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
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London-based Craftivists meet every third Thursday of the month (exc Dec) 7pm-9pm in Royal Festival Hall cafe, London where you can bring your own craftivism project, buy a kit from us and/or just come and have a natter.
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.
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
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
For help setting up your own event with our help contact us craftivistDOTcollective @ gmail DOT com
Thurs 25th April LONDON 6pm-9pm: #imapiece Jigsaw Installation exhibited at Craft Central including drinks, snacks and hanging out with fellow craftivistas. All welcome. Facebook event here & event blog here for more info
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. 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
Sat 12th January BELFAST Conway Mill Choice Market workshop & stall 10am onwards. More info here
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
Sunday 9th September LONDON To mark London Fashion Week 2012, there will be a Mini Protest Banner workshop in Fabrications craft shop focusing on the theme of ethical fashion (well, it will be the week before London Fashion Week). Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett will talk about the history and benefits of craftivism as well as teach you the practical craftivism skills needed to complete this project. It will also be a space for discussion and reflection. To book a place please contact Fabrications here
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 and writer JP Flintoff. Book tickets here
Tuesday 31st July LONDON The Craftivist Collective will be at The Make Escape in July, taking place at Hackney Attic in Hackney Picturehouse. The theme is Teddy Bear’s Picnic, which fits well with our Craftivist jam project which is all about global food justice.
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.
Sunday 24th June 2pm-4:30pm LONDON Don’t Blow It hanky workshop in Fabrications. Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and studio dedicated to contemporary textile practise and design, with a particular interest in upcycling and eco design. Learn about the history and benefits of craftivism and the practical craftivism skills needed to complete this project. To book a place and find out the cost please contact Fabrications here
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
7pm-9pm Thursday 22nd March LONDON- Our monthly ‘Stitch-In’ at Royal Festival Hall cafe London. Come with your own craftivism or buy a kit from us, stitch away, have a natter and a snack or just come and stare at us ;p
Sunday 18th March- 2pm-4:30pm LONDON Mini Protest Banner workshop in Fabrications. You will learn about how Craftivism got started and insights into it’s benefits and how it can create change. It will also be a practical session in which you will learn how to cross stitch or embroider messages or slogans with impact! BOOK TICKET 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
7pm-9pm Thursday 16th February- Our monthly ‘Stitch-In’ at Royal Festival Hall cafe London. Come with your own craftivism or buy a kit from us, stitch away, have a natter and a snack or just come and stare at us ;p
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)
6pm-9pm Thursday 9th February- Drop in anytime at Fabrications craft shop (Hackney, London) and studio for a cup of tea, biscuit and help us make alternative valentine cards to leave around the UK on 14th February. We need help making the letters, making the shrink plastic keyrings and sealing the envelopes with love for our global neighbours. All resources provided. Donation of £5 is encouraged to help cover costs.
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
7pm-9pm Thursday 19th January- Our monthly ‘Stitch-In’ at Royal Festival Hall cafe. Come with your own craftivism or buy a kit from us, stitch away, have a natter and a snack or just come and stare at us ;p
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!)