At the Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW
Open Monday to Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 8pm
An exciting exhibition of contemporary designer-makers from The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. With daily demonstrations including bookbinding and calligraphy.
(This exhibition coincides with the The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.)
“Like the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen has a history going back to the first half of the twentieth century. It’s the oldest craft guild in the country, founded in 1933, and has always had a close link with Cheltenham. One of the Guild’s main architects, the curator Daniel Herdman, was responsible for establishing the Arts and Crafts collection of world importance that you can see today at the Wilson Museum.
Now a co-operative of over 60 practising makers, the Gloucestershire Guild is dedicated to promoting contemporary designer crafts of a very high standard, both functional and decorative. It includes many disciplines, such as furniture, metalwork, textiles, basket-making, ceramics, and jewellery, and we have a permanent gallery and retail outlet in Clarence Street, The Guild at 51.
Our work is also about the life-enhancing qualities of creativity and we are keen to inspire you! During the Literature Festival, our selling show at the Gardens Gallery will also give you the opportunity to talk to individual makers, watch them at work and ask questions, and find out how you could get involved in contemporary crafts yourself. There will be demonstrations every day, including calligraphy and bookbinding offering insights into the technical skill of some of our makers.“
Ursula Jeakins, Chair of The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen