Wednesday, 22 May 2013

UK Petition

From my Society Of Designer Craftsmen newsletter....

Petition to stop the government reclassifying craft as non-creative




The shocking proposal that craft no longer be considered part of the creative industries, as part of the 30 April proposed changes set out in Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries consultation paper needs to be challenged. The craft industry and those who work in it, over 88,000 people making a £3bn annual contribution to the UK economy, are inherently and by their very nature creative. We want the UK Government to stop ignoring The Crafts Council and the thousands of mostly sole trading craftsmen and women who consider themselves to be and indeed are creative's and do not see themselves as manufacturing as the DCMS suggest. The Government should be proud & supportive of our vibrant creative craft industry & celebrate the unique, rich diversity of skills & craftsmanship, not seek to declassify, dismiss & undermine it.



Calling an IT Business Analyst or indeed a Town Planner a creative but refusing the title to a skilled potter or ceramicist shows the level of understanding that those proposing the change have of what is and isn't creative.



It could have a profound knock on effect on funding and profiling should this madness go ahead.



Martin Conlan – Slow Loris Textiles



Please sign the petition & lobby your MP.



https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49537


sign here

Petition to stop the government reclassifying craft as non-creative

Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport



We request the Government reconsider the proposal that craft no longer be considered part of the creative industries, as part of the 30 April proposed changes set out in Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries consultation paper.

The craft industry and those who work in it, over 88,000 people making a £3bn annual contribution to the UK economy, are inherently and by their very nature creative. We want the UK Government to stop ignoring The Crafts Council and the thousands of mostly sole trading craftsmen and women who consider themselves to be and indeed are creatives.

The Government should be proud & supportive of our vibrant creative craft industry & celebrate the unique, rich diversity of skills & craftsmanship, not seek to declassify, dismiss & undermine it.

Calling an IT Business Analyst a creative but refusing the title to a skilled potter or ceramicist shows the level of understanding that those proposing the change have of what is and isn't creative.











1 comment:

  1. Happy to add you to my print giveaway Catherine.... and I've signed the petition too!

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