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You'll find plenty of learning resources about craft here on our website and when you visit.

There's lots to help you find out about  how the craft in our shop and exhibitions is made. Information is available in the gallery and here on the website. You will find interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for archived PDF resource notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline.
We provide hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.

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GetFresh17-Stacey-West-necklacesGET FRESH '17

17 September - 6 November 2017


DOWNLOAD learning resources & reference notes:

.PDF - Get Fresh '17 exhibition information   
.PDF - Get Fresh '17 exhibition information_LARGE-PRINT    
.PDF - Get Fresh '17 exhibitors' bio leaflet
READ ALL ABOUT IT! Press ReleaseGet FRESH '17

WHY?  Every 2 years our gallery at the Devon Guild gives over its space to exhibit fresh craft work by new designer-makers from the South West area of England. It is all part of the Guild’s aim as an organisation to encourage craft making as an activity and to support new makers, such as recent graduate students, someone beginning a career (a 'small 

fern Robinson

start up' business) or having a complete occupation change - they might be learning new skills and setting up and independent studio without going down the college route.

There is an initial 'call out' for people to submit their work, and if someone's idesigns are selected, the show acts as a major exhibition opportunity: it's a chance to sell new design pieces, and to get hep with all the practicalities involved with entering the real world marketplace!

Look at the wesbites of people in this exhibition:

WHO? Luke Axworthy, Jo Barker, Mark Cullen, Sarah Duncan, Carey Ellis, Emma Finch, Tom Gyr, Sarah Hitchens, Carol Hunt, Claire Read (Little Burrow Designs), Marieke Ringel, Fern 

Carol Hunt-oxidised frame rings-Devon Guild-Get Fresh17

Robinson, Katie Robinson, Heather Scott and Stacey West.


One exhibitor (interiors) has used BAKED BEAN cans in her designs? (Who?)
Some of the designs here are made out of WAX CRAYONS? (Which?)
There are pieces in the gallery where you can see SPACE through a hole, a CITY in a CIRCLE and a STORY in a BOX! (Go and find them - draw or photograph your favourite one - make a note of who made them)

Watch a short video from Plymouth student, Fern Robinson:



Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF. 01626 832223


Primary/secondary: Design and technology (ICT) Art and Design; Media Arts; Creative & Media.
BTEC Art & Design; Media.
A/AS Design & Technology – Product Design; 3-D Design, Textiles; Design & Textiles; Media Studies; Applied Art & Design; Art & Design - Graphic Design, Graphic Communication; Art; Craft and Design; Photography, 3-D design; Communication & Culture; History of Art; Media Communication & Production.
Foundation/Further (degree): Art; Fine Art; Art & Design; Creative Arts; Visual Arts; Interior Design; Interior Design Decoration; 3-D Design; Contemporary Craft; Design & Technology; Technology; Design & Craft; Applied Arts; Contemporary Design; Contemporary Crafts; Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing, Illustration and Print, Woodworking and Furniture Design

Prospectuses for (SW) regional 'A levels, further and higher education courses in art, craft, design and related subjects are available to take away from the gallery.
DIY MAKING - One-STOP Design SHOP: We have an activity area in the gallery where you can create your own piece of contemporary jewellery or 'wearable sculpture' - using the materials provided (clay, textiles, wire, paper, card) You can display your piece on the 'shop' shelves' and tag your item with a label and price!

WHAT ELSE IS ON?  'Spotlight' - exhibition of new work by Associate Guild Members - until 26 Feb.

Kids in the galleryArranging a group visit

We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and delighted to have visits from schools, colleges and community groups to our gallery. Please let us know in advance about your group visit - we can offer a short introductory tour and discuss any specialist needs. If there are over ten please ensure the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. Tutors can download resources in advance from this page.

There is a creative making area in the gallery, a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.

To arrange a group/school visit please contact:

Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer): 01626 832223  

POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators

The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being.

Aesop-PHE-Arts-in-health-evaluation-framework studyGreat art and culture for everyone_ACEFuture in the Making-Crafts CouncilArt and Design Education Guide-ACE

Archived exhibition notes

PDF education notes dopwnloadSouvenirs from Home (Sept-Nov 16)PDF education notes dopwnload      
Info. Pt. 1 & 2

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Pine Feroda-collaborative making
of large wood cut prints. LAR-Print
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Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media

 LAR. Print

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Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives

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Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking

PDF education notes dopwnloadFreehand (May-Jul 15)
Craft made in workshops

PDF education notes dopwnloadRe-making the Past (Mar-May 15)
Craft and archaeology

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh'15 exhibitor info.

PDF education notes dopwnloadHome Ground (Oct 14)
Craft, locality, environment

PDF education notes dopwnloadMaterials Matter (June 14)
Raw material & craft

TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids

PDF education notes dopwnloadBeyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks

PDF education notes dopwnloadNarrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources

PDF education notes dopwnloadIntolace (Oct. 2013)
Lace-making exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadMake a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition

PDF education notes dopwnloadTEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners

PDF education notes dopwnloadGet Fresh, 2013
'Emerging makers'

PDF education notes dopwnloadCraft & Design courses
 SW college/uni list

PDF education notes dopwnload  Facts: Christmas
  Craft traditions

PDF education notes dopwnload  Rivers & Streams-Jem Southam

PDF education notes dopwnload  Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
  Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood

PDF education notes dopwnload  Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
  Olympic facts

PDF education notes dopwnload  Flag facts 2012
  History & design

PDF education notes dopwnload  Engaging the Senses 
  What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?

  Blue-exhibition           PDF education notes dopwnload
  Indigo in ceramic & textiles

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  Ceramics: willow pattern

PDF education notes dopwnload  Voices, Jan-Feb 2012
  Textile facts: quilting

PDF education notes dopwnload  Signs for Sounds, Oct 2011
  Letterforming & calligraphy

PDF education notes dopwnload  Up-close, Mar-Apr 2011
  Printmaking facts

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  Printmaking: a glossary

PDF education notes dopwnload  John Makepeace Furniture 2010
  Bio: a life in design

  PDF education notes dopwnloadTrees, wood
  & woodworking

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  Design: a glossary

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  Furniture: a history

PDF education notes dopwnload  Tall Stories, Mar-Apr 2010
  Automata/kinetic craft

PDF education notes dopwnload  Paper Works, Jan-Feb 2010
  Art of making with paper

PDF education notes dopwnload  In Tandem, Sept-Oct 2009
  Sculpture/furniture collaboration