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Public Meeting, Fri 17 May 2019


Why Craft Matters: A Symposium

Why Craft Matters: A Symposium


Join us for a day of debate, presentations and panel discussions with some of the country’s leading craft professionals, makers, academics and commentators.

Expert speakers, industry professionals and makers will explore some of the questions raised by _Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters_ – an exhibition which challenges preconceptions of craft and the role craft plays in our sense of identity, culture and society.

This is a lively event for anyone interested in contemporary craft and society, from craft and design professionals, artists and makers to students and academics.

10am-4pm – Main Symposium in the Harewood Suite, The Courtyard

4.30–6pm – Drinks, networking and opportunity to see Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters in Harewood House

The Symposium will explore:

What values do we invest in craft and how does it represent who we are and how we want to live? In a world more reliant than ever on digital and virtual elements, is craft a way to reconnect with the physical realm? Is it an antidote to mass consumption and how can craft thrive in the contemporary market place?

At a time of enormous social, political and environmental change, we will ask whether craft can provide the principles for a more sustainable and happier way of being. With input from a range of specialists and debate from the floor, the symposium will attempt, ultimately, to answer the question of why craft matters.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Alex Langlands, archaeologist, broadcaster and writer whose recent book Cræft: How Traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making has received critical acclaim

Catherine Lock, Creative Director and Co-Founder of The New Craftsmen.
Hugo Macdonald, Curator of Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, Design Critic and Writer
Dr Rachel Dickinson, Director for Education of Ruskin’s Guild of St George and Principal Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Alice Owen, Associate Professor, Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
Nicky Dewar, Head of Learning and Talent Development, Crafts Council

Makers and Presenters:
Jahday Ford – a recent graduate, combining the techniques of glass blowing with possibilities of digital software
Lena Peters – ceramicist whose work plays with folkloric narratives
Juli Bolaños-Durman – an artist and designer who repurposes glass objects to create new artefacts
Leszek Sikon – artisan blacksmith combining modern design with traditional techniques
Jenny King Embroidery – design and production studio, working in the UK Fashion industry, specialising in Irish Embroidery

The event will be hosted by Jane Marriott, Harewood House Trust Director

The Symposium will be followed by drinks and an opportunity to see Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters in Harewood House

Event Ticket Price includes admission. Lunch is not included in the ticket price. Our cafe and other catering outlets are available on site to purchase food or you are welcome to bring a picnic.

For Concessionary tickets, please bring appropriate ID on the day

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 17 May 2019 10:00 to 18:00


Adult: £45 Member: £30 Concession (student/unemployed): £20  



    Harewood House,
    LS17 9LG



    See location of Harewood House and Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 311445  Lat: 53.89647 Long: -1.52736

    By Road:
    Brown-signed from motorway and A1 dual carriageway. On the A61 between Leeds and Harrogate.

    By Public Transport:
    From Leeds catch the 36 bus from Leeds Bus Station to Harrogate/Ripon. From Harrogate catch the 36 bus to Leeds. Half-price admission for anyone arriving by public transport with a valid bus ticket.

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
    • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
    • Welcome HostWelcome Host
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality