Bilston Craft Gallery

Bilston Craft Gallery
Mount Pleasant
Bilston
Wolverhampton
WV14 7LU
England

Website

www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/bilston

Events

www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/extended-events-view/

E-mail

bilstoncraftgallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Telephone

01902 552507

Fax

01902 552504

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Situated minutes from Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham, Bilston Craft Gallery is the largest dedicated contemporary craft venue in the metropolitan West Midlands.

Our permanent exhibition, Craftsense, allows visitors to explore three hundred years of craft history together with works from some leading figures of the contemporary craft scene. The exhibition has a variety of interactives including audio sound-bites, handling materials and an IT kiosk to explore.

The gallery also hosts nationally renowned touring shows and a vibrant and innovative programme of events for all the family.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday and Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 1pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

Closed Sun, Mon & Bank holidays

Admission charges

FREE

Getting there

Bilston Craft Gallery is located 3 miles outside of Wolverhampton and 5 minutes walk from Bilston town centre.

We have disabled and limited parking spaces at the front of the building. There is free parking within 200 yards.

Bilston Central tram stop is 5 minutes walk from the gallery and trams run between Wolverhampton St Georges and Birmingham Snow Hill every 8 minutes. Journey time from Wolverhampton is approximately 10 minutes and 30 minutes from Birmingham Snow Hill.

Buses 79 Wolverhampton to West Bromwich and 39 Wolverhampton to Walsall both go from Wolverhampton Bus Station and stop on the Wellington Road in Bilston close to the Craft Gallery.

Additional info

The gallery is fully accessible and equipped with toddler and disabled toilets.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Bilston Craft Gallery is also home to 'Craftplay', an award winning sensory gallery and activity space specially designed for pre-school children.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Spirit of Cloth

  • 10 January — 7 February 2015 *on now

Eclectica is a group of six Midlands textile artists who work independently to produce original textile art; sharing ideas, techniques and inspiration regularly.

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/spirit-cloth/

Acts of Making

Acts of Making

  • 14 — 28 February 2015

This exciting two week festival challenges definitions of craft, how it is produced and what the legacy of craft objects can be. Acts of Making is an opportunity to experience and be part of performances, processions, live installations and collaborative making. Acts of Making will be taking place within the Craft Gallery and various locations in and around Bilston, and is in partnership with the Crafts
Council.

Artist Catherine Bertola will be creating a carpet of dust with patterns and motifs inspired by Bilston in the Craft Gallery alongside Clare Twomey’s performance piece Is it Madness. Is it Beauty. The artists include Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana and Richard Wheater.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/acts-making-festival/

Bilston's Happy Housing

Bilston's Happy Housing: Otto Neurath's Vision for Post-War Modern Living

  • 7 March — 2 May 2015

In the mid-1940s eminent Viennese sociologist and urban planner Otto Neurath
set out an ambitious plan for creating happiness in Bilston. His vision was to create modern homes based on state-of-the-art social housing of 1920s Red Vienna. The end result was Stowlawn Estate. This exhibition presents Neurath’s ideas, examples of his famous Isotypes (forerunners of today’s infographics), and memories of people who have lived on Stowlawn Estate over the past 60 years. There will also be furniture, textiles, ceramics and domestic items reflecting the ‘new look’ style of the mid-century era.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/bilstons-happy-housing-otto-neurath-vision-post-war-modern-living/

The Race by Bethan Ash

The Liberated Quilt: New Work from Through our Hands

  • 16 May — 11 July 2015

The Liberated Quilt provides a showcase for 23 international artists working mainly with stitched textile techniques, including quilt-making and embroidery. Their work challenges and expands the boundaries of textiles, showing how innovative ideas can evolve from a traditional art form.

Strong narratives, bold visions, and raw emotional response are key features of the work on show. Curated by Through Our Hands, this exhibition offers the opportunity to experience work by textile artists considered to be amongst the best in the world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/liberated-quilt-new-work-hands/

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.

Make a Clay Pot

  • 17 February 2015 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm

Get to grips with clay! Be inspired by our Acts of Making exhibition and have a go at throwing a pot on a potter’s wheel or making a hand-built vase.

Admission

£3 per child

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/

Creative Charms

  • 19 February 2015 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm

Get crafty and make your own unique charms for a bracelet from shrink plastic. Draw your design then watch them turn into little charms!

