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15 craft exhibitions to see in the UK this April

From textiles to video games


Bowes Museum in County Durham presents the story of antique dealing in Britain and its important role in the development of public museums, with 25 internationally renowned objects.

Until 5 May at the Bowes Museum, County Durham.

Idea for Haiku Adventure and woodblock print, Small Island Games. Photo William Morris Gallery

Haiku adventure: the craft of games

Design studio Small Island Games took inspiration from the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Edo-era Japan when developing their video game, Haiku Adventure, as ‘ukiyo-e prints were a form of mass media in a similar way that video games are today,’ says Ceri Williams, who works with colleague James Morgan. An exhibition at the Willliam Morris Gallery presents examples of woodblock prints and stills from Haiku Adventure, drawing parallels between the two.

Until 15 September at Willliam Morris Gallery, London.

A Bottle a Day

Last year, Yorkshire ceramist Anna Whitehouse spent 100 consecutive days creating 100 different bottles, resulting in an assemblage of white clay vessels that are now on show at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds.

Until 20 April at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds.


Orains exhibits Textile Art and Wallworks, made by hand with Scottish wool and natural dyes, at the Art Space of Cass Art Glasgow. The new work is informed by a sense of place, a sense of owning key elements of the process, and a passion for provenance. 

Until 23 April at Art Space Cass Art, Glasgow.

Sculptures, Claudia Wieser. Photo Dave Morgan

'Shift', by Claudia Wieser

Claudia Wieser started her career with a blacksmithing apprenticeship – an experience that has shaped her approach to materials ever since. Shift, her exhibition at London’s Mithraeum Bloomberg Space comprises a series of artworks that together explore the past and present of the surrounding City of London – in particular, the Roman ruins found on site when the building was being constructed.

Until 13 July at London Mithraeum Bloomberg Space, London.

William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

The V&A’s jewellery gallery reopens after a refurbishment by Atelier A&D, with new additions by contemporary makers.

Reopening 11 April at V&A, London.   

Swinging London

London’s Chelsea Set will have their moment again at the Fashion and Textile Museum in a show of fashion, furniture, lighting, homewares and ceramics.

Until 2 June at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

There Was Much Interruption, Ingrid Pollard. Photo Ingrid Pollard

Michael O’Brien: In Nigeria

Farnham’s Crafts Study Centre has delved into the ceramics and textiles collection of potter O’Brien, exploring his fascination with works made in Africa.

Until 27 April at Farnham Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

The Lie of the Land

Milton Keynes’s new MK Gallery, designed by 6a Architects, in collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, opens with an exhibition about leisure.

Until 26 May at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.  

British Craft Trade Fair

Objects by more than 100 designer-makers in a myriad of materials will be showcased at Harrogate’s Yorkshire Event Centre.

7-9 April at the British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate.

Upper Drawing Room at Pitzhanger Manor. PHOTO ANGELO HORNAK

Ealing’s jewel revealed

Sir John Soane bought and renovated Pitzhanger Manor in London’s Ealing in the early 1800s as a country retreat for his family. The home has just reopened after a three-year restoration project, for which conservators relied on notes, plans, watercolours and photographs to give a sense of the building as it was in Soane’s time. It opens with a show by Anish Kapoor.

Until 18 August at Pitzhanger Manor, London. 

Under Your Feet

Ruthin Craft Centre presents the craft of contemporary rug making, with Margo Selby, Christopher Farr, Claire Gaudion, Ptolemy Mann and Angie Parker.

Until 14 July at Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin.

Nothing Comes From Nothing, Goshka Macuga. Photo Messums Wiltshire

Collaborative synergy

 The thread between art and textiles will be explored at Messums Wiltshire in Material: Textile, featuring prints, tapestries and embroideries spanning from 8th-century Peru to 21st-century Denmark.

Until 28 April at Messums Wiltshire, Wiltshire.

Making Memory

The Design Museum explores the meaning of a monument and the power of buildings to tell stories through the work of architect David Adjaye.

Until 5 May at the Design Museum, London.

Craft & Graft

The unsung heroes of medical science get their recognition at the Francis Crick Institute, which is paying homage to those who make and maintain the equipment needed for research and experiments.

Until 21 December at the Francis Crick Institute, London.

To see more grab a copy of Crafts magazine's March/April issue - out now.