Making a craft community:

The Devon Guild is regularly involved with community-led projects and activities which promote crafts beyond the gallery.

2019: A Good Age 'Change in my Time'

This is a project about creativity and age. Recent research carried out by Age UK  shows that an essential part of remaining active and positive in old age is to lead a life that encompasses social and creative activity.

Using five Devon libraries as the locations, Devon Guild of Craftsmen (DGoC) and Libraries Unlimited are running a series of artist-led workshops for older people. The workshops are taking place in Crediton, Tiverton, Cullompton, Honiton and Exeter Libraries and are running for three ‘terms’ which allows for development and progress with the work being made. At the end of the series of workshops, the artwork produced will be exhibited in the respective libraries where it was made. Work made in the libraries includes, paper, ceramics, photography, willow, and mixed media.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Libraries Unlimited has commissioned five, UK based, professional older artists (born before 1948) to make new contemporary craft work responding to a theme of age and change within the artist’s lifetime. The commissioned pieces will be shown alongside the work made in the library workshops, in a celebratory exhibition A Good Age at Devon Guild of Craftsmen in autumn 2019.

Tools of the trade
Time flies
Willow bundles

Images: Above, Paper birds – Exeter workshop. Left, Willow – Cullompton workshops.

Our commissioned artists and the workshop participants are working with the same overall theme which is ‘Change in my Time’.

Our five commissioned artists are; Dave King,  Elizabeth Turrell, Hugh Ribbans, Ian Gregory and Keith Gretton.

Our five library workshop leaders are; Elizabeth Jardine, Stefan Jennings, Charlotte Turner, Kate Green and Mandy Biscoe.

The library exhibitions will take place in June and July 2019.
The final exhibition of the commissioned artists work and the group works will take 21 September – 3 November 2019 in the Jubilee gallery, Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

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2018: PROCESSIONS - One hundred years of women’s suffrage

PROCESSIONS will invite women and girls across the UK to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st Century.

Devon Guild of Craftsmen is one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country in the lead-up to the event, as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops to create 100 centenary banners which will form part of this vast artwork.

The banner-making workshops will focus on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign and will be spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future. The banners made will represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.

Veronica Gould will be running a series of textile workshops in Moretonhampstead to make the banner.

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Headway-18-Banner-making2018 Headway Devon craft project

Headway is a charity whose mission is to ensure that when a person’s life is turned upside down by brain injury, they get the help and support they need and deserve. Headway Devon are the SouthWest specialists who have been providing services for over 20 years, helping people to come to terms with what has happened and to overcome their disabilities, as well as providing support and advice to their families and carers alongside training and information

Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Headway Devon have recently completed a project with a lead artist Charlotte Turner - who, with assistance from other workshop leaders, has run a series of  workshops for Headway users.

The exhibition 'A Creative Viewpoint' celebrates this pilot project. and runs at Devon Guild's Riverside Gallery during March 2018.



Previous community projects:

artswavedevon - Free art, craft & dance workshops, 2015

Working with Devon County Council, local arts and education organisations: Daisi, Dance in Devon, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Wolf & Water collaborated to bring a range of accessible arts opportunities to local people.

This 3 year project worked with communities to design activities and programmes which engaged, supported and inspired participation in Devon’s rich wealth of arts opportunities.
ArtsWaveDevon pop up tent doing crft
Its mission is to enhance wellbeing through creating opportunities to explore, create and play.
Watch out for the artswavedevon orange pop-up tent at events and find the positive impact of a little spur-of-the-moment creativity.
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Images: Mosaic making project with the Guiness Trust led by artist Michelle McQuinn 2014; The artswave Devon pop up tent - kids craft workshop

Home Ground project logoHome Ground - craft & football clubs touring project, 2015 - 16


The project Home Ground is a three year audience development project and touring exhibition. It takes the ethos of the Devon Guild, its commitment to craft knowledge and practice - direct to national league football clubs across the UK. The selected clubs have teams whose nicknames relfect a heritage originating from the traditional craft industries of their locality.

‘Home Ground’ will tour to six locations acting as a catalyst for a participation programme with communities in and around each football club. Working with a contemporary artist using each locally distinct craft and inspired by local heritage, participants will create an authentic “souvenir” in partnership with Industry and cultural partners and organisations. Find out more about the final exhibition at Devon GUIld 2016 Souvenirs From Home.

Home Ground tour dates:

Sheffield  10th April – 11th June 2015
Macclesfield 19th June – 5th Sept 2015
Stoke 14th Sept – 25th Nov 2015
Walsall 4th Dec 15 – 29th Jan 2016
Luton 5th Feb – 31st March 2016
Crystal Palace 8th April – 31st May 2016

The 'souvenirs', created together with pieces commissioned from the artists with whom they have worked will form a celebratory touring exhibition ‘

Souvenirs from Home’, which will launch in Devon in Autumn 2016 and then tour back to the six locations to tell the story and celebrate the unique characteristics of each place through its clubs, craft and communities. More info ...


Find out more:   Press information...

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Images: cogs of Michael participants in Sheffield Blades cub project - metalworking

Soundart Radio project: 'craft sounds', 2014   

Doundrt radio TotnesA partner project between Devon Guild and Soundart Community Radio (Totnes) whereby a group of of local craft makers allowed the sounds of their studios and making to be recorded as a collection of unique 'craft sounds' for digital sampling and radio production and also as day-long ambient broadcast (Soundart radio 102.5 fm & online) to radio listeners over a 24 hour period on the 3 August.

The 'Radio Craftperson's Toolbox' - the downloadable audio collection is to be published online this summer under a creative commons licence.   Read Press Release  

CRAFTMAKERS:  Michael Honnor, printmaker  /   Hilary Burns, basketmaker   /   Taja, potter /    Yuli Somme, feltmaker    /   Chris Taylor, ceramics



Freehand - outreach & education

Our craft education scheme at Devon Guild, is called Freehand and funds professional makers to work with schools, colleges and community groups in the South West. We run hands-on workshops teaching clay, textiles, print, withy-work, recycled art -- and much more.

To find out how we can help fund a craft project for you contact:  01626 832223

Big Hand Little Hand Education Charity

Help support Freehand: - Donate/Sponsor

Watch, learn & enjoy craft in Bovey Tracey!

We offer:
  • Free craft demonstrations   
  • Annual craft festival 
  • Christmas craft fair 
  • Talks & workshops

And we are on hand to help you and your community with:
- Sourcing artists and craftspeople
- Crafts research
- Public art projects
- Organising craft demonstrations
- Sourcing funding for projects
- Residencies
- Workshops
- Venues for events and talks
Find out more - contact our Education Officer:  /  01626 832223  or