For the past 38 years we have been championing contemporary craft in the vibrant city of Leeds to shine a spotlight on independent makers and their small businesses from across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. Through an exciting seasonal exhibition programme we highlight the skills behind handmade and share their inspiring stories. Bringing these amazing collections of contemporary craft together under one roof has created a haven for many visitors to escape the stresses of daily life & create mindful experiences. Please help us keep the gallery and the hundreds of small businesses we support alive by donating what you can so we can continue to keep bringing the very best of contemporary craft to you and help us and these creative industries thrive.
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"I'm passionate about all objects created with love, care and great design."
Hayley began her career with The Craft Centre and Design Gallery in 1990 after completing an MA in Textile Design at Loughborough University. Over the years she has built great relationships with designers and nothing gives her greater pleasure than successfully making a sale for them. She enjoys working as part of a fantastic team having overseen many changes throughout her time here. Hayley is proud of our status as one of the best contemporary craft galleries in the country.
"Working with so many inspiring makers every day is what keeps my passion for contemporary craft alive."
Jane Laverty - on Maternity leave from 17th April 2020 - returning Spring 2021.
Jane's big love at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery is the print section and she finds it real joy to work with such a wonderful variety of work by so many brilliant printmakers. A BA (Hons) in Textile Design and Surface Pattern from the University of Leeds coupled with an evening printmaking course at Leeds College of Art ignited her passion in this section of the gallery. Jane is responsible for press and publicity at the gallery and managing the gallery on a day-to-day basis as well as co-ordinating the ceramics, textiles and prints on display.
"It's fabulous being able to work in such a creatively stimulating environment."
Acting Manager - Maternity cover (from 18th April - Spring 2021).
Florence is a designer/maker following the completion of a BA (Hons) degree in Design Crafts at De Montfort University in Leicester. She finds it incredibly rewarding being able to work in such a creative environment and have exposure to a diverse range of makers. Although Florence enjoys many different aspects of contemporary craft and design, her specialties are ceramics and paper-works. She just loves the interdisciplinary nature of the Craft Centre and Design Gallery and finds it a huge source of inspiration.
“Working with the Craft Centre is a breath of fresh air, it’s such a relaxing and inspiring environment.”
Samantha has worked with a wide variety of galleries and arts organisations over the years, but the Craft Centre and Design Gallery is where she truly feels at home. With a Fine Art degree under her belt and a long held passion for contemporary craft and design, Samantha’s career has always straddled the line between the two art forms. Working at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery fuels Samantha’s love of objects which blur the line between conceptual and materialistic, as many of the talented designer-makers who showcase their work here not only strive to create beautiful objects, but also to tell a story through their work. When she is not at the Craft Centre, Samantha is also the coordinator for the Saltaire Makers Fairs.
"I very much enjoy chatting to visitors and seeing their reactions to the work on display."
Gwyneth is an established illustrator who has recently turned her hand to designing and making silver jewellery. Gwyneth finds the gallery an inspirational place to work, with so much diverse talent in such a small space. She is always fascinated by how things are made, whether it’s a ceramic, a print or a beautiful or quirky piece of jewellery. Gwyneth loves being part of a team passionate about craft and design that compliments each other’s disciplines well.
"I love working with all of the talented makers here at the Craft Centre."
Amy is a contemporary jeweller herself so finds working for the Craft Centre very inspirational. She started her creative journey studying an Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Leeds College of Art which followed on to studying a BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam. She is now the Jewellery Co-ordinator at the Craft Centre and loves working closely with all of the talented jewellers.
“I feel very lucky to be working in a wonderful gallery that represents such a wide range of disciplines by talented makers.”
Becca’s design career began studying a BA (Hons) degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts, which she embarked on with an open mind and completed with a series of ceramic tiles. Becca was then employed in London design studios and artist’s workshops, assisting in the creation of immersive sculptural installations, furniture and bespoke artworks. An introduction to jewellery making during an evening class reignited a passion and influenced a change in direction and scale and Becca now creates a conceptual jewellery collection. Since moving back home to Yorkshire, Becca is delighted to be a part of the team at The Craft Centre and finds being surrounded by such a diverse range of handcrafted pieces very inspiring.