The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist university museum open to the public as well as a research centre and home to internationally renowned collections of modern British craft.
The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist university museum open to the public as well as a research centre and home to internationally renowned collections of modern British craft. The Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers' diaries, working notes and photographs dating from the 1920's. We host inspiring exhibitions by leading artist-makers, lectures, symposiums and open days. We foster scholarship and writing about modern and contemporary craft and publish new books and monographs. The Centre's research library is available by appointment for those interested in learning more about our collections. Our shop offers a selection of ceramic, glass, jewellery, textiles and calligraphy from renowned and emerging artists and crafts people from the local area and further afield. Work on sale in our shop would appeal to both collectors or those seeking a unique affordable gift. We also carry a range of publications from both the Crafts Study Centre and other publishers, along side greetings cards and postcards. Purchases can be made in person at the Crafts Study Centre or by telephone.
The Crafts Study Centre was delighted to welcome The Master Wheelwright of The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, James Tucker and his wife to see Shoulder to the Wheel this afternoon
We have had some great responses to Shoulder to the Wheel, and thanks to all visitors who take the time and trouble to comment.
This drawing and comment was added to the visitor book yesterday by a UCA Animation student.
MOVING FORWARD: THE CRAFTS STUDY CENTRE AT 50
Celebrating 50 years, Alison Britton as the Chair of the Crafts Study Centre has written, the exhibition shows how 'craft moves forward through its uses of history, looking and comparing, in pursuit of a skilful contemporary relevance.'
Please come and have a look.
This exhibition is until 15th August 2020
Crafts Study Center open,
Apply to the @CraftsCouncilUK and Artisa Foundation Curatorial Fellowship and present your output at the Crafts Council's new gallery opening in Spring 2020! Deadline: 4 November > http://bit.ly/CraftCuratorFellow
We are the national development agency for the contemporary crafts in the UK.
Just arrived,beautiful new work by Ashley Howard, for sale in our shop. Come and have a look
Here's a cut-out-and-keep list of events happening here at the Crafts Study Centre throughout October (and beyond!) More information can be found on our website at https://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/programme and the town-wide programme can be found at https://www.farnham.gov.uk/things-to-do/town-council-events/craft-town-england/crafttown/october-craft-town
October Craft Month has arrived in Farnham! There are hundreds of events across all crafts disciplines to choose from including events here at the Crafts Study Centre. For more information, you can download a copy of the brochure or browse online from here: https://www.farnham.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/3987AB-October-Craft-Month-brochure-2019-web.pdf
A busy week installing our new exhibition 'Shoulder to the Wheel'. The exhibition has been curated by the internationally acclaimed writer and researcher Dr Glenn Adamson. Shoulder to the Wheel is presented in partnership with The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading.
The exhibition is now open and runs until 14th December 2019
Shoulder to the Wheel Exhibition
1:8 scale model of an Oxfordshire wagon
On loan from The Museum of English Rural Life
The Crafts Study Centre launched its Autum/Winter programme this week with a new exhibition curated by the internationally-acclaimed writer and researcher Dr Glenn Adamson. With great local interest, Shoulder to the Wheel takes as its starting point the classic 1923 book by the Farnham wheelwright George Sturt, The Wheelwright’s Shop. Adamson says that ‘the exhibition is a meditation on craft practices past and present’, noting that ‘Sturt’s book stands as one of the great literary achievements of craft writing. It is a model of a certain romantic attachment to bygone ways, saturated with human interest and concern’.
The foundational object in the exhibition is a single wagon wheel from the collections of The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading. Three makers who have been commissioned to make a wheel in response to it. Coming from very different technical, creative and imaginative backgrounds, Greg Rowland, a Master Wheelwright, Gareth Neal is a furniture designer-maker and Zoe Laughlin is co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Making at the University College, London. The new commissioned works mark our own distance from Sturt’s time, presenting the wheelwright’s trade in an expansive and comparative context.
The exhibition includes new studio photographs as well as associated wheelwright’s tools from the collections of MERL, and sections from Sturt’s handwritten manuscript of The Wheelwright’s Shop kindly loaned by the Museum of Farnham.
On Monday 16 September from 11am - 1pm, exhibition curator Dr Glenn Adamson will give an introductory lecture explaining the curatorial intentions and thinking behind Shoulder to the Wheel, leading into a conversation with the three makers commissioned to create the new wheels. This will be followed by a closing lecture from Dr Paddy Bullard from the Department of English at the University of Reading who will consider the literary achievement of George Sturt’s book The Wheelwright’s Shop. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Crafts Study Centre either in person or over the telephone.
Shoulder to the Wheel is presented in partnership with The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading.
Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS
01252 891450 www.csc.uca.ac.uk
Thank you Robert for helping us choose some beautiful ceramics for our gallery shop. We spent a really enjoyable morning with you at your studio in Selborne.
Mermaid brooch by Carol Mathers (1994) on loan from the CSC to Apexart New York in their exhibition 'Occupational Hazards' 30th May - 27th July. @apexart #OccupationalHazards
Due to unforeseen but essential maintenance works, the Crafts Study Centre will be closed on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2019.
We will reopen on Tuesday 25th June from 10am. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Don't forget to book your tickets for our Director's talk 'Crafting the Gallery' on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 1pm.
