Ruthin Craft Centre

Ruthin Craft Centre
2 Well Street
LL15 1AH




01824 704774

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The Arts Council of Wales Lottery funded transformation of Ruthin Craft Centre is now complete.

This amazing re-development designed by Sergison Bates architects is located on the existing site in its own landscape and is a dynamic zinc and cast stone building with undulating roofs to echo the surrounding Clwydian hills.

With three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery, education and residency workshops, tourist information gateway and café with courtyard terrace.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Mon–Sat 10:00–17:00

Closed: Sundays

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Pamela Rawnsley

  • 7 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

Landscape has been a constant obsession in Pamela Rawnsley’s life and in her work. Exploration was key to her progress
through material manipulation, print and drawing she pushed boundaries.

Pamela’s work is internationally respected and is in many private and public collections including National Museum Wales, The Goldsmiths’ Company, V&A Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, National Museum Ulster. As the Arts Council of Wales noted, ‘A leading silversmith and artist, passing in her prime … robbed Wales of one of its finest makers of recent times.’ The new work, begun during her Creative Wales Ambassador Australian residency, is exceptional.

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Southern Lines and Northern Lights

  • 7 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

Southern Lines and Northern Lights presents work by a selection of talented designers.

Meticulous prototypes exemplify refined craftsmanship, production pieces echo the marks of the maker, one-off creations celebrate conviction of focus. The exhibition explores bright ideas and the insightful understanding of materials needed to illuminate them. Southern Lines and Northern Lights considers the significance of materials to different design practices and the integrity of performance of materials in reproduction.

It explores design in production and the notion of reproducing by hand.

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Simon Carroll

  • 7 February — 12 April 2015 *on now

Simon Carroll, an artist of extraordinary vigour and energy, was a maker of paintings, prints and beach drawings, but it is as a potter that he was most prolific, and it is for his uncompromising expressionist ceramics that he is most celebrated.

Simon Carroll’s death in 2009 cut short the life of a singular artist of extraordinary abilities. An artist who found in clay an intensely personal form of expression. An artist whose work, while ostensiby following an established tradition, was entirely his own.

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Fritz Maierhofer: Retrospective of jewellery and objects direct from Vienna

  • 18 April — 5 July 2015

Fritz Maierhofer is one of the leading Austrian jewellery and object artists and this show includes jewellery and sculptures from the 1960s until the present day.

With his avant-garde understanding of jewellery, he creates unique objects from acrylic, glass, steel, pewter, aluminium, and the synthetic material Corian. The artist, who revealed a penchant for sculpture at an early age, was influenced by England’s revolutionary pop culture in the 1960s and 1970s.

Maierhofer’s first works from this period are captivating due to their unusual combination of the materials acrylic and metal. Brooches and rings from his early career lie on square plinths and frames held by steel wires. These three-dimensional works are continued in the works of subsequent decades, during which the artist realized sculptures for squares, gardens, and parks. In his recent sculptural works, he initially creates rectangular models from folded paper, which he then transfers to colorful metal surfaces, thereby generating three-dimensional effects.

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Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Printing Master-Class Workshop: Ages 11-14

  • 8 April 2015 11am-3pm

Inspired by the geometric patterns within Sian Elin’s interiors work in the Southern Lines and Northern Lights exhibition, you’ll have the opportunity to design and print your own unique pattern designs during this hand’s on workshop.

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£8.50 please book in advance