Professor Martin Charter has directed The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
at UCA since 1999.
During this time he has developed a body of research concerning
sustainable and eco-innovation,
and sustainable and eco-design, with a particular focus on organisational
business. This has led to a widespread programme of dissemination and
application to SMEs
through funded projects, publications, consultancy and training. The
specific beneficiaries of this
research are the SMEs through these projects, guidance and training.
The University for the Creative Arts has a longstanding commitment to the
history, practice, and theory of craft. The research of the Crafts Study
Centre (CSC) and Anglo-Japanese Textile Research Centre (AJTRC) has long
championed the work of craft practitioners in order to find new ways of
thinking through creative practice. This curatorial work, public facing in
nature, has contributed to the personal, professional and creative
development of a range of craft practitioners by offering an enquiry-led
platform for the exploration of craft as profession. Though this research
has brought numerous benefits to a wide range of people and organisations,
this case study explains specific qualitative and quantitative benefits
brought to a number of craft practitioners by this work.
Lost in Lace was an exhibition curated by Professor Lesley Millar
MBE at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), between 29 Oct. 2011
and 19 Feb. 2012. The project was presented by BMAG and the
Crafts Council (CC) as the inaugural exhibition of the CC biennial
Fifty:Fifty partnership programme. An independently commissioned
evaluation reports that significant economic impact, audience development
and curatorial innovation resulted from this work. BMAG and the CC were
the principal beneficiaries of this impact in that the exhibition and its
associated programme of activities fulfilled their stated strategic aims
and ambitions for the specific project and wider organisational goals.