21 August - 6 November 2021
**Online booking essential**
Meet Make Collaborate is part of our Crafting Interconnections: between ways of making and living season, a collaboration between the Barn and Applied Arts Scotland to explore the interconnections between craft and environmental awareness.
Meet Make Collaborate brings together Scottish makers with their counterparts in Mexico, Thailand and Canada. Through a programme of international exchange residencies the participants had space and time to expand the scope of their practice and create new works on the themes of identity, sustainability and collaboration. The first stage of these residencies took place before the Covid-19 pandemic, and enabled makers to met in person in Canada, Thailand, Mexico and Scotland.
During 2020 they adapted to the current circumstances and developed new ways to continue their collaborations digitally. Many participants have told us that their collaborations have been a lifeline during these challenging times and have provided comfort, support, focus, creative inspiration and reinforced the joy and sense of connection brought about through making. Additionally, throughout the lock down situation they all shared, and in whatever country they live in, this time has made them all consider the project themes of identity, sustainability and collaboration from new perspectives.
Collaboration has the power to be transformative as can be seen by these new works created in response to the projects. The residency experience enables time for renewed inspiration and can act as a catalyst for new ideas, new ways of thinking, new processes and expanded approaches to making. Time spent together digitally or in person allows an understanding of different cultures through the power of making.
The work created for Meet Make Collaborate is a reflection of this creative process and the journey of trust and openness between the participants.
More information about the Meet Make Collaborate exhibits can be found by clicking here.
Meet Make Collaborate is part of an international project by Applied Arts Scotland SCIO in partnership with the British Council Crafting Futures programme including the British Council Mexico, British Council Thailand and the British Council Scotland. It is funded by Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Edinburgh College of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, High Life Highland and Museums Galleries Scotland.