The Crafts Council acts as an exchange for knowledge of, support for and expertise on contemporary crafts. They produce a programme of high-level events for makers to showcase and sell their work directly to the public. They run schemes to support both emerging and established makers and curators, and create conferences and seminars to encourage debate and share best practice. They provide an information service for anyone interested in contemporary craft and they research, through partnership, the contemporary craft sector to provide a national and regional overview and to highlight current issues. They manage their own collection of crafts objects and publish Crafts Magazine six times a year. They stage high-quality exhibitions in national and regional museums and galleries, and create opportunities for people to see contemporary craft in a variety of contexts. Visit Crafts Council for more information.