Calling all craftsmen

You may already know about this, but if not, the following explains about a proposal to remove “craft” as being part of the creative industries.  This could have a devastating effect on the craft industry which we all love and support.  There is an on-line petition (link below) which needs 100,000 signatures:

The shocking proposal that craft no longer be considered part of the creative industries, as part of the 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 craftsmen and women who consider themselves to be and indeed are creatives 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.

Please sign the petition & lobby your MP.