In 1998 a group of community activists and elected representatives, supported by the community, launched West Kilbride Community Initiative Limited (WKCIL) as a vehicle to regenerate the community by creating Scotland’s only designated Craft and Design town.
The ethos of the organisation was to use crafts in the social, economic, cultural and environmental regeneration of the community. In doing so, the underlying principle was that craft was at the centre of the activities of Craft Town Scotland.
Over the subsequent years, the Initiative with support from funders, has bought or been gifted a total of 9 studios along the main streets which offer affordable rents to a wide range of makers/artists. These working studios are open 3 days a week to the public, Thurs-Sat 11am-4pm, although private appointments can be made out with these hours. We currently have 2 Artists, a Silversmith, A Bear Maker, a Custom Laser Designer, 3 Glass artists – each one using a different discipline, and a Sculptress. Our Makers are often out attending Shows/Fayres so please ensure you get in touch with them if you are making a special visit to see them.
In May 2012 the Barony Centre was opened, creating a focal point and showcase for the Craft Town Scotland initiative. This is housed in a multi-award winning redevelopment of a 19th Century Grade ‘C’ listed church. A ‘culturally unique’ building, The Barony Centre is a place where creativity inspires.
Craft Town Scotland seeks to use crafts as both an attractor and a vehicle for the regeneration of the local community. It looks to work in partnership with other local, regional and national organisations that share their objectives.
Craft Town Scotland aims to make a positive difference by:
• Engaging with makers and audiences in the crafting community
• Using craft as a vehicle to improve social well-being and reduce social isolation
• Building community cohesion through activities that inspire personal and community confidence
• Creating a critical mass of activity associated with crafts that leads to the social, economic, cultural and environmental regeneration of the community
WKCIL is run by a board of volunteer directors who meet regularly to help with the organisation of Craft Town Scotland, the West Kilbride Environment Group and the West Kilbride Trust.
The current board of directors are:
Kirk McCrae – Chairperson
Kay Fegan – Vice Chair
Kay Hall – Secretary
Linda Nicholson – Director
John Purves – Director
Douglas Penman – Director
Billy Dunn – Director Property
Ange Sewell- Director Maker
Rona Slevin – Director
You can contact WKCIL by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org