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Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s Freehand scheme promotes hands-on visual arts  and craft workshops run by experienced, professional artists and makers in schools and other communities.

We can help with arts and craft projects in schools by finding skilled workshop leaders to work with all age groups in a variety of materials and disciplines including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, willow, paper, recycled materials, natural materials and mosaic. 

Projects can be tailored to tie in with key stage curriculum learning outcomes or to produce an artwork to enhance the school interior or outside space. More about Freehand - our craft education charity...

Our craft charity, Freehand has funding available to help with craft projects.

Help support Freehand: Donate/Sponsor

Please contact  if you would like to know more or to discuss a project idea.

Learning here at the Guild        

Child at Guild Gallery handling box

Teachers and learning groups are welcome to visit the exhibitions and craft-related events, year-round at the Devon Guild. They cover the full spectrum of contemporary craftmaking from the traditional to cutting edge - so there is always something new to learn! Everything you find here will help you enjoy and understand more about contemporary craft.

Our exhibitions have associated supporting notes, education panels, resource lists and reference books to help interpret the work in the gallery and there are do-it-yourself activities which relate to the craft on show, the techniques and stories behind its making. All staff are knowledgable and can tell you about what is on display and we can give short introduction tours about Guild history, local craft heritage and the exhibition themes.

We are delighted to have visits from schools, colleges and community groups to our gallery. Please let us know in advance about your group visit - we can offer a short introductory tour and discuss any specialist needs. If there are over ten please ensure the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. 

Tutors can download resources in advance from our Resources page... 
There is a creative making area in the gallery, a cafe upstairs, adjacent and  disabled parking and a large green park just opposite our gallery. 

Please contact us in advance to book a group visit: 01626 832223

Arts Award

Arts Award work in gallery

Our organisation offers children and young people the chance to work towards their Arts Award. They can do the following:

  • attend a workshop, an artist's talk or demo
  • review/record exhibitions, performances or festival events
  • use our knowledge about craftmakers and cultural opportunities
  • find a basis for skill-sharing and project-leadership

Our venue provides a rich resource -- through the gallery and people working here -- also through access to creative networks, knowledge of local practitioners, wider knowledge of the creative industries and craft heritage, as well as expertise about careers in contemporary applied arts and design.

We can work with tutors and group leaders to offer inspiration, ideas and guidance into the key areas of art, craft and design covered by 

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Arts Award. A range of  Educational Resources based on Devon Guild exhibition themes can be viewed or downloaded to get you thinking! Attending talks or workshops can be great for young people to find out about an area of craft that appeals to them or even get interested in creative career pathways.

For more information about how we can support your Arts Award scheme, get in touch:    OR: 01626 832223

Woodworking workshop yarner woodsLearning Outside the Classroom

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Badge - of quality assurance given to organisations who work in partnership with schools, youth and community groups.

The Devon Guild provides an environment of Learning and Safety and is a trusted centre for education providers to use in curriculum teaching. Here we can give children the opportunity of a wider educational experience which directly benefits their educational attainment. 
So if you can get a group out of the classroom they are sure to have a memorable and positive experience!
School group building willow sculpture-Devon Guild
If you would like more information about a group visit to our venue contact our Education Officer, Phil de Burlet on: 01626 832223  or

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Or if you would like to discuss an idea for a FREEHAND project, also contact Phil on:



Craft careers

We aim to enhance courses of study at local schools and colleges through presentations, gallery talks and events focussing on aspects of their design and contemporary craft courses. We have offered mentoring to students, foster research links with universities via our critical networks. For UP courses go to: or find a general course list here.

Student printmaker
We support Plymouth College of Art also Plymouth University and when possible Somerset College of Arts and Technology by annually offering an outstanding student a showcase for their work in our shop. This  Visual Arts Prize is awarded for quality of making, design innovation, use of material and saleability. The winners all get to display and sell their work in a special graduate showcase in our craft shop. 
PLymouth University students' degree show

University Graduates and New Makers

Get Fresh is a biennial exhibition, devoted to new makers from the South West. We seek to encourage graduates from the South West’s art colleges and universities. 2017 will be our seventh 'Get Fresh' exhibition. More...

Students at Devon Guild gallery