Modern Makers 2022

Applications are now open for Modern Makers 2022, a programme for young people (30 years and under) to learn craft skills.

Deadline: 6/01/2022

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Recent Treehouse project by Mark Zygadlo
Recent Treehouse project by Mark Zygadlo

Upland | Call for Modern Makers 2022:  
A programme for young people (30 years and under) to learn craft skills.


What is the Modern Makers project? 

Applications are now open for Modern Makers 2022, a chance for a small group of young people to be tutored intensively for 20 days by a professional maker to learn new skills and to develop their own practice. This year participants will be working collaboratively on a group project, experiencing hands-on learning with skilled woodworker, Mark Zygadlo.

The participants will work closely with Mark in the design and fabrication of a bespoke treehouse, to be sited within a local woodland. The project entails around 20 group sessions which will be spread between January – July 2022 with an additional ‘go& see’ visit and showcasing opportunity.


Who is it for? 

16 – 30 year olds from Dumfries and Galloway (you must be 30 years or under for the duration of the project). 

No previous specific woodworking experience is necessary but we are looking for participants who wish to extend their creative skills, who are enthusiastic, energetic and prepared to fully engage with a hands-on making process. This project is partly outdoor, physically demanding, and will be highly rewarding to suitable applicants.


Who is the professional maker for 2022?  

Lead Maker for the 2022 programme is: Mark Zygadlo.

Mark Zygadlo is a well-established professional artist and maker based in D&G whose work over the past ten years has focused on creating large scale, kinetic, public artworks using rivers, waterways and water as a platform or an integral part of the work. Alongside this artistic and environmental focus he previously ran a cabinet making business and also worked as a boat builder/restorer and a timber building framer. Mark has successfully delivered a public art work with Upland as part of Spring Fling 2019 and been a mentor on the 2020 Emerge bursary programme.

Mark on his background as a maker: After completing a Fine Art degree, I fairly quickly migrated into cabinetmaking, developing a business which employed and trained many young people locally. I have also worked as a boatbuilder/restorer, timber building framer and I am constantly learning new skills demanded by each project. This background is invaluable to me as an artist and it is the basis of what I can offer to the Modern Makers programme. I am excited by the challenges of what I make, by working with other people and by the prospect of communicating this excitement to others, especially younger artists and makers, and giving them the chance to work on a large-scale project.”


For more information and application details please click here

The deadline for applications was 13th December, however we have decided to keep the application period open until 5pm on 6 January 2022.