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How To Be a Craftivist as a Form of Gentle Protest with Sarah Corbett

Sat 22 June
10:30 am
- 4:00 pm


Learn about how To Be a Craftivist as a Form of Gentle Protest with Sarah Corbett

The Workshop

If there’s time for the loud, there’s also time for the quiet. If there’s time for the fast, there’s also a need for the slow.

Gentle craftivism is for everyone wherever you are in the world: from skilled crafters to burnt out activists, introverts, highly sensitive people, people struggling with anxiety and those people who want to challenge injustice in the world but don’t know what to do, where to start or how to prioritise their energies and time.

Spend a day quietly learning how to be an effective gentle craftivist using your head, heart, and hands together in a calming multi-sensory environment to craft small, kind, and attractive handmade objects as catalysts for positive social change. All craft resources supplied and ethically sourced. No craft skills needed, just an open heart and an open mind.

You will learn the theory and practice of gentle craftivism: the Why and the How. You will craft more than one craftivism object to show you the different ways craftivism can be used for positive social change.

Tickets include lunch.

The Workshop Leader

Sarah P Corbett is founder of the global Craftivist Collective, award-winning campaigner, author, and Ashoka Fellow. Born in Everton; the fourth most deprived ward in the UK. A professional campaigner most recently with Oxfam GB. Corbett founded the Craftivist Collective in 2009 to engage non-activists and influential target audiences globally to deliver what she coined ‘Gentle Protest’. Her pioneering work has directly helped change hearts, minds, policies, and laws around the world. Corbett works with national charities such as Save the Children, UNICEF, and The Climate Coalition amongst others, creates bespoke events for museums and galleries such as Tate and V&A as well as collaborates with unusual allies such as Secret Cinema to reach new and nervous audiences to activism.

WWF used Corbett’s 10-point manifesto to create their own successful craftivism campaign that led to a change in law to protect migrating birds. Corbett co-created the new Girlguiding Craftivism badge, has exhibited in Stockholm, Helsinki Design Week and currently with Design Museum Denmark until December 2024. Sarah was included in the Crafts Council 2018 ‘Power List’, was part of the BBC documentary: ‘Craftivism: make a difference’ and her TEDx speech ‘Activism Needs Introverts’ was chosen as a TED Talk of The Day with over a 1.2million views so far. Corbett’s book ‘How to Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest’ is now available in paperback and her new book The Craftivist Collective Handbook will be published 2nd May 2024.

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