Supporting Members and craft makers

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen offers support, advice and mentoring for our Membership as well as networking and professional development for craftmakers and practicioners.  

For further information about professional development opportunities contact Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer)  /  01626 832223

Maker events - professional development

Event: A Way In - exploring creativity with Jess Davies

Sunday 30 September 2018. Jubilee gallery, 10.30am-4pm

Spend a day extending your creative edges. Workshop devised and facilitated by printmaker, artist and teacher Jess Davies.
£50 including lunch.Advance booking essential on 01626 832223

At: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

CPD events for Devon Guild Members:

Take part in Guild Member events - all about ACE’s new funding for artists, with Heather Holcroft-Pinn.
Taking place at various locations in the SW area:

Krowji, Redruth on 27 September 2 – 5pm.
Hamilton House, Bristol on 4 October, 1.30 – 4.30pm.
Devon Guild still TBC, but an evening, 6-9pm.

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Introducing Social [practice] - A new series of creative events at Exeter Phoenix

This summer Exeter Phoenix  are launching a brand new series of events called Social [practice]. These evening sessions will offer an alternative platform for artists and creatives to explore ideas around sharing and making in a collaborative process. Meet together and make together over a drink and try your hand at a series of practical projects all themed around ideas of growing, making and sharing food. There will be four sessions in total, and the series will be hosted by Exeter-based producer Martyn Windsor and potter Elizabeth Jardin.
Social [practice] begins in our summer season, where you are invited to take part in sketching and pottery sessions. Social [practice] continues in our autumn season with a recipe swapping and zine making session and will culminate in a special event focused around preparing and sharing a pot-luck meal.


Networking hubs for makers

Growing Creativity -  Coombe Farm Studios network

Coombe Farm Studios are developing a network of people in the local area who want to help grow creativity. Allowing for opportunities to write on the subject, to gain access to spaces and residential accommodation, to make and present new work and to encourage and engage in events such as informal supper clubs and showcase openings etc.
If you are interested in getting involved with ‘Growing Creativity’, join the Facebook group:

For more information about Coombe Farm Studios:

Cultivator - business support network

Cultivator is an innovative project providing an integrated programme of skills and business development support for Small to Medium Enterprises in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s Creative Industries. It is funded by the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, and it's delivery partners include Plymouth University, Cornwall College, Business West and Real Ideas Organisation. The project offers:
• Sector specific knowledge exchange & peer support programme
• Innovation Labs for Creative Industries businesses
• Bespoke support for creative graduate start-ups
• Bespoke Export Development programme
• Rolling programme of financial support through a business co-investment programme

Please click here to find out more information or ring the Cultivator office on 01209 312501.

Professional Development with the Crafts council

The Crafts Council is offering Makers a new bespoke programme of day-long or half-day learning opportunities throughout the country, run by the programme managers behind our acclaimed Hothouse and Injection CPD programmes. 

The courses, events, talks and workshops strike a balance between information-led and practical training, in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion and informal networking. Click here for more information.

For more information:

Visual Arts South West Mentoring Network

Visual Arts South West has created a mentoring network to support the development of artists' practice, professionalism and connectivity. If you are an artist living and working in the South West, this programme provides an opportunity to gain mentoring support from an experienced professional over the course of a year. Working with representatives from a wide range of visual arts organisations from across the region, successful applicants to the programme will receive tailored advisory support to develop your practice and presentation.

Who are the mentors?

Please click here for more information on the mentors

Professional development links

Creative Future - EMPOWERING ARTISTS guides on artists fees, copyright, CVs etc

Creative Skillset - help for creative professionals

Creative Skills - (Cornwall) Cultivator project providing support for Cornwall's creative industries

ENYAN - news, resources & tookits for network for those using the arts in their work with children and young people – the Youth Arts sector. Its role is to support, stimulate and advocate at national, regional, local and grass roots levels.

A-N - opportunities and news of UK art and culture exhibitions and practice.

Exeter Cultural Partnership - join to receive useful info and events about the local arts scene.

Arts Professional - training, oportunities and professional development for artists.

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network - (CVAN) with the goal to nurture contemporary visual artists and organisations in order to produce internationally regarded, critically engaged work that is valued by our society.

AXIS web - with opportunities and guidance, a platform and network supporting the development, sharing and showcasing of contemporary art practice.

KROWJI  - based in Cornwall(Redruth) this organisation offers facilities for a wide range of creative businesses. 
It’s home to key creative sector agencies such as Creative Skills, FEAST, Carn to Cove and the Cornwall 365 Project, all of which are part of umbrella organisation Creative Kernow. Krowji is constantly driving forward the exciting evolution of the Cornish arts and cultural sectors.

Voluntary Arts Network - opportunities, training, funding guidance, 

Real Ideas ORGANISATION - (RIO) Arts Council Bridge Organisation for the South West of England, working with schools, youth settings and cultural organisations to connect young people with great art and culture. Their comprehensive suite of support is offered at three levels - information and advice, training and CPD, and in depth consultancy - all subsidised by Arts Council England.

The Design Trust offers advice consultancy, training and free resources for creative businesses. For example how to apply to take part in Craft Fairs or festivals:

Maker oportunities Spring 2018

Opportunities to exhibit

For craft makers opportunites to show work at the Devon Guild and selected venues elsewhere please CLICK HERE to view our Exhibition Oppotunites webpage.

Studio spaces for makers

Fantastic Creative Space in stunning surroundings available Sunday -Thursdays 9.30-6pm

Ideal for facilitating creative workshops - music, crafts, arts. All ages and abilities welcome. Room has disabled access and toilets. Great light but also has block out blinds for privacy, presentations or film use . Chairs and tables available.

From £15 per hour but half and day rates are available , toilets close by sink in the room parking including disabled parking close by.

Cockington Court

Telephone: 01803 607 230


Job / vacancies for makers

Hidden Histories Curator: Final Exhibition

We are seeking an experienced, creative, and passionate Curator to oversee the design and delivery of a major exhibition celebrating the culmination of the Heritage Lottery Funded Hidden Histories project.

The exhibition will take place at the Burton Gallery and Museum in Bideford, during May and June 2019 across two gallery spaces, reflecting the scale and depth of over three years of exploration into the Beaford Archive collections, which include the iconic photographs of artist James Ravilious and some of the earliest work of Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins.

This is a freelance post across 12 months, allowing time and space for an innovative curator to fully respond to the diverse activity and media produced by this unique project; including formerly unseen photographs by the aforementioned artists, 80 newly recorded oral history interviews, film, new work produced through 6 artist residencies, responses from 6 primary schools, contributions from 20 workshops with north Devon's Memory Cafe network, digital content co-created with users of the project website, and multi media input from a large cohort of volunteers and project experts.

The successful candidate will have a flair for producing high quality arts and heritage experiences for the public, an eye for detail and design, and will be an excellent team player.

For the full job description and information on how to apply please follow the link to download an application pack.

Freelance fee: £12,500 for a 12 month contract.

For more information visit

Services for craft makers

Specialist fine art logistics company now open in Exeter

01392 311421 /

Further information can be found on the company website ( To speak to a member of the team, please call on 01392 311421