As well as coming to the below events you can also book in our Founder Sarah Corbett to deliver workshops, talks, bespoke projects and exhibitions. Sarah has worked with Tate, Hayward Gallery, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Greenbelt Festival, Tatty Devine, Secret Cinema, St Fagans Museum and exhibited in Ink-d Gallery amongst other things. For more info (and Sarah’s CV if needed) contact craftivistDOTcollective AT gmailDOTcom
To make sure you know about every meeting and every event – keep an eye on this page or subscribe to the newsletter which will arrive in your inbox jam-packed with news, events and inspiring ideas about how we can all make a difference.
Although most of the events we do are in London and Europe we always encourage people to deliver our projects as individuals or in a group wherever they are in the world. For help and advice just shout! 🙂
We do not have capacity to support other local Craftivist Collective groups but we can help with sporadic events, workshops and projects across the world. Plus our Founder is available to deliver workshops, talks and bespoke craftivism projects so please get in touch if you want to book Sarah in.
Saturday 31st August 11:30am-1:30pm our Cardiff Craftivists are doing a #minifashionprotest banner stitch-in event. If the weather is good they will be sewing in the sun and having a little picnic (some drinks and a few nibbles provided, but bring snacks too!) and if it’s raining it will be inside! More info here on Facebook event here
Saturday 14th Sept as part of the first Derby, Peace and Justice Festival that takes place on Saturday September 14th craftivist Anne Clark will be at the WEA in The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby with a display of some of the imapiece jigsaw pieces and an activity to join in with, as part of the Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops campaign. Anne would love people to come to see the work already done and to be part of this effort. Please contact Anne if you would like more info = email@example.com
Tuesday 24th Sept 12:30pm-4:30pm our Founder Sarah will be delivering a talk & part of a panel discussion at the ‘Art, Craft & Participation’ conference by Participation and Engagement in the Arts Knowledge Exchange Network. In Spalding, Lincolnshire. Tickets are free. Book here.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November CRAFTIVISM BOOTCAMP residential training at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath. It is in partnership with Craft Scotland and part funded by a grant from Creative Scotland. Places are competitive & limited to 15 people and the cost for the weekend is £120 (Craftivism Bootcamp is being considerably underwritten by Craft Scotland through a grant from Creative Scotland). Please apply before 19th August.
For help setting up your own event with our help contact us craftivistDOTcollective @ gmail DOT com
Wednesday 28th August our Founder Sarah will be chairing Axis GLOBAL online TWITTER DEBATE on craft & social change 2-3pm (UK time). Do direct your tweets to @AxisWeb @Craftivists & use the hashtag #SummerOfCraft please. More info here.
Sat 24th – Sun 25th August Southbank Centre’s The Village Fair LONDON we will have a stall both days 11am-4pm at the Makers Market with other very exciting crafty organisations you should check out! Our Founder Sarah will also be delivering a talk & is on a panel about craft called ‘Craft Code Village’ on Sat 24th 11am-1pm as part of the event in Clore Ballroom. all FREE.
25th-28th July SECRET GARDEN PARTY FESTIVAL #imapiece workshops within the Village Hall area & #popupcraftivist around site doing our footprint activity.
Saturday 13th July, 09:00-17:30 LONDON TEDxBrixton including Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective talking about the transformative power of craft for activism. SOLD OUT but will available to watch online post-event.
Sunday 7 July, 10.30–17.00: LONDON V&A Mini Maker Faire Meetup conference. our Founder Sarah Corbett will be on the panel for ‘Politics of Making’ 11:15am-12:30pm alongside Cory Docotrow, Martin Dittus, Nelly Trakidou. Chaired by Eva Verhoeven & followed by audience discussion. All information is here
Saturday 15th June WOLVERHAMPTON: as part of Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s WAVE exhibition about climate change sponsored by Christian Aid we will be delivering 2 workshops stitching fabric leaves for a tree installation. Booking is essential. Adult workshop 11am-1:30pm. Childrens paper- workshop is 2-3:30pm
9th May- 1st June BELFAST: Ulster Hall in Belfast will host our #imapiece Craftivist Jigsaw installation of over 700 unique handmade jigsaw pieces to support Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger . All are welcome to drop by for FREE, take part in making a jigsaw & read what craftivists across the UK have stitched to show they are part of the solution to world hunger not the problem. Facebook event is here.
Saturday 8th June 2pm-5pm NEW YORK CITY: This June New York City has its very own pop up craftivist: Me (Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective) will be with my little suitcase of craftivism hanging out in Union Sqaure with a smile hoping you & your friends will join me. Look out for me and come join me in some crafty activism or just chat to me about the history and benefits of craftivism. Get a free tutorial to go with your free craftivism footprint resources and join in the free footprint activity below. I’m a nice craftster, I promise! 🙂 Facebook event If it’s sunny we will be outdoors in the square opposite Barnes & Nobles main entrance on the chairs and tables in the square. If it’s raining we go for Plan B indoors: and be in the upstairs Cafe of Whole Foods Market, Union Square which is 4 Union Square South).
