Through the India-UK Collaboration Scheme, Crafting Futures in India brings together Indian and UK partners to co-develop and collaborate on projects which explore new futures for craft in India and investigate the following questions:
- What are new ecosystems for craft? How can traditional skills, contemporary design and enterprise come together to create new systems?
- How can craft be a route to women’s empowerment and leadership?
- How can craft address global environmental challenges?
- How can craft tourism ensure craft is widely appreciated?
- What possibilities does digital technology bring to craft?
The last few years of the pandemic have been particularly challenging, and the craft sector has experienced dramatic changes because of the subsequent lockdown. At this time of uncertainty, the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme aims for a sustainable future through making and collaboration – supporting a future for craft by understanding its value in our history, culture and world today.
Round two of the India-UK Collaboration scheme will take place from 2022 - 2023. Collaborative projects were selected in November 2021 and bring together Indian and UK partners to co-develop and collaborate on projects with the same investigative questions as round one but with a core focus on post- COVID recovery and an exploration into new futures for craft in India.