Crafting Futures Nepal aims to develop pioneering research to illustrate craft in the expanded practice. Together with the partners the University of Leicester and the Nepal Art Village and with supporter Abari, Crafting Futures Nepal intends to realise critical case studies, and in a later stage, creative interventions, that review craft knowledge and practices with strong geographical indicators – exploring how craft, its materiality and making is connected to larger questions of sustainability, development, indigeneity and identity. As such it explores both the complexity of the interdependencies and vulnerabilities.
Throughout this process, exchanges with the UK are expected to build national capacity and resources for academic and non-academic audiences and institutions to create youth engagement, sector interventions and knowledge transfer.
Crafting Futures Nepal also supports the Road to COP26 campaign and its Innovation Grant Programme which is focused on craft entrepreneurship. Applied Arts Scotland, Creative Informatics department at Edinburgh Napier University and Kathmandu University’s Centre for Art and Design and Mechanical Engineering department are co-delivering the programme with support from the National Innovation Center Nepal. The programme will support sustainable business solutions that can economically enable communities at the frontline of climate change effects for strengthened resilience.
Crafting Futures is a global British Council programme, active in over 20 countries around the world with an extensive network of partners. Through making and international collaboration, Crafting Futures brings together craft practitioners, designers and organisations from around the world to explore possibilities for this future together. The programme is currently active in South East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Wider Europe.
Crafting Futures is supported by a voluntary board of sector stakeholders.