Leading UK craft and design organisations to merge

Membership organisations Design-Nation and Design Factory have announced they are to merge to create a single portfolio and network. The new organisation, which will go under the name Design-Nation, will continue to support the very best and most diverse UK-based contemporary craft and design.

Through championing investment and bringing together partners, Design-Nation hopes to strengthen business and creative development across the UK’s design and craft sectors.

The merger comes following a period of consultation this year, funded by Arts Council England. Positive feedback was received from over 200 members, funders and stakeholders, with many partners expressing an interest in co-partnering on new future projects and opportunities.

“I set up Design Factory in 2005 and take so much pride in the growth of the organisation over the years. From a small local support project to a highly regarded national network, Design Factory has become renowned for nurturing emerging talent and growing creative practice,” commented Clare Edwards of Design-Nation.

“Design-Nation and Design Factory are two highly regarded and successful brands however, we cannot sustain both and it is clear from our research that the name. Design-Nation truly represents the national and international context and has built a stronger brand over a longer period of time which has generated great goodwill,” she added. “A new unified organisation will offer innovative and fresh opportunities that builds on the complementary activities, goodwill and values across our programmes creating Britain’s leading resource for the celebration, support and promotion of craft and design.”

Design-Nation now encompasses over 250 members and over the coming months will endeavour to secure funding to support designer-makers throughout the UK and deliver a series of professional development events.

“With so many organisations in the creative sector feeling the pressures of the current economic climate, I’m proud to be part of a team that is future proofing itself with this well thought through merger. I feel that together we’ll have a stronger voice, and all the members will benefit from having unified support from this proven team,” said Design-Nation member, textile designer Angie Parker.