The National Swedish Handicraft Council

The National Swedish Handicraft Council is a public agency that reports to the Ministry of Culture.

The mission of the National Swedich Handicraft Council is to promote and support handicraft all over Sweden by increasing people’s interest and knowledge in the area.

The Council disseminates information about handicrafts, arranges conferences and seminars. The focus is on information, investigatory work and initiation of development projects.

The Council’s first priorities are children and adolescents, diversity, creative business, heritage and sustainability, we support the development and influence of handicraft throughout Sweden.

The Council allocate state grants to work that furthers and develops handicraft through various organisations, projects and other activities. The total funding is circa 11 000 000 SEK
(1 070 000 EUR).

The Government appoints the council itself for a period of three years and currently comprises nine members. The Council has 4 employees.

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverketlänk till annan webbplats) in Stockholm hosts the National Swedish Handicraft Council.

The National Swedish Handicraft Council is a member of World Crafts Council Europelänk till annan webbplats since 2018.

Collaborative Cultural Model and the Collaborative Council

The National Swedish Handicraft Council is a member of the Collaborative Council.

The Collaborative Cultural Model was introduced in 2011 to create greater scope for regional prioritisation and variation. County councils or regions decide, following dialogue with the municipalities the arts and the civil society representatives in the respective county, how the Government grant is to be allocated to regional cultural activities.

The shift in government cultural policy to putting more responsibility on the county level regarding the allocation of funds presumes closer collaboration between the different agencies and organisations that support the collaborative cultural model. The solution chosen by the Government was to set up a Collaborative Council. The government agencies and organisations in the Collaborative Council are:

  • The Swedish Arts Council (chair),
  • the Swedish Arts Grants Committee,
  • the National Library of Sweden,
  • the County Administrative Boards,
  • the National Swedish Handicraft Council,
  • Sweden’s national touring theatre company,
  • the Swedish National Heritage Board,
  • the National Archives of Sweden and
  • the Swedish Film Institute.