Support the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

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Registered Charity no. 296568

2017: Support us - shop at Co-op!

The Guild's FREEHAND Charity organises craft projects in schoods, colleges and wider community. It also holds popular family drop-in workshops and gallery activities such as Spoon Puppet-making and Hey Clay! The activities are free, run by professional craftspeople and give everyone the chance to get in touch with their inner maker.   

South Brent kids activity craft education at Devon GuildThe Co-op stores in Bovey have chosen us as a 'local Community Fund' charity - so they can help us run more regular activities for all ages and keep these workshops going, free of charge and available for everyone.

All you need to do ... is shop!
Every time Co-op members shop (at Riverside, Bovey Straits, and Trago stores) - and show their card, 1% of what they spend goes into the fund and is split between 3 local charities

Or choose us online - and we'll get more than 1/3
You can also specify your 1% shopping spend portion goes to Devon Guild directly by signing into your Co-op membership and choosing the Devon Guild of Craftsmen as the charity you wish to support. Choose us here:

Now is a better time than ever to do so, as this year all donations and sponsorship for our charitable activity will be matched £ for £ by Arts Council England!

Co-op members have already earned over £4 million for over 4000 local causes:

mage: pupils at local school craft session with Naomi Vincent



'60 Days' Fundraising Campaign

In 2015 we campaigned to raise crucial funds to sustain our popular education programme as part of our 60th celebrations. This includes core education, outreach (workshops) and exhibition programmes.

In 2015 our '60 days' campaign raised: £5250




East Devon Young Carers, DGC screenprinting workshop

You can donate by:

  • Cash at the shop counter or in our charity box
  • Direct Debit ask for a form at the shop counter OR download a Donation Form

  • Bank card at the shop counter
  • Cheque made out to The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
  • Donate with just a few clicks, online:

    Donate now

Image: (top) free Big Draw event at Devon Guild 2015; (below): East Devon Young Carers, screen printing workshop run by Devon Guild 2014

How can your donations help?

Our craft education charity: Freehand

Freehand is the educational charity we run which helps us to place artists in schools. The makers will usually run one, or a series of workshops where children learn about a particular craft and more generally, the process of designing and making. Workshops encourage imagination and ideas in eveyone and can help people experience the life-changing power of creating through making. Your support helps us continue providing these enriching learning experiences for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Our building: Raise the Roof

The Guild urgently needs funds to repair the old roof of Riverside Mill as further deterioration will damage our public facilities and threaten access to the craft centre and gallery. We are running regular charity events to aid the appeal. Becoming a Friend of the Guild is a way of contributing to our charitable aims. Read more about our Friendship scheme here. To find out more, please: e-mail us - or phone for a chat.

Call: 01626 832223.            

Some more information about donating:

Kids White Rock primary papier mache school workshop-Devon Guild

By making a donation to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen (Reg. Charity no. 296568) you can help us continue our educational activities in schools, and the local community.

As well as being able to reach - and teach more children, the money you donate also serves to sustain our exhibition programme. which tours to national venues. Continuation of the Devon Guild means we continue to support makers based in the South West and maintain our centre in Bovey Tracey.

Sculpture clay workshop in school-Devon-GuildTo make a donation either click the online link above, or please fill in a Donation Form and return it to us.

You can make your donation by debit/credit card in our shop or over the phone. Cheques need to be made payable to Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

Please contact us on 01626 832223 or
Gift Aid your Donation:
If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation will be increased by 25p on every £1.00 given, under the Gift Aid Scheme, at no extra cost to you!

Please tick the box in the Donation Form to join the Gift Aid scheme.


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Riverside Mill-Devon Guild-old postcard

Plant sale charity at Devon Guild

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