Crafts Study Centre

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The Crafts Study Centre, established in 1970, has an international standing as a unique archive and collection of 20th century British crafts. The Tanner Gallery features work from the Centre's remarkable permanent collection while the Contemporary Exhibitions Gallery shows the work of today's most innovative craft practitioners. Digital images and essays about the collections can be found at http://vads.ac.uk/collections/CSC.html.

Venue Type:

Archive

Opening hours

The Crafts Study Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and on Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Admission charges

Free admission

Getting there

By rail London Waterloo to Farnham (via Woking). 15-minute level walk from station.

By bus Stagecoach Bus no. 64 between Guildford and Winchester stops in Farnham Town Centre (The Borough). From The Borough, go west, turn right into The Hart.

By road Drop-off and street parking in front of the Centre; pay & display car parks.

Additional info

The Crafts Study Centre is home to an internationally-recognised collection of modern British craft. We hold inspiring free exhibitions of modern and contemporary craft year round in our two galleries. Our research library is available by appointment.

The Crafts Study Centre's collection embraces ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and wood, accompanied by reference books including makers’ diaries, documents, photographs and craftspeoples’ working notes. The collection includes work by influential figures such as Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper in ceramics; Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher in woven and printed textiles; and calligraphy by Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington; and furniture by Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley. Much of the collection and archive has been built up from donations and bequests. For example, Bernard Leach gave the Centre nearly one hundred of his pots, together with pieces he had collected in Japan, Korea and China (which influenced his work). He also bequeathed all his papers to the collection (including diaries that documented his time in Japan).

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ceramics by Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper Woven and printed textiles by Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher
  • Calligraphy by Edward Johnston and Irene Wellington
  • Furniture by Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Academic Choice

  • 30 June — 12 December 2015 *on now

The collections of the Crafts Study Centre cover a diverse range of materials from ceramics, furniture, textiles to lettering and calligraphy. They are supported by very significant archives, from craft studios as well as craft organisations. The Director of the Museum of Arts & Design, New York Dr Glenn Adamson has called the Centre 'Britain's memory bank for craft' with the word bank suggesting 'a vault containing untold riches'.

The vault has been opened for this exhibition by an individualistic group of Academic staff from the University for the Creative Arts. Some have specialist knowledge of modern and contemporary craft, and some are experts in other fields of practice such as contemporary photography and fine art. They have selected a compelling and idiosyncratic body of work for the exhibition, drawing across the whole range of the collections, but observing them and writing about them with critical insight and sometimes personal accounts. It is a means of looking at the collections in an entirely new way.

Website

http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=18627

Pen to Printer: the influence of Edward Johnston

  • 28 July — 26 September 2015 *on now

This exhibition brings together the Crafts Study Centre and the Edward Johnston Foundation in exploring how Johnston's researches into the tools, materials and methods of the ancient scribes has led to a new understanding of letterforms.

The influence of his work and teaching has spread through all branches of calligraphy, letter cutting and the printed word. This will be examined in the context of these two major public collections and their respective approaches to collecting the material that right up to the present day, owes a debt to the work of this extraordinary pioneer.

Website

http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=18627

Some English Slipwares

  • 6 October — 12 December 2015

The exhibition reflects on the development of slipware in English studio ceramics. It takes as a starting point works by Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew drawn from the Crafts Study Centre's collections and counterpoints these pieces with work of the present day. This juxtaposition enables us to consider slipware both as a means of decorating domestic tablewares and as a means of individual artistic expression.

Ceramic artists today have re-interpreted the use of slip, and whilst they have referred back to historic examples (particularly late 17th century examples by Thomas Toft) their approach is often highly individual.

The exhibition shows work that operates within the normal convention of slipware decoration, showing how the genre has developed incrementally, and it presents work that is more sculptural, painterly or political in its intensions. The exhibition also includes some experimental work indicating how some
ceramic artists dallied with slipware before moving on to other methods.

The exhibition includes work by Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Henry Hammond, Joanna Wason, Emilie Taylor, Phillip Leach, Frannie Leach, Clive Bowen, Dylan Bowen, Mary Wondrausch, Alison Britton and Simon Carroll.

Website

http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=18627

Getting there

By rail London Waterloo to Farnham (via Woking). 15-minute level walk from station.

By bus Stagecoach Bus no. 64 between Guildford and Winchester stops in Farnham Town Centre (The Borough). From The Borough, go west, turn right into The Hart.

By road Drop-off and street parking in front of the Centre; pay & display car parks.

Crafts Study Centre
University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 7DS
England

Website

www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk

E-mail

craftscentre@ucreative.ac.uk

Telephone

01252 891450

Group visits / Research visits

01252 891452

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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