Class room school clay sculpture projectRun craft workshops in your school or college with our FreeHand scheme

Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s Freehand scheme promotes hands-on visual arts and craft workshops run by experienced, professional artists and makers in schools, colleges or with community groups.

We can help run 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.

Our education prgramme Freehand, has funding available to help with your craft project NOW!

Please contact 01626 832223 if you would like to know more or to discuss a project idea.

More information about Devon Guild's education charity...

Bring your school or college group to Devon 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

Is your school doing ArtsMark or ArtsAward?

Arts Award work in gallery

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen is proud to be and ArtsMark partner - supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our ArtsMark offer ...

Our organisation offers a venue, and resources for children and young people to work towards their Arts Award.

For more information about how we can support your Arts Award scheme CLICK HERE...

ArtsAward enquiries: 

All other education enquiries:  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

learning otside the classroom quality badge

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



Students - building a craft career

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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