Crafts Council

Crafts Council
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The Crafts Council's goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.It publishes CRAFTS, its own magazine, six times a year, as well as organising Collect at the Saatchi Gallery and extensive touring exhibition programmes.

Our goal

To make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft
Our aims

To build a strong economy and infrastructure for contemporary craft
To increase and diversify the audience for contemporary craft
To champion high quality contemporary craft practice nationally and internationally
Our values

We believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK’s social, economic and cultural life.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about craft.
We believe that the strength of craft lies in its use of traditional and contemporary techniques, ideas and materials to make extraordinary new work.
We believe that the future of craft lies in nurturing talent; children and young people must be able to learn about craft at school and have access to excellent teaching throughout their education.

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All public areas of the Council are accessible by wheelchair.

The Crafts Council Collection began in 1972, a year after the Crafts Council (then the Crafts Advisory Committee) was established. The first objects acquired for the Collection date from the time of the British Potters' Exhibition, when pieces by such potters as Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie were purchased. The Crafts Council continues to acquire work annually and currently has over 1300 objects spanning all the main media including: ceramics, glass, metal, jewellery, furniture, textiles, wood, baskets, automata, calligraphy, lettering and bookbinding. The Crafts Council accepts the definition of craft in its widest sense, from its interface with cutting edge design on the one hand, to its crossover with fine art on the other. Governed by an Acquisition Policy, work is acquired by artists living in England, Wales and Scotland. the work of many internationally acclaimed figures. We aim to maintain a balance between purchasing work from young makers and those already well established. Work is rarely purchased retrospectively, although a leeway of five years does exist. Collection is not constituted as a survey of the crafts overall, but reflects a wide and lively spectrum of activity in contemporary Craft.

The Collection is a lending collection supporting exhibitions and displays through long and short term loans to UK venues.

Collection details

Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

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.
Film still from 'The Craft of Festival' by BENJAMIN WACHENJE part of Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2017

  • 2 — 4 May 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week with a typically eclectic programme from 2-4 May.

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, and in partnership with Picturehouse Central, this year’s festival again highlights the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

When and Where:

2, 3, 4 May 2017
6.30pm - 8.30pm

Picturehouse Central
Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue

After an open call – which attracted almost 300 entries from around the world – the final programme has been edited down to 44 films running accross 3 days, and includes documentaries, animation, and profiles of makers such as

Ceramic artist Kate Malone
Metalsmith Simone ten Hompel
Letterpress artist Martin Clark

Film makers selected for the second year running include Nick David and Jack Flynn, Dominic Wilcox, Lorna Hamilton Brown, Juriaan Booij, and Sam Meech

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Picturehouse Central
Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue

Getting there

Closest underground station: Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square and Covent Garden Underground stations are both less than 10 minutes walk away

Services and facilities

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Disabled Access

Advance booking is always a good idea so that our staff can readily provide assistance if required. Accompanying carers are eligible for a free ticket.

For customers with limited mobility:
All areas of the building are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a lift on the ground floor that takes you to the first floor. From the first floor there is another lift to take you to the second, third and fourth floors for access to the screens and Members’ Bar.

All screens are accessible by wheelchair and have wheelchair spaces. We will be pleased to reserve wheelchair spaces or seats in any particular part of the auditorium if this is helpful. Please contact us in advance.

There are wheelchair-accessible adapted toilets on each floor. There is an alarm cord inside should you need to summon a member of staff.

For customers with visual impairments:
Guide dogs are welcome. If you wish to take your dog into a performance, please let us know when booking so that we can arrange an aisle seat. Our staff will be happy to provide drinking water for your dog.

Certain performances carry subtitles, and these are clearly indicated in the programme.


£13 Adults / £10 Students / £10 Retired


Crafts Council
44A Pentonville Road
Greater London
N1 9BY


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