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The Crafts Council Gallery will open in March 2020

We are transforming the entire ground floor of our magnificent building in London into a home for craft.

The Crafts Council Gallery will be open to the public from Saturday 28 March.

A lively programme of events, talks, workshops, and free world-class exhibitions will explore craft and making. 

Visitors will be able to hear from leading makers, artists and designers, see objects from our national Collection and delve into our specialist archive of craft books and catalogues. 

The space will also be a centre of exchange between makers and artists both in the UK and internationally.

The first exhibition in the Gallery will be the Maker’s Eye which will open to the public from 28 March – 20 June.

Maker's Eye looks at the Crafts Council Collection through the eyes of 13 makers who have contributed to the shaping of modern British craft. Their very personal selections amount to 150 objects ranging from the functional to the  conceptual, with dizzying array of scale, texture, material and colour.

They include a including a delicate canary yellow bowl by Lucie Rie, a knitted ‘pussy hat’ worn on the first Women’s March, one of the first chairs made using recycled plastics by Jane Atfield, and an industrial toilet mould by Stoke-on-Trent manufacturers Armitage Shanks.

Help us with our last bit!

We want you to help us raise the final £50,000 for our gallery.

We have already had tremendous support for this project from many funders and individuals, but still have more to raise to complete the work.

In our home for craft, visitors will not only see objects from our collection up close. They will be able to read our specialist publications, discover new makers and see work from those they know already. 

For makers, it will be a new space to showcase work and meet the craft community. It will be a welcoming, relaxed place to explore and start a lifelong passion for craft. With a calendar of events, it will truly be a place for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by craft.

We are so close to making our new home for craft a reality. We have raised nearly three-quarters of a million pounds, over 90% of our target, but need your help to fill the gaps.

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