Call 01252 891450 to book a place or call into the Crafts Study Centre. More information can be found at www.csc.uca.ac.uk
Photograph - Janet Leach & Mary Redgrave the founders of New Craftsman
It was a very great privilege to be ‘In Conversation’ with UCA Chancellor Professor Magdalene Odundo at The Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 4 May. Her extraordinary exhibition ‘The Journey of Things’ presents the most comprehensive body of her ceramic work ever seen in the UK, along with the works from many museums and private collections that give them particular context. It is a ground breaking show, a ‘game-changer’ as Amanda Game said during the event, and the packed audience for this event was a testament to Odundo’s international reputation and the quiet authority of her practice. The exhibition transfers to The Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia in August 2019, and is not to be missed
Tim Johnson in Conversation with Greta Bertram, our artist talk this afternoon. Tim has been a practising artist and basket maker for over twenty years. Tim discussed his practice, inspiration and research with the Crafts Study Centre's curator Greta Bertram. Come and see Tim's wonderful exhibition 'Lines and Fragments'.
Photo Credit: Tim Johnson
Curve Series (No.3)
Artist & basketmaker Tim Johnson will open his new exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre tomorrow. Don't forget to book your ticket for his talk 'In Conversation with Greta Bertram' our curator. Tickets available by calling 01252 891450. Exhibition runs until 31st August 2019.
The Crafts Study Centre was really pleased to welcome a Chinese delegation today as part of the Crafting Futures programme with @BritishCouncil @British_Design
It was lovely to welcome UCA Journalism students, Tayo and Adam with their tutor Charles this morning. Tayo and Adam did some filming in the Michael OBrien exhibition for their course work.
Danlami covered bowl, part of the Michael OBrien exhibition. For sale in the Crafts Study Centre shop
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CSC welcomes Rosy Greenlees, CEO of the Crafts Council, visiting the Richard Slee exhibition
Photographs taken by Richard Slee last night at his very successful Artist Talk here in the gallery, surrounded by his work.
New exhibition open now,in association with Hales Gallery. Richard Slee:Framed on until 15th December. For this exhibition, Slee has brought together wall-mounted ‘frames’ - a collection of wall works exploiting both glazed clay combined with found materials. He describes these as ‘a study collection of pieces: pictures at an exhibition’
'Brought to Book', the exhibition draws work from across the range of the Crafts Study Centre's collections and investigates the ways that particular collections relate to a book of some description. The image shows a hand block printed length of cotton and the book 'Hand Block Printing and Resist Dyeing' both by Susan Bosence. This is such an interesting exhibition, come and have a look
Come and see the beautiful limited edition scarves by Kas Williams,we have for sale in our shop
Busy setting up the exciting new exhibition 'Brought to Book' in the Tanner Gallery. We are hoping to open the exhibition on Saturday at 10am (a little earlier than planned)
Angus Suttie Trustee, Jeffrey Weeks reviews the current exhibition 'Angus Suttie' at the Crafts Study Centre
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A selection of beautiful, functional and enchanting ceramics from Veronica Newman, Samantha Robertson (SJR Ceramics) Ashley Howard and Jenny Southam available from the Crafts Study Centre shop.
The Angus Suthie exhibition is open ahead of schedule. The allusive, energetic, hand-built ceramics were powerful contributors to the postmodern era of the 1980’s. Although his work sometimes has an ironic and even playful edge, he was deeply thoughtful about its humanist intentions, and the references are present not just for play, but for critical, sometimes political provocation. Suttie could use the conventional form of the teapot, transform it through innovative, complex and entirely unexpected shapes, and reflect on the themes of death or sexual expression. He said that he wanted to make pots ‘that shock us, console us, that are life-affirming or that haunt us’.
The exhibition is influenced by Suttie’s personal collection and significant archive. The selection, by collection trustee Jeffrey Weeks and curator Gregory Parsons, has been both profoundly personal and critically objective. The exhibition is presented in a partnership between the Ruthin Craft Centre (who originated the exhibition) and the Crafts Study Centre.
New jewellery for sale in our shop, by metalwork designer & maker Rosie Wesley. Rosie is a graduate from UCA Farnham and is currently working from her studio at The Sorting Office in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Come and have a look at her beautiful work.
It isn't too late to book a ticket for the Craft & Text Conference on 9th July. Pop in or call us on 01252 891450
A one day conference convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre. The theme of the conference is the resonant relationship between craft and text. This may take literal as well as metaphorical forms: from critical analysis to ceremonial letter
A very exciting, interesting and busy Private View for the MA Project: Remastered yesterday. If you haven't seen it, do come along and have a look, the exhibition is on until 8 September.
Inspiring Day. CSC Director joins The Study Day at the Fitzwilliam Gallery, Cambridge. Final Event for 'Things of Beauty Growing'
CSC Director joins The Study Day at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Final event for 'Things of Beauty Growing'.
Jan 2 to Aug 11 Peter Collingwood Woven:Unwoven (Closed Sundays & Mondays) Tue, Jan 2, 2018 10:00 AM10:00 Sat, Aug 11, 2018 4:00 PM16:00 Google Calendar ICS In 1950 the young Dr Peter Collingwood decided to abandon his medical career and dedicate himself instead to becoming a weaver. Collingwood d...
Lovely to have the MA students here this morning, working on their exhibition 'Remastered'. Opening on Wednesday 20th June and showing until Saturday 8th September
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Come and hear Loucia Manopoulou & Catharine Slade-Brooking give their presentation 'Allusive Crafts: Drawing words, writing Letters' at the Craft & Text Conference on July 9. To book a place call 01252 891450 https://bit.ly/2sERWdc
Join us for the one day 'Craft and Text Conference' on July 9th 2018 convened by the Crafts Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre. Keynote speakers include the eminent academics and practitioners Alice kettle (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Timothy Donaldson (Falmouth University).
Conference Fee: £20]10 students and the waged - includes refreshments.
Advanced booking is essential and can be made in person or by calling 01252 891450
Come visit our New Textile Exhibition 'Fortuitous Circumstances' which opens on the 5th June. It includes pieces from Rita Beales, Peter Collingwood, Makeba Lewes, Sally Greaves-Lord, Ann Richards & Kate Blee.
Detail from a scarf - Makeba Lewis
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