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Continuing Professional Development courses

A number of our partner organisations offer courses and workshops to allow you to further your professional knowledge. Below we have listed details of the organisations who exist to help you get further, along with a selection of opportunities.  

Applied Arts Scotland

Applied Arts Scotland look to support the crafts people, designer/makers and applied artists who work professionally in Scotland by creating regular networking opportunities and conferences to allow makers to meet and exchange ideas, and supporting ongoing professional development in the sector by means of training and mentoring. Take a look at their website to find out how to become a member

Cultural Enterprise Office

The Cultural Enterprise Office have listings of professional development and industry events to help you develop your creative business and networks. In addition to running events themselves they list events being run by partner organisations, all of which are geared to help you in business. 

Short Courses

Take a look at our What's On pages for details of courses run by makers and craft organisations - great if you need to brush up on a certain skill, or are looking to try a new direction in your work. 


The Hothouse programme provides support and advice, tailor-made for emerging contemporary craft practices. Hothouse is for makers who are within three years of setting up their craft business, and who are looking to develop a strong foundation and peer-group to help them make the best start. Craft Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with the Crafts Council to bring Hothouse to makers based in Scotland. The programme runs annually, and here you can find out how and when to apply


We partner with the Crafts Council to offer Scottish-based makers the opportunity to take part in Injection; their intensive, year-long business development scheme for mid-career and established craft practices. Find out more and details of how to apply for the next intake on the Crafts Council website

Browse our live opportunities listings below for details of upcoming conferences, workshops or symposiums which may be beneficial to your continuing professional development. Alternatively, you can browse our full list of opportunities

  1. Fashion Foundry Designer Talk with Sally-Ann Provan
    Fashion Foundry Designer Talk with Sally-Ann Provan
    From: 30/08/2017 To: 30/08/2017  10:30 - 12:30

    Sally-Ann Provan will share her experience in millinery and in building relationships with customers in this Fashion Foundry Designer Talk.

    South Block, 60-64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH
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  2. Opportunities to Connect
    Opportunities to Connect
    From: 01/09/2017 To: 01/09/2017  10:00 - 16:00

    A conference to introduce craft and design graduates and new makers to Scottish arts organisations that offer support, funding and opportunities.

    Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Rd, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ET
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  3. Jilli Blackwood Lecture: My Creative Process - An Intimate Relationship
    From: 28/09/2017 To: 28/09/2017  19:00 - 21:00

    Off the Rails Arthouse presents a pilot evening lecture with textile artist Jilli Blackwood. Jilli will talk about the relationship between herself and the textile, her confidence, courage, inspiration, motivation and overcoming self-doubt.

    Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street, Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT
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  4. Funding For International Tradeshows: UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme
    Funding For International Tradeshows: UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme
    Deadline: 30/09/2017

    The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Tradeshow Access Programme provides government funding in the form of grants to help eligible UK businesses attend overseas trade shows or conferences.

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  5. Celebrating Creativity, Expression & Colour: A two-day mosaic event in Edinburgh
    Celebrating Creativity, Expression & Colour: A two-day mosaic event in Edinburgh
    From: 30/09/2017 To: 01/10/2017  09:00 - 17:30

    The British Association for Modern Mosaic is holding its annual forum at the University of Edinburgh on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017. This is your opportunity to hear from Scottish, national and international mosaic practitioners to inspire and expand your creative horizons.

    University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
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Please note that while we have done our best to include all relevant courses and organisations, this list may not be exhaustive. If you know of a course of organisation not mentioned here, please let us know.

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