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 Images must not be published or reproduced in print or electronically for commercial use or private gain.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.
Mindfulness at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery
Tucked underneath Leeds City Art Gallery and next door to Visit Leeds, we provide 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. Click here to find out more about mindfulness at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery.
What's On -
Our exhibition programme is currently suspended until further notice. In the meantime you can explore our current exhibitions by viewing gallery photographs and videos to experience the shows virtually. You can also continue to support us online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Please note that from Wednesday 1st April we'll be slowing down our social media presence with 1 scheduled post a day until we can review at the end of the month. We'll be celebrating some of the makers in our current shows, sharing videos, photos and revisiting some events and exhibitions from our 38 year archive. Please do continue to support us by sharing, liking and commenting on our posts (we might just not be as active as you're used to so just bear with us). Thank you so much!
Image: Ashraf Hanna ceramics on show until 11th January in our forthcoming Christmas Show
Jewellery Workshops with contemporary jeweller Amy Stringer
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 email@example.com
(Photo courtesy of Index Festival, taken by David Lindsay)
Pictured: ceramics by Jill Shaddock from our Stand by Me exhibition
EVENT TO BE RESCHEDULED: Meet the Maker event with jeweller and printmaker Gwyneth Williamson Saturday 21st March 1-3pm. Find out more here...
Workshops with contemporary jeweller Becca Macdonald
Beginners Silver Clay Jewellery Making Workshop, full day (10am - 4pm at Today Studio, Leeds). Expect to make one or two pieces of finished silver jewellery in a day. Becca recently joined the team here as our Gallery Assistant. Click here for further information.
Also Becca's brand new workshop for ‘grown ups’ and their little ones to make a silver fingerprint necklace. Click here for further information.
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery is sadly now closed until further notice.
If you are able to support us at this challenging time, we would greatly value your help to safeguard our future. Please donate if you can via the donate button at the top of our website. Your donation will ensure we can continue to champion contemporary craft through a seasonal exhibition programme. As an independent gallery with charitable status we rely on sales from the work we exhibit by our amazing makers from across the UK to continue to deliver the very best of contemporary craft to you. Any additional donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
Whilst we cannot currently deliver our Gift Vouchers to you until further notice you can still buy them here where they will be dated from the time of posting once we re-open.
Please do continue to support us on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so we can keep contemporary craft alive online. Please note that from Wednesday 1st April we'll be slowing down our social media presence with 1 scheduled post a day until we can review at the end of the month. We'll be celebrating some of the makers in our current shows, sharing videos and photos and revisiting some events and exhibitions from our remarkable 38 year archive. Please do continue to support us by sharing, liking and commenting on our posts (we might just not be as active as you're used to so just bear with us).
We have a notice for all of our makers here.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery once we are re-open. Love and best wishes The Craft Centre and Design Gallery Team.
Catch up with last year's Meet the Maker events...
Click on the event you'd like to view photographs and videos of and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
We'll be booking in some more Meet the Maker events for 2020 so watch this space!