Admission

£3 per child

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/

FIMO Jewellery with Shelanu

  • 7 March 2015 11am-3pm

Master the art of modelling FIMO clay to create contemporary jewellery – a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Celebrate International Women’s Day with Shelanu, a collective of refugee and migrant women developing their own social enterprise.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£16

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/201503071100/4un

Where Bilston Meets Vienna

  • 18 March 2015 6-8pm

Housing experts from Austria and the UK come together to discuss the influence of Viennese émigrés on the development of the Stowlawn estate in Bilston.

Tour of the Bilston’s Happy Housing exhibition 6–6.30pm followed by panel discussion.

1950s-Inspired Print Workshop

  • 28 March 2015 11am-3pm

Learn screen-printing techniques and create stylish napkins or a tea towel inspired by the 1950s ‘New Look’. Grab ideas from authentic mid-century modern designs in the Bilston’s Happy Housing exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£27

Spring Fun Day

  • 1 April 2015 2-5pm

Join us for an April Fools afternoon of fun and high-jinx! Families can get creative with crafts, learn magic tricks, be enthralled by intriguing stories, meet amazing animals and more.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Make a Felted Easter Egg

  • 7 April 2015 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm

Join textile artist Kirsty Smith to make fuzzy Easter eggs decorated with your own designs. Or use your imagination and make a fluffy flying chick-creature!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/

Craftplay Holiday Sessions

  • 9 April 2015 10:30am-12pm, 1:30-3pm

Create, explore and play with unusual materials in our inspiring space. Meet other families and get lots of easy, Low cost ideas to try out at home.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2

Make a Surprise Spring Posey

  • 9 April 2015 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm

Make a beautiful bunch of spring flowers, for yourself or a gift. You could add a creepy crawly for an unexpected surprise!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/

Expressive Threads

  • 23 May 2015 11am-3pm

Learn a range of decorative hand-stitch and machine stitch techniques. From needle-felting, to machine embroidery, this workshop will open up a whole new palette of skills to add texture, pattern and expression to your textile work.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£27

Playful Patchwork

  • 27 May 2015 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm

Make a cool patchwork bag or a textile picture for your wall. Cut up and piece together your own designs or use ideas from our quilts exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/

Funky Felt Wristband

  • 28 May 2015 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm

Make and decorate a felt wristband using textiles, paint and other materials. Be inspired by comics, cartoons and superheroes.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child

Website

https://v1.bookwhen.com/hx49t/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Child playing in CraftPlay

CraftPlay

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/visit/bilston/

Craftplay is our award winning, creative play project for 0-7 year olds and their carers. It has a specially designed activity space with craft handling pieces and a wealth of materials for sensory and creative exploration.
Hands on fun at Craftplay

How to obtain

Booking is advised as there are limited places. Please contact Bilston Craft Gallery on 01902 552507 or email bilstoncraftgallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk to secure your place.

Helping in the garden

Garden Club

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/visit/bilston/

Garden Club is an ongoing opportunity for volunteers to help develop the garden to the rear of Bilston Craft Gallery and Library. Participants will also get the chance to take part in free art and craft workshops. All sessions are free, and open to all ages and abilities.

How to obtain

Please contact the gallery for more information on Garden Club - bilstoncraftgallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

English Hedgerow plate by Andrew Tanner and Unanico © Richard Battye

Made in the Middle

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MitM-teachers-pack.pdf

Free, downloadable education pack for use both at the gallery or in the classroom.

Made in the Middle introduces a wealth of talented makers from across the Midlands in the seventh in the series of this touring exhibition by Craftspace. Key themes are how craftspeople are embracing digital technologies in their practice and the varied pathways by which people have come to a career in making.

Creator

  • Bilston Craft Gallery

How to obtain

Follow the link to the downloadable PDF file for Made in the Middle teachers pack.

WAVE website

Online Collections

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/collections/

Website with searchable database providing information about items from the collections held by Wolverhampton museums, galleries and archives.

Getting there

Bilston Craft Gallery is located 3 miles outside of Wolverhampton and 5 minutes walk from Bilston town centre.

We have disabled and limited parking spaces at the front of the building. There is free parking within 200 yards.

Bilston Central tram stop is 5 minutes walk from the gallery and trams run between Wolverhampton St Georges and Birmingham Snow Hill every 8 minutes. Journey time from Wolverhampton is approximately 10 minutes and 30 minutes from Birmingham Snow Hill.

Buses 79 Wolverhampton to West Bromwich and 39 Wolverhampton to Walsall both go from Wolverhampton Bus Station and stop on the Wellington Road in Bilston close to the Craft Gallery.

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