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

Crafts Council
44A Pentonville Road
Greater London
N1 9BY


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