The Craft Centre and Design Gallery . Leeds . Est 1982
own . admire . collect . gift
0113 378 7241
The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB
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Established in 1982 our aim is to take you on a journey to experience the talent, skill, originality and beauty of contemporary craft made by UK designer makers today. To see our story so far click here.
Every year our seasonal exhibition programme brings together the very best of handmade contemporary jewellery, ceramics, limited edition prints, glass, wood, textiles and works in mixed media exploring specific themes. We also provide an ever changing selection of makers who support and enrich each main exhibition. We support new and emerging makers as well as more established makers and for the past 36 years have introduced thousands of talented individuals to visitors of Leeds. Everything on display is for sale so we're a shop as well as a gallery space.
With work by over 300 designers on display at any one time you're sure to find what you're looking for; whether it be for inspiration, gift buying or simply to while away a peaceful lunch hour.
Please ask permission before taking photographs in the gallery. Because all of the works on display are still in copyright (which is not held by The Craft Centre and Design Gallery) photography is strictly limited to specific private use or study. Images must not be published or reproduced in print or electronically for commercial use or private gain. If you're a student wishing to take photographs for study then please click here to download a photography permission form. Please book an appointment via email and bring the completed form with you to your appointment. We'll then be able to ensure you get the best out of your visit using us as a research resource.
Wheelchair access is available to all areas of the gallery. Level access is available via a ramp from Victoria Gardens.
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, tucked underneath Leeds City Art Gallery and next door to Visit Leeds, provides a place for escapism, quiet, calm and a place to tend to your wellbeing. Making time for yourself amongst an often hectic lifestyle has been proven to assist with an improved state of mind. There has been much discussion recently in the sector as to how craft practices can improve this, and galleries certainly provide a tranquil creative space within our busy city centre. We also support the mental health of makers, who, without galleries like ours (which are few and far between) would be isolated, unsupported and would have to rely largely on internet sales. We passionately believe that handmade items allow people to take something home that brings them joy, and counteracts the kind of disposable culture that we are increasingly seeing take over both public mindsets, putting independent businesses and the environment at risk.
Image: Ashraf Hanna ceramics on show from 2nd November in our forthcoming Christmas Show
Jewellery Workshops with contemporary jeweller Amy Stringer
Please check our home page for notices of amended opening hours around bank holidays & before the start of a new exhibition.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Catch up with this year's Meet the Maker events so far...
Click on the event you'd like to view photographs and videos of and scroll right down to the bottom of the page.
OUR NEXT MEET THE MAKER EVENT IS WITH JEWELLER AMY STRINGER ON SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 1-3PM. Click here to find out more.
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
OPEN EVERY DAY FROM TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
SUNDAYS 11AM - 3PM
MONDAYS - SATURDAYS 10AM - 5PM
CHRISTMAS EVE (TUE 24TH DEC) 10AM - 1PM
RE-OPEN FROM 10AM THURS 2ND JAN 2020
PLEASE NOTE WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1PM ON CHRISTMAS EVE (TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER) UNTIL 10AM ON THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY 2020.
Workshops with contemporary maker Gwyneth Williamson
Come and explore jewellery making, printmaking and drawing with Gwyneth Williamson at her studio based in Wakefield. Gwyn is also our Education Co-ordinator. Click here for further information or enquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Photo courtesy of Index Festival, taken by David Lindsay)