Making a craft community

The Devon Guild is involved with community-led projects and activities which promote crafts beyond the gallery.

ArtsAward support:

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 Arts Award. Our wide range of Online Resources 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.

23 & 24 May 2017: OPEN DOOR Arts Award offer - HORTUS exhibition talk
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For more information about how we can support your Arts Award scheme, get in touch: /  01626 832223

Mosaic making arts wave

Recent community projects:

artswavedevon - Free art, craft & dance workshops, 2013-15

Working with Devon County Council, local arts and education organisations: Daisi, Dance in Devon, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Wolf & Water collaborated to bring a range of accessible arts opportunities to local people.

This 3 year project worked with communities to design activities and programmes which engaged, supported and inspired participation in Devon’s rich wealth of arts opportunities.
ArtsWaveDevon pop up tent doing crft
Its mission is to enhance wellbeing through creating opportunities to explore, create and play.
Watch out for the artswavedevon orange pop-up tent at events and find the positive impact of a little spur-of-the-moment creativity.
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View the project and events on

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Images: Mosaic making project with the Guiness Trust led by artist Michelle McQuinn 2014; The artswave Devon pop up tent - kids craft workshop


dartmoor prison freehand workshopFreehand community craft workshops, March 2014 - April 2015

Freehand is a community craft education project which resulted in an exhibition of mixed media craft and design, made by individuals who would not normally be represented in a public gallery. It was shown here at the Guild in May-July 2015.

The work was made in a series of workshops including printmaking, metalwork, ceramics, photography, text-based work, sculpture, textiles and installations based on the theme of freedom.
Dartmoor inmates printmaking
The groups taking part in the craft workshops were from HMP Dartmoor, Devon care homes, and include children and young people  from both mainstream and special schools, young carers in East Devon and refugees who use the Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support facility in Plymouth as well as other community groups.

Read more about the 2015 Freehand exhibition at Devon Guild....

We chose to work with diverse groups of both marginalised and mainstream participants, as a key aim of the project to illustrate the immeasurable value of making – thus acquiring a working knowledge of materials and the ability to engage with creativity, either as a solitary or a social activity, regardless of age, ability or circumstance.

Home Ground project logoHome Ground - touring exhibition & project based on clubs, craft & communities, 2015 - 16


The project Home Ground is a three year audience development project and touring exhibition. It takes the ethos of the Devon Guild, its commitment to craft knowledge and practice - direct to national league football clubs across the UK. The selected clubs have teams whose nicknames relfect a heritage originating from the traditional craft industries of their locality.

‘Home Ground’ will tour to six locations acting as a catalyst for a participation programme with communities in and around each football club. Working with a contemporary artist using each locally distinct craft and inspired by local heritage, participants will create an authentic “souvenir” in partnership with Industry and cultural partners and organisations. Find out more about the final exhibition at Devon GUIld 2016 Souvenirs From Home.

Home Ground tour dates:

Sheffield  10th April – 11th June 2015
Macclesfield 19th June – 5th Sept 2015
Stoke 14th Sept – 25th Nov 2015
Walsall 4th Dec 15 – 29th Jan 2016
Luton 5th Feb – 31st March 2016
Crystal Palace 8th April – 31st May 2016

The 'souvenirs', created together with pieces commissioned from the artists with whom they have worked will form a celebratory touring exhibition ‘

Souvenirs from Home’, which will launch in Devon in Autumn 2016 and then tour back to the six locations to tell the story and celebrate the unique characteristics of each place through its clubs, craft and communities. More info ...


Find out more:   Press information...

Follow Homeground... @HomeGroundCraft     HomeGround on Facebook

Images: cogs of Michael participants in Sheffield Blades cub project - metalworking

Bovey Tracey Flag Project - 2015

This Community project was led by Bridget Arnold, artist-educator and Devon Guild member. Bridget has worked with local businesses and organisations to create large scale colourful flags to enhance the Town. In 2014 they were up for the Carnival and the new Nourish Festival. Funded by Bovey Tracey Town Council as a regeneration project for the Town.

There are now 38 Flags which went up in May 2015 for the May Celebrations in the Town and will be up for the Contemporary Craft Festival, Carnival week and Nourish Festival in September. The Flags are designed and sewn by participants from the businesses and Organisations like the Heritage Centre, Several Churches and The Primary School with help from volunteers from the community led by Bridget. It is a great opportunity for these people to get together and network whilst learning new skills in sewing, which some of them had never experienced before!

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Michael Honnor craft sounds, printmaking machine cogs
RADIO craftpersons TOOLBOX

Summer 2014

Yuli Somme studio

This is a partner project between Devon Guild and Soundart Community Radio (Totnes) whereby a group of of local craft makers allowed the sounds of their studios and making to be recorded as a collection of unique 'craft sounds' for digital sampling and radio production and also as day-long ambient broadcast (Soundart radio 102.5 fm & online) to radio listeners over a 24 hour period on the 3 August.

The 'Radio Craftperson's Toolbox' - the downloadable audio collection is to be published online this summer under a creative commons licence. 

Read Press Release  Find more information about the project, on the Community Media Asociation's website - funding programme 'MODULATE14' page. 

Michael Honnor, printmaker  /   Hilary Burns, basketmaker   /   Taja, potter /    Yuli Somme, feltmaker    /   Chris Taylor, ceramics

Images: cogs of Michael Honnor's prinmaking machine at his local studio; Yuli Somme, felting in her Devon workshop


Freehand - outreach & education

Our craft education outreach programme is called Freehand and funds professional makers to work with schools, colleges and community groups in the South West. We run hands-on workshops teaching clay, textiles, print, withy-work, recycled art -- and much more.

To find out how we can help fund a craft project for you contact:  01626 832223

Big Hand Little Hand Education Charity

Help support Freehand: - Donate/Sponsor

Watch, learn & enjoy craft in Bovey Tracey!

We offer:
  • Free craft demonstrations   
  • Annual craft festival 
  • Christmas craft fair 
  • Talks & workshops

And we are on hand to help you and your community with:
- Sourcing artists and craftspeople
- Crafts research
- Public art projects
- Organising craft demonstrations
- Sourcing funding for projects
- Residencies
- Workshops
- Venues for events and talks
Find out more - contact our Education Officer:  /  01626 832223  or  

Watch Learn and Enjoy Craft at Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Kids making a collaborative drawing
Annual Bovey Tracey craft festival