Learning resources

learning in our gallery

You'll find plenty of learning resources about craft here on our website and when you visit.

There's lots to help you find out about  how the craft in our shop and exhibitions is made. Information is available in the gallery and here on the website. You will find interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for archived PDF resource notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline..

We provide hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.
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What's on?

Exhibition: Jerwood Makers Open



20 January - 11 March 2018

DOWNLOAD:  JERWOOD MAKERS -  exhibitor information


WHAT'S IT ABOUT?  IN 2017, five artists were chosen from 271 applications to the Jerwood Foundation: a charity supporting the creative endeavours of early career makers. The 5 winners had submitted exciting ideas of work they wanted to develop, applying ambitious methods and  unusual or radical materials they wouldn't usually have the means to use. They each got a grant allowing them to make their ambitions become reality. The finished sculptures and installations are now all on display in a national touring show: Jerwood Makers Open. Now it is here in Devon!


WHAT YOU'LL FIND - exhibits which are made from chainsawed wood, pieces of recycled glass, shelves of glazed porcelain busts, resin, steel and flowers


WHO? view exhibitors' websites:

Sam Bakewell, Juli Bolaños-DurmanJessica Harrison, Marcin Rusak, Laura Youngson Coll 


  • Martin Rusack's sculpture uses persihable goods such as flowers. Why is he using this type of substance and how does it relate to the title of the work? Find out and name 2 more organic materials he uses in his forms.   
  • These artists often transform found (already made) materials. What does Juli Bormas Durman use in 'Musings' and how it it transformed?
  • Which artist studied a very traitional craft beofre she made her current work-what was it?
  • What  is 'vellum' made from and what was it historically used for?
  • Which work refers to social media? if you could make a sculpture based on your experience of social media what would it look like?

Key areas of learning: Art & design, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics, Textiles, 3-D Design

DIY: There is a DIY making area in the gallery: create a Multi-Sculpture - self-led creative activities based on the exhibition. You can build your own minii sculpture based on lightness, in our MakerSpace. Fill in the Maker Manual label to enter the Competition. Terms and Conditions... 

WHAT ELSE IS ON?  'Tannery' - Paul Gliddon's Black and White Photography 5 January – 4 March, 2018

Members Showcase: Yuli Somme - hand-felted textiles   More about....

EVENTS: Jerwood Emerging Maker event - Get selected advisory session, £3. Fri 19 Jan, 4pm
Tannery & Jerwood launch event: Friday 19 January 6 - 8pm
Meet the Maker event: 21 January 2-4pm. Live chat & visuals on photography with Paul Glendell. Free
Leather Workshop with Green Shoes:  15 February. 10am– 4pm. FREE drop-in.
A Way In – exploring creative practice. 10am-4pm. £50    More about ....

Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF.  01626 832223

Images:  Jerwood exhibitors by their works -  Juli Bolajos Durman
& Laura Youngson Coll ©pictures by Hydar Dewachi

Kids in the galleryArranging a group visit

We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and 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 this page.

There is a creative making area in the gallery, a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.

To arrange a group/school visit please contact:

Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer):
01626 832223  

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POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators

The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being.

Aesop-PHE-Arts-in-health-evaluation-framework studyGreat art and culture for everyone_ACEFuture in the Making-Crafts CouncilArt and Design Education Guide-ACE

July 2017 - Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbing is a published report after two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists, arts administrators, academics, local government, ministers, policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. 


Archived exhibition notes

PDF education notes dopwnloadDead on Arrival - (Sept-Nov 17)
contemproary taxidermy craft

PDF education notes dopwnloadThe Summer Show 
(July-Sept 17)

PDF education notes dopwnload Off the Surface - contemporary embroidery
 (May-July 17)

PDF education notes dopwnloadPour Me '17 - the jug form (Mar-May)

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh '17 - contemporary craft by new designer-makers (Jan-Mar)

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs from Home 

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs 
Info. Pt. 1 & 2

PDF education notes dopwnload
Pine Feroda-collaborative making
of large wood cut prints. LAR-Print
PDF education notes dopwnload

Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media

 LAR. Print

PDF education notes dopwnload

Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives

PDF education notes download
Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking

PDF education notes dopwnloadFreehand (May-Jul 15)
Craft made in workshops

PDF education notes dopwnloadRe-making the Past (Mar-May 15)
Craft and archaeology

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh'15 exhibitor info.

PDF education notes dopwnloadHome Ground (Oct 14)
Craft, locality, environment

PDF education notes dopwnloadMaterials Matter (June 14)
Raw material & craft

TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids

PDF education notes dopwnloadBeyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks

PDF education notes dopwnloadNarrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources

PDF education notes dopwnloadIntolace (Oct. 2013)
Lace-making exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadMake a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadTEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh, 2013
'Emerging makers'

PDF education notes dopwnloadCraft & Design courses
 SW college/uni list

PDF education notes dopwnload  Facts: Christmas
  Craft traditions

PDF education notes dopwnload  Rivers & Streams-Jem Southam

PDF education notes dopwnload  Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
  Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood

PDF education notes dopwnload  Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
  Olympic facts

PDF education notes dopwnload  Flag facts 2012
  History & design

PDF education notes dopwnload  Engaging the Senses 
  What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?

  Blue-exhibition           PDF education notes dopwnload
  Indigo in ceramic & textiles

PDF education notes dopwnload 
  Ceramics: willow pattern

PDF education notes dopwnload  Voices, Jan-Feb 2012
  Textile facts: quilting

PDF education notes dopwnload  Signs for Sounds, Oct 2011
  Letterforming & calligraphy

PDF education notes dopwnload  Up-close, Mar-Apr 2011
  Printmaking facts

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  Printmaking: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload  John Makepeace Furniture 2010
  Bio: a life in design

  PDF education notes dopwnloadTrees, wood
  & woodworking

PDF education notes dopwnload
  Design: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload
  Furniture: a history

PDF education notes dopwnload  Tall Stories, Mar-Apr 2010
  Automata/kinetic craft

PDF education notes dopwnload  Paper Works, Jan-Feb 2010
  Art of making with paper

PDF education notes dopwnload  In Tandem, Sept-Oct 2009
  Sculpture/furniture collaboration