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Devon Guild of Craftsmen // Bovey Tracey

Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Located in Bovey Tracey, the Guild is the South West's largest contemporary craft centre with work selected from over 240 designer/makers

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is located in the grade II listed Riverside Mill building in the Dartmoor town of Bovey Tracey in Devon. It is a well-known exhibition space that showcases contemporary craft and design, and is also a leading charity for the education of crafts.

The Guild was originally founded in 1955 by local furniture maker Edward Baly who lived in Devon along with 18 originally members from the area who wanted to promote the best local crafts. In 1986 Riverside Mill was purchased as the home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and now has over 240 members.

There are various exhibitions and events that take place throughout the year with works from the region’s most talented artists including Guild members as well as invited contributors. The exhibitions include showcases of textiles, jewellery, metalwork, photography and sculptures. It also holds an annual Contemporary Craft Festival in June every year and another exhibition each Christmas.

As a charity, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen run a large outreach programme to schools and groups across the area, teaching craft and design through in-house workshops. There is also a cafe on-site as well as a craft shop selling handmade gifts and crafts.

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