Emergents support and nurture professional craft makers and fashion designers.

COMBO3The  Highlands and Islands are recognised as an area that truly values the nurturing of creative talent and we are home to some of the most outstanding and successful creative businesses. 

It is our aim to  support and develop this talent, from emerging  to well established  businesses and to make a real difference to the economic & creative life of the area.

Emergents works to support a wide range of professional craft makers creating contemporary and traditional work. We also work with fashion designers and producers. Craft disciplines include ceramics, glass, millinery, furniture, jewellery, metalwork, wood, lettering, musical instruments, paper, basket making, willow weaving, mosaics, textiles (woven, embroidered, printed).

HEATHER MCDERMOTT IN HER STUDIODue to our funding remit we currently do not represent fine art, painting, drawing, photography, printing on paper, candle, soap or cake making, stationery and any work made by the assembly of wholly bought-in materials or kits. Unless otherwise stated, we currently only work with businesses based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland & Moray.

If you are unsure is your work fits our criteria please get in touch.


XpoNorth:  8 & 9 June 2016 – Inverness

XpoNorth Archive
The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival, until 2014 known as goNORTH, is Scotland’s leading creative industries festival. A hot-bed of creative activity, XpoNorth takes place over two exciting and energising days and nights in the Highland capital of Inverness. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; and music. XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Find out more and how to register for your free place here:

Go and See Funding

Emergents regularly offer Go & See Travel Bursaries to Highlands & Islands  and Moray makers who would like to attend events to aid research and the development of their practices. Visit our Go and See page to view out current opportunities:

Emergents Cr&FT

Cr&FT logoEmergents showcase our creative talent in the Highlands and Islands, nationally and internationally, through our platform Cr&FT, this forms part of our programme of support for professional craft makers and fashion designers provided throughout the year.

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Keep in Touch

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The work of XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles through Emergents is funded by HIE (through European ERDF funds) and is a key part of HIE’s support strategy for the creative industries in the Highlands and Islands.    

You can download a PDF version of the HIE Creative Industries Strategy 2014 – 2019 here: HIE Creative Industries Strategy 2014 – 2019




Emergents support and nurture professional craft makers and fashion designers, from emerging to well established.