University Craft Collective Wins Prestigious National Award

Friday 3 May 2013
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, presenting the award to Dr Katie Bunnell of Autonomatic

Autonomatic Research Group, a craft collective based at Falmouth University, has won a prestigious national award for their work encouraging craft in education, 2 May 2013.

Led by Professor Katie Bunnell, the Autonomatic Research Group won the 'Judge's Spotlight' Award for Encouraging Craft Skills in an Educational Setting at the inaugural Craft Skills Awards, set up by Creative & Cultural Skills and partners to reward and encourage best practice in passing on craft skills.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, presented the prize at the awards that have been established to recognise crafts excellence, to celebrate the passing on of those skills and to encourage others to get involved.

"Crafts can bring one closer to nature: they are a part of the human story of transmission of living tradition and cultural identity from one generation to another," said HRH The Prince of Wales.

Over the past decade the Autonomatic Research Group at Falmouth University has developed ways of taking craft into the digital age by engaging students and professional practitioners with cutting edge craft technology, propelling makers into successful businesses and careers.  Their research addresses real life challenges around health, economy and technology.  A sense of place is key to the programme and work is informed by the inspirational rural and craft heritage of Cornwall. 

Dr Katie Bunnell is Associate Professor of Design at Falmouth University and leads Autonomatic, specialising in surface design, ceramics and digital technology. She said: "Winning the Judges' Spotlight Award is a great achievement and a real recognition Falmouth University is at the cutting edge of contemporary craft education.

"Autonomatic are leading lights in digital craft in the UK and this is thanks to a knowledgeable and determined team working with a talented bunch of Falmouth students, alumni and professional practitioners."

The Craft Skills Awards, supported by the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, honours for people who encourage craft skills in the workplace, in an educational setting, who engage new audiences for crafts, and for the 'learner of the year'.

Watch the full film celebrating the awards, and featuring Falmouth University's Autonomatic, here

The Autonomatic Research Group has been part funded through ERDF AIR funds and ESF 011200NCO5. For further information regarding this European funding please click on the EU logo in the website footer.


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