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.
Below are some of the talented makers we've had the pleasure of working with over the past 37 years or are currently working with. These are the special people who create your experiences here at the gallery through their amazing work. We couldn't possibly feature all of them because there has been thousands of them but you'll always find something different to experience with every visit and you'll always be given a very warm welcome.
Mindfulness at The Craft Centre & Design Gallery
We promote mindful experiences through a seasonal exhibition programme of contemporary craft that you can own, admire, collect or gift...
Follow our exhibition programme via the What's On page of our website to see what exhibitions we'll be hosting and see what our inspiring makers have been creating. Next time you see a collection imagine the maker behind the work sitting in their studio creating their beautiful work for you to enjoy.
What is mindfulness?
"Mindfulness. It’s a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. And that makes us anxious." www.mindful.org
Phil Greenwood's Print Exhibition 2nd November 2019 - 22nd February 2020