Saturday 8th June 2pm-5pm LONDON: You are invited to come together with tens of thousands of others at Hyde Park, London for ‘The Big IF’ – the biggest-ever rally to end world hunger which our #imapiece Craftivist Jigsaw project is part of. The event is part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign– a coalition of 200 charities including Save the Children, UNICEF, Oxfam and Action Aid all coming together to demand action on hunger. More event info here
Wed 8th May – Thur 9th May LONDON: Sarah Corbett will deliver a talk and workshop as part of the “Craft & Social Change” conference in Toynbee Hall. Tickets available here & limited. The conference is hosted annually by NORWEGIAN CRAFTS and this year will begin by looking at the impact craft has had on campaigning, feminism, social policy and the lives of individuals. The focus will then shift to current practice and include an exploration of craftivism, the slow revolution, sustainable living and what this means for local and global economies. More info here
Wed 24th April 9am-6pm LONDON: Sarah Corbett delivering a craftivism workshop as part of PEOPLE POWER 2013 conference by SMK. Tickets available here. A one-day conference designed to help you achieve your goals through campaigning and activism. You’ll meet campaigners and activists; and leading figures from government, media and the corporate sector – all united to share knowledge, experience and insights. More info here
Tues 16th April LONDON 1pm-2pm: Sarah Corbett will be delivering a TRADE SCHOOL workshop at Hub Westminster. Trade School is an open learning space that runs on barter. Anyone can teach something they are skilled at, or passionate about. Pay for class with a barter item (like food, supplies, or advice) that your teacher requests.
Fri 22nd March 7pm-10:30pm LONDON: Founder Sarah Corbett will one of the 6 speakers delivering a 15minute talk on the Lost Stage at Lost Lectures in a secret location to 500 people (*yulp*). There’ll be interactive demos, mind-shifting displays and a sumptuously surreal setting to see you through the evening. More info here. Tickets on sale here
Sunday 10th March 3:30pm-4:30pm LONDON: Sarah Corbett will be delivering a craftivism workshop at Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre.
Fri 1st March 6pm-8pm MANCHESTER Craftivist Jigsaw installation unveiling at People’s History Museum. Please RSVP. More info HERE
Wed 20th Feb 7pm BOROUGH #imapiece Craftivist Jigsaw event hosted by Borough Belles WI. Closed event for Borough Belles WI members only.
Tues 29th Jan 7pm-9pm DERBY #imapiece Craftivist Jigsaw event hosted by Derby Makers at the Derby Silk Mill Museum. Open to all. All information here or contact the host Anne Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 14th December 11am-3pm LONDON #imapiece Craftivist Jigsaw event hosted by TOMS Give pop up shop Open to all as drop in sessions in the craft corner as a nice reflective craft break between shopping then a live band 4:30pm onwards. Venue: Old Truman Brewery. all info here
Saturday 22nd September BERLIN Craftivist Jam Project in Berlin At the first Day of autumn, September the 22nd from 2pm till 6pm. At the community garden “Allmende Kontor” at the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin
Thursday 20th September LONDON ‘Stitched Stories’ Documentary film preview screening. Stitched Storied is a documentary film made by Rachel Tavernor which interweaves explores the power of craft. The film interweaves the story of Craftivist Collective founder Sarah with the inspiring story of Neil, an ex-prisoner who took up craft in prison as part of fine cell work.6.30pm-8.30pm, Fine Cell Work Pop-Up Shop, 5 Grosvenor St, London, W1K 4DJ
Thursday 16th August LONDON Founder Sarah Corbett will be doing a talk and activity as part of Salon-London mini-festival Future Victorians exploring Future Cities, Future Taste and Future You. The line up includes Editor at Large of Wired Magazine Ben Hammersley and writer JP Flintoff. Book tickets here
Thursday 26th July MANCHESTER The Craftivist Collective is starting up a group in Manchester. This first introductory session will explain what Craftivism is all about and then there’ll be a jam jar lid stitching session in support of our craftivist jam project. Following this session we will be starting a monthly stitch in, every last Thurday of the month. All welcome, free entry. 5-7pm Nexus Art Cafe, Dale Street (opposite Vinyl Exchange),Manchester, M1 1JW.
2pm-5pm Sunday 17th June LONDON: The launch of our Summer Jammin Craftivism Project is happening at Spitalfield’s City Farm on June 17th from 2pm-5pm. Craftsters will be invited to come along and stitch messages on tomato jam jar lids, eat some tomato jam sarnies and chill out to some live music. All are welcome regardless of craft skill. Facebook event here
11am-1pm & 2pm- 4pm Saturday 16th June CARDIFF: Mini Protest Banner workshops (free) with St Fagan’s National History Museum to link in with their ‘The Refugee House’ exhibition. All info here
4pm-7pm Monday 5th March BRISTOL, 4 – 7 Cox and Baloney’s Vinatge Boutique 182 Cheltenham road, Bristol BS6 5R. Oxfam South West will be creating mini protest banners to raise awareness of gender inequality around the globe. . Facebook event here
7:30pm Wednesday 29th February BATH- Crystal Palace Pub, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1.Getting together to craft some flowers to hand out at the Oxfam fundraising group’s International Women’s Day event event which will be accompanied with seeds & a label giving a fact about poverty and how it hits women the hardest, particularly women farmers across the world.Facebook event here
14th February EVERYWHERE- Hijacking Valentines Day Craftivists across the world hand delivering their love letters and homemade keyrings to gaps in walls, cash machine slots, shop shelves deliver and other public places for people to find (instructions video, template letter, keyring design, ideas of where to put your letters)
11am-12pm Saturday 28th January Join our workshop for free at the Amnesty Conference, Shoreditch. You can attend all of the conference or just come to ours. We will be providing a short talk, showing a short film and teaching people how to do our Don’t Blow It craftivism project. More info here
7:30pm-9:30pm Thursday 12th January- Book one of 20 places at our Don’t Blow It workshop at Paper Dress Boutique before it sells out. All resources and kits are provided plus tea and biscuits. Accessible for all regardless of craft skill (we promise!)