme runs on an annual basis. Applications are now open for the 2020 programme that will commence in March 2020.

We have up to ten places available for a dedicated cohort of makers, who will work through the programme together. This opportunity is suitable for a professional practicing maker in the early stages of their craft career. It is ideal for someone who has been in business between one and four years, and suitable for makers who make one-off museum-quality pieces or small-batch production.

We would define a person in business as someone who has been selling their craft pieces to galleries, shops or direct to the public. We are interested in supporting different types of businesses (sole trader, partnership or limited company) and it is not essential that you have registered your business with HMRC to be eligible for COMPASS.

The Emerging Maker strand will teach you the vital skills required to build a sustainable craft career.

The programme will take a practical approach through a series of three one-day workshops, an immersive Five-day COMPASS: Residential, one-to-one sessions, specialist advice, work critiques and a follow-up True North Overnight Session. It will offer fundamental business skills and training to support craft businesses through the crucial early stages of development. Each maker will be matched with a mentor to provide tailored advice. 

Throughout your time on the COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme you will be supported by members of the Craft Scotland team. They will guide you through the process and be present during the workshops and Five-day COMPASS: Residential to answer any questions you may have about the programme and Craft Scotland.

COMPASS is Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme created specifically for makers. Generously supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.