Call for makers – Craft School: Yinka’s challenge

Join the Crafts Council and multi-disciplinary artist Yinka Ilori in leading a series of CPD workshops for teachers on Friday 9 July.

The Crafts Council is proud to announce a nationwideCraft School challenge for learning practitioners wishing to engage their students with craft thinking and making. Created in collaboration with Crafts Council trustee Yinka Ilori, the creative challenge will celebrate three vital themes; Play, Storytelling and Empowerment.

Ahead of the challenge launch this summer, they are looking for three craft educators or craft makers to deliver one practical session on each of the themes. They will be uplifting and celebrating craft in the classroom and the teachers that deliver it through an exploration of craft skills, new and old.

For each session they will be paying a fee of £200, which will include the planning and delivery of the activity.


  • Each session will be delivered online in the form of a ‘make-along’ activity.
  • These activities must be both engaging and easy to follow as not all learning practitioners will have specialist skills.
  • The activity will be streamed online by a digital platform called Remo. This video conferencing tool will allow participants to easily network with each other, ask questions and reflect on their practice.
  • Please note the CPD activities will be recorded for future distribution.


Each session will include a 30-minute practical workshop and a further 20 minutes for conversation. The conversation will be managed by the event facilitators but is intended to be an informal chance to reflect with the group lead.

    • Play – 10.45 – 11.50 am
    • Storytelling – 13.15 – 14.35 pm
    • Empowerment – 14.50 – 15.40 pm

How to apply

Please read the full application guidance before sending a proposal that includes the following:

  • A short statement explaining why you’d like to be part of the project
  • A brief outline of your proposed project highlighting how you would meet the theme you have chosen
  • Details of your making practice and any teaching or facilitation experience

Proposals should be submitted in PDF format by email to Rebecca Goozee, Education Manager: [email protected].

To submit applications in an alternative format, or to request information in an alternative format please email [email protected] or call 020 7806 252.

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 June 2021, 9am.


Header image: Colour Palace, Yinka Ilori, East Dulwich Picture Gallery (2019).
Photo: Andy Stagg



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