Crafts Council Success

Textiles alumna Majeda Clarke joins board of trustees for the national charity.

Date: 16 February 2021

Majeda Clarke, an alumna of Textiles BA at the School of Art, Architecture and Design has recently been announced as a trustee of the Crafts Council.

Founded in 1972, the Crafts Council is the national charity for craft whose aims are to empower learning and nurture craft businesses. The Crafts Council's goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. The Board of thirteen trustees includes at least four makers and meets four times a year to provide governance to the charity.

Majeda Clarke is an award winning-textile artist based at Cockpit Arts, London. She received the 2018 British Muslim Award for Creativity and took part in the Crafts Council Hothouse programme. After a career in education, as a Head of English and then as an inspector and advisor for Camden schools Majeda retrained in Textiles at London Met before setting up her own studio.

The other trustees announced last week were Lady Kitt, a paper sculptor, researcher and drag king, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Ed Matthews-Gentle, Programme Leader at Creative Lancashire and strategic lead for Creative Industries at Lancashire County Council. Majeda is the second alumna of the school to be appointed as a trustee in recent months. In 2020, artist and designer Yinka Ilori who studied Furniture and Product Design also joined the board.

Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Chair of the Crafts Council board of trustees said, "I’m delighted to welcome Majeda, Kitt and Ed as trustees. They bring new voices to the board and their experience will be invaluable as we shape our future."


woman in yellow dress sits holding roll of yarn

Photograph of Majeda Clarke by Thom Atkinson