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Our story so far...

In 2017 we celebrated a remarkable 35 year anniversary.  5 years later here we are celebrating our 40th anniversary and that's quite an achievement!  We're so excited for this celebratory year because not only are we going to be looking back at our rich history throughout the year, we are relaunching our website, our online shop and much much more to continue into an exciting new future! 

As we embark on this big adventure we'll be asking you to share your stories from your experiences here over the past 40 years because we want you to be a part of our story.  So if there is a show you'd like to reminisce over, a well-loved piece that brightens your day at home or perhaps you just really enjoyed a mindful moment here we'd love to hear from you.  We'll be sharing your stories below and via social media when we receive them so enjoy reading them and don't be shy if you want to share your own experiences (click on the orange 'Share your story here' button below).  Anyone who shares their story will be entered into our October Giveaway when we launch our Winter Shows (details to follow in the coming months).

We'll also be inviting you to take part in exciting promotions and giveaways and adding more inspiring workshops for you to book onto.  Look out for our social media campaigns and updates in our monthly news over the coming months to see how you can be involved in our exciting celebrations!

#40years #thenandnow #weareallstorytellers #tripdownmemorylane #beourstory




 

Read some of the fantastic stories you've shared with us already and what we've been getting up to to celebrate our special 40th anniversary...

Diana's special story...
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Diana and Toby's treasured salt and pepper pot...
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Jan Zalud in his studio - can you see the Craft Centre poster in the background from his first show?
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Janis's special story...
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Janis with her treasured textile art...
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Veronica doing some pre-flight stretches in the great outdoors...
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Jacqueline James and some of her woven wool rugs which featured in our Wedding Show...
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Early inspiration from the city of Leeds for ceramicist Jeremy Nichols...
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Jeremy Nichol's special story...
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We've been looking back at our old photo albums and reminiscing... 

A look through our Archive - Early Days
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A look through our Archive  - Print Layouts
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A look through our Archive - Makers Delivering Work To Us For Exhibitions
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A look through our Archive - Makers Visiting Shows They Were Featured In
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A look through our Archive - Press Visits
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A look through our Archive - Exhibition Changeovers
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A look through our Archive - Meet the Maker Events
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A look through our Archive - Workshops 2022 So Far...
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A look through our Archive - Old Mailout Cards
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Watch videos of inspiring personal stories about us...

Promotions & Giveaways this 40th anniversary year...

What we got up to 5 years ago...

To mark our 35th anniversary we  reminisced about our remarkable exhibitions and showcases by taking a trip down memory lane through our archives.  Browse through the albums below to see what we uncovered for our campaigns Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday and Where Are They Now?  

Throwback Thursday

Our archive of exhibitions and showcases highlights the vision of our Director Hayley Walker (who had been here for 27 years at the time) and inspiring contributions from every member of the Craft Centre team past and present.  Browse through the album to see just a small selection of the exhibitions we've had here over the years and be amazed at the talent we've had the pleasure of working with.  We're looking forward to seeing where the next 35 years will take the gallery.

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Flashback Friday

We dusted off our publicity archive to delve through the thousands of press features we've had over the years. 

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Where Are They Now?

At the start of the year we launched our Where Are They Now campaign to find out about the treasured pieces you've purchased from us.  To read our contributions visit the blog here.

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A few snaps from our launch event!