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The new Crafts Council Gallery

A new space for craft 

The Crafts Council Gallery will be a space for anyone with an interest in craft – or a curiosity to know more.

In the light of the current situation regarding Covid-19, or Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the opening of the Crafts Council Gallery until further notice.

These are worrying times for us all, but we firmly believe that craft, and its values and benefits are more important now than ever. Read our full statement here and please connect to us on our social meida channels for updates, news for makers, how-to tutorials and suggested reading and viewing.

The Crafts Council gallery, our #homeforcraft, will have a dedicated exhibition space with free world-class exhibitions, and a study area housing over 7,000 specialist publications and objects from our national Collections. It will also provide a chance to sit, work, reflect and meet people.

We see craft as anything from clay pinch pots made by five-year olds to extraordinary objects by makers with years of experience. Anyone can craft, and our upcoming programme of activity reflects this. With an exciting array of events, talks and workshops led by leading makers, experts and innovators, visitors can explore the breadth of what ‘craft’ means today.

Craft skills are used in film, fashion and design. They are used in pioneering science and in social settings to improve wellbeing. Craft helps society, increases happiness and brings together communities, which we think makes it very special. At the Crafts Council Gallery, we will share the stories behind the craft, who makes and why, and give you a chance to have a go yourself.

The first exhibition in the Gallery will be Maker’s Eye which we look forward to welcoming you to once we have opened the Gallery.

Maker's Eye looks at the Crafts Council Collections 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.

Other events that will take place over 2020 include our series of Maker Breakfasts from makers leading the charge on craft innovation; bi-monthly Crafts magazine issue launches, where makers, writers and experts bring the stories from the pages to life; and opportunities to get your mitts on our Handling Collection. 

We can’t wait to welcome you to our #homeforcraft.