Our Company was formed in October 2016 to address the issue of the lack of access to arts and crafts education in the 13-17 age group. There are few opportunities in Cornwall as a whole for this age group to participate in arts and crafts classes that are specifically aimed at them and that are affordable for their parents.
If a student doesn’t choose art as a GCSE subject at school, or does and is put in a different subject class ( my daughter was given French instead ) then their art education is effectively finished as most schools do not run extra curricular classes.
It has been found that doing arts and crafts is incredibly helpful towards achieving a sense of mental well being and for young people it will also help towards their future employability. It will help them to grow in confidence and view the world around them in a more positive light. Engaging young people in the arts can inspire and motivate, opening up new possibilities for creative expression and imagination. It can stimulate a young person’s ability to question and connect with the world around them, and nurture positive aspirations, confidence and the capacity for autonomous critical thought. It can also help young people to develop the resilience to manage challenging life circumstances.
Being a Community Interest Company enables us to apply for funding as well as raise money ourselves through selling locally produced art and craft items for profit. This money goes towards hosting workshops for teenagers where they can try their hands at learning different skills and express the creative side of their personalities. If you are an artist based in Cornwall and wish to supply us on a wholesale basis please feel free to drop us an e mail.
We sell our items at The Craft Collective Shop in Redruth and through their online store.
Link to store website https://craftcollective.org.uk/shop/