Learning resources

You'll find lots of information about the craftwork that's shown in our exhibitions and sold in our shop by local makers, here on our website and when you visit.

We provide interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for exhibition guides and notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline. There's also hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.

Learning groups can also use our gallery for ARTSMARK and ARTS AWARD projects!

General learning enquiries: phil.deburlet@crafts.org.uk
ArtsAward enquiries: education@crafts.org.uk 

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MAKE IT REAL - visit our gallery

WHAT'S ON? 'Plate Up!' exhibition

15 September - 4 November 2018

Download: Plate Up background notes
Find out: about the event ...

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Explore our new exhibition which is co-curated by Michelin star chef Michael Wignall. Michael is known for his creative approach to dining - in projects that include Café Football with Manchester United footballer Gary Neville, and for his appearances on MasterChef.

Michael likes to use handmade tableware such as platters, bowls, trays and cutlery in the serving and display of his own beautifully styled food. Plate Up brings out this chef's creative personality and the influences behind his cookery. He has chosen a selection of UK based craftmakers who make objects for the presentation and consumption of food. Their work appears here in the gallery and you will see a mixture of pots, vessels, plates, cutlery, serving trays and dishes, a table and chairs - a beautifully hand made collection of essentials, especially for fine dining.

Open daily, 10am-5.30pm. Free.

SUBJECT AREAS: Art & Design; Design & Technology; Art, Design & Media, Cookery - Hospitality and Catering (A, Dip. Foundation).
Fine Art; Creative Arts, Visual Communications; Art History & Visual Culture; Glass Ceramics Metalwork Jewellery; Culinary Arts; Tourism (BA) Contemporary Crafts, Art & Design (BA, MA).

You can book an introductory gallery tour of the exhibition or come for a self-led session with your students/group.

Things to think about when visiting the exhibition:

  • Why are objects for dining usually made from materials such as ceramic, metal or wood? Can you think of other more unusual materials you could use for eating from, or with?
  • Pick 2 or 3 different countires and cultures which have very different ways in general, of cooking and eating - why would this be, and why is it so diverse? Can you think of something that is very popular or common to many (the majority) of world cultures?
  • How do you think the price of a restaurant meal when you eat out, is measured (its value?) Why would it be different from a street food stall - and in an exclusive London or New York restaurant
  • Why would our diet and recipies have been very different 200 years ago?
  • If you were a chef with your own restaurant, what would it look like (name?) and what would your top dish on the menu feature?
  • What does 'artisan' mean? Could you apply it to food and cookery as well as the objects in this gallery - and why?

DIY: Our DIY making area in the gallery offers a hands-on activity where you can create your own imaginary meal - for real, and display it on a plate you've specially decorated, along with a menu card where you can describe your crazy feast and its ingredients!

Exhibition: Peter Lane - A Retrospective (ceramics, Riverside gallery) til 28 Oct.
A Way In: creative workshop day, 30 September
Craft demo: Jamie Inglis - jewellery making, 20 Oct.
Fearsome Feasts: free family making days, 25-26 Oct.

Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF
01626 832223


Kids in the galleryArranging a group visit

We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and 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 this page.

There is a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.

To arrange a group/school visit please contact:

Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer):
01626 832223  

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POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators

The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being.

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The AccessHE Creative HE Apply Guide offers information and support for learners interested in applying to creative HE courses who are otherwise discouraged from pursuing their passions for the Creative Arts.

Powerful Partnerships (2018) is a website resource - collection of case studies, tools and research to help creative organisations achieve powerful outcomes for young people through partnership working, view here: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/powerful-partnerships-resource-library?mc_cid=38cfe41162&mc_eid=5d130310b4

New evidence Briefing: The Arts, Health and Wellbeing 9 May 2018: cultural learning alliance


Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week from the 14-20 May, CLA launched a new Briefing written in partnership with the children’s mental health charity a Place2Be.  Including a foreword from a Place2Be's President and Founder Dame Benita Refson, the briefing sets out why the arts make us happier and healthier and are key to supporting children’s good mental health. BRIEFING: 'Participating in the arts makes children happier and healthi'er

2017's Report 'Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing' was the previous published document on the same theme, produced after two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists, arts administrators, academics, local government, ministers, policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. 

Archived exhibition notes

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PDF education notes dopwnload Summer Show 2018 Guide

PDF education notes dopwnloadA Year On Dartmoor - Exhibition Guide (May-July 18)

PDF education notes dopwnload Made to Commission (Mar-May '18)

PDF education notes dopwnload Jerwood Makers Open (Jan-Mar 18)

PDF education notes dopwnloadDead on Arrival (Sept-Nov 17)
contemproary taxidermy craft

PDF education notes dopwnloadThe Summer Show 
(July-Sept 17)

PDF education notes dopwnload Off the Surface - contemporary embroidery
 (May-July 17)

PDF education notes dopwnloadPour Me '17 - the jug form (Mar-May)

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh '17 - contemporary craft by new designer-makers (Jan-Mar)

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs from Home 

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs 
Info. Pt. 1 & 2

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Pine Feroda-collaborative making
of large wood cut prints.
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Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media

 LAR. Print

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Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives

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Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking

PDF education notes dopwnloadFreehand (May-Jul 15)
Craft made in workshops

PDF education notes dopwnloadRe-making the Past (Mar-May 15)
Craft and archaeology

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh'15 exhibitor info.

PDF education notes dopwnloadHome Ground (Oct 14)
Craft, locality, environment

PDF education notes dopwnloadMaterials Matter (June 14)
Raw material & craft

TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids

PDF education notes dopwnloadBeyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks

PDF education notes dopwnloadNarrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources

PDF education notes dopwnloadIntolace (Oct. 2013)
Lace-making exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadMake a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadTEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh, 2013
'Emerging makers'

PDF education notes dopwnloadCraft & Design courses
 SW college/uni list

PDF education notes dopwnload  Facts: Christmas
  Craft traditions

PDF education notes dopwnload  Rivers & Streams-Jem Southam

PDF education notes dopwnload  Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
  Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood

PDF education notes dopwnload  Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
  Olympic facts

PDF education notes dopwnload  Flag facts 2012
  History & design

PDF education notes dopwnload  Engaging the Senses 
  What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?

  Blue-exhibition           PDF education notes dopwnload
  Indigo in ceramic & textiles

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  Ceramics: willow pattern

PDF education notes dopwnload  Voices, Jan-Feb 2012
  Textile facts: quilting

PDF education notes dopwnload  Signs for Sounds, Oct 2011
  Letterforming & calligraphy

PDF education notes dopwnload  Up-close, Mar-Apr 2011
  Printmaking facts

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  Printmaking: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload  John Makepeace Furniture 2010
  Bio: a life in design

  PDF education notes dopwnloadTrees, wood
  & woodworking

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  Design: a glossary

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  Furniture: a history