The ‘Makers in Focus’ research project, which has been examining the professional development needs of West Midlands craft makers, has published the final report. (PDF, 500kb). One of the key findings…

“The loss of young graduates from the region is alarming”, and in the next sentence the report seems to blame the… “Arts Council England, West Midlands’ declining capacity and flexibility to make direct strategic investment in the sector, and the fragmented nature of existing professional development provision,”.

The average craft maker’s turnover in the West Midlands is £25,000 per year, from which the final profit must be proportionately small.