Crafts Council has done an initial survey of over 600 craft makers, on the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses/practices. And here are some headlines:

  • Makers need clarity on what funding is available and access to support
  • 60% reported loss of earnings of over £5,000 in the next six months
  • 60% have little or no reserves in their business
  • 63% can make new work due to studio closures, material shortages, family commitments
  • 68% wanted regular Crafts Council updates with practical measures to support them
  • Makers reported that the closure of galleries (71%), markets and fairs (64%) is having the biggest impact on their business
  • 60% reported cancellation of teaching, classes and workshops
  • 26% reported loss of work from other sectors e.g. fashion
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