Logo of Craft Really Works at Craftworks.

Craft Really Works

Visitors to Craftworks 2024 can browse a fascinating feature showcase of craft as an activity for the wellbeing of society – Craft Really Works is a collection of projects and approaches from all parts of the UK that are focused on the many positive side effects of craft.

Woven Bag by The Woven Communities project, part of Craft Really Works at Craftworks.

Woven Communities

The Woven Communities project grew out of an initiative and collaboration between a group of Scottish basketmakers, the Scottish Basketmakers Circle, and an anthropologist from the University of Saint Andrews, Dr Stephanie Bunn. The SBC’s aim was to collect together and document all the diverse research conducted about Scottish vernacular basketry.

Embroidered dress by ArtAtWork. Part of the craft-really-works campaign at Craftworks.

Art At Work

ArtatWork is a not for profit Community Interest Company who offer arts activities as a means of promoting wellbeing, encouraging people to rediscover their creativity, in a fun and collaborative way, thus increasing good mental health.

Embroidered Dusters by Domestic Dausters. An exhibitor part of the craft-really-works campaign for Craftworks

Domestic Dusters

Domestic Dusters is a collaborative, creative and craft-based project that includes submissions from women from across the world and from many different backgrounds. Each participant has responded to the open provocation: Women and Domesticity – What’s your Perspective? by embroidering their experiences of domesticity onto a yellow dusting cloth. To date it includes 700+ dusters.  

Mosaic by Art4Space. An exhibitor part of the craft-really-works campaign.

Art 4 Space

Art4Space is a non-profit Community Interest Company that promotes holistic wellness, social justice, and positive change through art and design education. They operate from an award-winning Community Arts Centre, where people of all backgrounds can express themselves through art and share their stories in a creative space.

Linen by Linen Biennale . An exhibitor in the craft-really-works campaign as part of craftworks.

Linen Biennale

The Linen Biennale provides a platform for ‘conversations’ about linen, and the role it has played in shaping Northern Ireland, celebrating our linen heritage as well as a desire to explore how flax and linen is now inspiring artists, makers, designers, performers and manufacturers. 

Memory Blanket by Fabrications. An exhibitor within the craft-really-works campaign as part of craftworks


Fabrications opened its doors in June 2000 and could be described as a mini department store of textile treasures, where gallery meets modern day haberdashery, whilst “sewing the seeds of creativity, mindful making and resourceful living in the hearts and hands of the community”.

Embroidered piece by ACEarts. An exhibitor at Craftworks as part of the Craft-really-works campaigns.


Ace Arts promotes art and creative activity, to inspire, empower and enable people to develop and grow, by giving a platform to artists and makers, providing creative activities and courses for all ages and abilities and delivering creative projects focusing on community health and wellbeing.

Manifesto piece by Craftivist Collective. An exhibitor part of the Craft-really-works campaign.

Craftivist Collective

The Craftivist Collective is an inclusive group of people committed to using thoughtful, beautiful crafted works to help themselves and encourage others be the positive change they wish to see in the world.

Fine Cell Work is part of Craft Really Works at Craftworks.

Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work is a UK-based rehabilitation charity and social enterprise which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. 

Marquetry by Amber Joy. An exhibitor at Craftworks as part of the craft-really-works campaign.

Amber Joy Creative Studio

Creative Facilitator offering craft courses for adult learning, charities, private and community projects; Amber specialises in teaching the historic crafts of marquetry and straw marquetry along with other creative courses such as furniture restoration, mosaic and crochet.

Clay Model by Mud Gang Pottery is part of Craft Really Works at Craftworks.

Mud Gang

Mud Gang Pottery is a female led ceramics studio, on a mission to make clay activities accessible to everyone; running as an inclusive space where people of all ages and abilities can learn about ceramic techniques, make beautiful things from clay and be free to express themselves creatively!

Pots Created by The River Clay Project, part of Craft Really Works at Craftworks.

The River Clay Project

Creative technologist and chartered engineer Jude Pullen devised a DIY clay project teaching school children how to identify clay in a river bed, carefully excavate, and then process it into workable clay that they can then use to create their own ceramics.

Stitches of Support at Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, part of Craft Really Works at Craftworks.

Stitches of Support

Nightingale Cancer Support Centre improves the quality of life of cancer patients, their family and friends, by helping them cope with and come to terms with their cancer diagnosis.