About the Devon Guild - FAQs

What is the Devon Guild of Craftsmen?

Devon Guild of Craftsmen is a visitor attraction in Devon with a large craft shopexhibition galleries and cafe.

Devon Guild is also a Membership organisation supporting South West makers and we run a education programme too. Our charitable work aims to create as many opportunities as possible for people to enjoy and learn about contemporary crafts.
Whether you visit our exhibitions at Riverside Mill or one of our shows touring the country, or experience an education project with Freehand - we are dedicated to one mission: inspiring creative excellence through contemporary craft.
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Information about visiting

For opening times, ACCESS and parking information, our location (Map) and How to Find Us, click HERE ...

Craft exhibitions and events

Chloe the mosaic sheep at Devon GuildWe have regularly changing craft exhibitions (see programme here), plus a lively programme of related events such as talks and workshops for adults and children - all focused on creative making and different crafts - from pottery and print to glassblowing or blacksmithing. Our main aim is to bring the newest, most exciting craft and design  to the South West and to give you - our visitors, an inspiring experience. Our centre is here to promote the best craft in the area, nationally and internationally - and as an attraction, provide a fantastic visitor experience! Find out about our Shop, Exhibitions, Cafe

Our visitors? We had over 129,000 visitors in 2018 to the Guild gallery, shop and cafe (including all the exhibitions and events). A good portion of these observed craft demonstrations, met artists and makers and took part in a making activity at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. See visitors' reviews on Tripadvisor....

Our charity - craft education

Kids learning craft at Devon Guild
Our main aim is to promote activities that encourage interaction with craft to help design and making skills and to increase confidence and well-being. We set up activities through our education project, Freehand which funds makers and artists to go in the community, schools or colleges where they run hands-on workshops in various crafts. In 2018, we enabled 1,100 youmg people to learn about crafts through our our Freehand residencies residencies including work with learning disabled adults and older people.

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Our Membership

John Pollex Guild MemberThe Devon Guild currently has over 260 selected Members who exhibit and sell at our premises in Devon and are given advice, support, networking and professional development opportunities. Applications can be made by all craftspeople based in the South West region (Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath). Selections take place throughout the year. Find out more about becoming a Member...

The Guild mission ...

helen Snell, papercut with laser technologyWe aim to set the standard for contemporary craft.  That means, researching, locating and showing people the most innovative and exciting craft work around. we like to present new ideas and combinations of design and materials. With a focus on 'contemporary' you may find traditional deas about what 'art' or 'craft' is, challenged - for example a ceramic item may be hand-thrown or formed with a 3-D printer or textiles could be hand-painted or made using laser-cutting or digital print methods. 

How we are funded 

The organisation maintains its facilities and services through kind support from Arts Council England.. It is also sustained by membership subscriptions, sales of work, cafĂ© income, commissions, charitable donations and project grants. We also have a Patrons and Friends Scheme for regular supporters. People can also be 'Friends' for a small yearly sum and have discounts, special events and other benefits.  Make a donation...

We are a Registered charity, no. 296568

riverside Mill in Bovey, an old photographOur story 

A 'Guild' is traditionally a community of tradespeople offering mutual support and networking. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen was founded in 1955 by local furniture-maker Edward Baly and a group of artisans who wanted to share skills and support eachother in their craftmaking. They set up an annual summer exhibition which was held at various locations until Riverside Mill became the HQ.

From an original membership of just 18 the Devon Guild has grown to its current membership of around 260 makers from South West England.

About the mill

Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracy, home of Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Our building in Bovey Tracey is a Grade II listed,19th century mill built in 1854 as outbuildings and stables to Bridge House (now the Co-op opposite) then home of John Divett, owner of Bovey pottery. The big wheel pumped water from the River Bovey to the top of the tower then through pipes to the main house and horses. Guild Members bought and settled at the restored Mill in 1986. In 2004 renovation work here included a larger gallery with sedum roof and outdoor cafe terrace with rooftop views.

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Our team:

Executive Director (acting): Laura Wasley

Finance Officer: Lindsay Boteler

Craft Enterprise Manager: Lisa Cutler

Office Administrator: Hannah Mills-Brown

Retail Administrators: Sharyn Baker & Rachel Philpott

Membership Manager: Alison Penwell

Exhibitions Officer: Sharyn Baker

Exhibitions / Member Events Officer: Flora Pearson

Education Manager: Phil de Burlet

Terrace Cafe, Head Chef: Mark Symons

President of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen:
Peter Randall-Page

Contact us here.

Call us on 01626 832223

Our Trustees:

Louis Victory (Interim Chair)

Andy Christian

Alison Cooper

Jude Freeman

Felicity King

Richard Martin

Trevor Parkinson

Penny Simpson

Luke Shepherd

If you wish to contact our Trustees please use the following email address: trustees@crafts.org.uk