Opportunity: Call for Young Craftmakers & Designers

6th January 2016

Upland are looking for 15-25 year olds with an interest in learning craft skills, working in craft, or in setting up a micro business in Dumfries & Galloway to take part in Modern Makers 2016.

The Modern Heritage Craft Project has run in 2014 and 2015 giving eighteen 15-25 year olds, all at different stages in their careers, the chance to work with Dumfries and Galloway’s most talented makers.

After a successful pilot period supported by The Holywood Trust and The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Modern Heritage Craft project has now become Modern Makers.

Last year, Amanda Simmons and Shona Guthrie worked with nine young people. In 2014 Ian Cameron Smith and Godfrey Smith also worked with nine young people to create a range of contemporary functional objects.

This year the Maker will be Sam Booth who has over 30 years of experience in interior, product and building design.  In the last two years he has establishedEcho Living realising a long held ambition to develop beautiful, sustainable, small buildings, and has now designed a collection of  bespoke, site specific projects, and off-grid, modular solutions.

Modern Makers 2016 will enable up to 6 young people, age 15-25 years old from Dumfries & Galloway the chance to work with Sam for 20 days between February – June 2016. The final dates will be decided between the Maker and particpants.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is 18th January 2016.

Download more information and guidelines on how to apply here.

Modern Makers is funded by The Holywood Trust and CashBack for Communities through Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity Programme.


This opportunity comes from Upland, a bold, ambitious, world-class, rural-based visual art and craft development organisation based in Dumfries & Galloway, SW Scotland.

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