Arts Crafts

The Art Workers Guild

Founded in 1880 and loosely associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Active members, events, craft apprenticeships, and news.

Border Stick Dressers Association

Organisation of craftspeople who make shepherd's crooks and walking sticks as a hobby. Includes a photo gallery and information on their annual show in May, and how to make a stick.

Cloth Doll Creations

Offers information on the making and history of rag or cloth dolls in the UK, with resources including a list of doll hospitals plus information on local classes and clubs.

Craft Matters

Initiative which aims to create a visual display of how much crafts matter to the people of the UK.

Craft Telly

Highlights the latest offerings from various craft TV channels.

Crafts Council

National development agency for crafts in the UK offers a crafts directory and magazine, plus information about its crafts collection available for loan. Also showcases new craft talent from the UK.


Showcasing contemporary craft in Scotland with a directory of makers, background information and news and events.

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Educational charity with a contemporary crafts centre on the fringes of Dartmoor. Includes information on exhibitions and a directory of guild members showing their work and how to contact them.

The Fiery Beacon Gallery

Gallery located in Cotswold town of Painswick exhibiting a range of ceramics, glass and jewellery. Changing displays focus on individual artists or themes.

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Guild promoting contemporary crafts shows membership list with a display of work and contact details, the guild's gallery in Painswick, courses by members, and educational films.

Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers

Works to raise awareness of the legislative standards for craft soap and toiletry products, and to maintain a register of members. Includes details of membership and a listing, resources, and contacts.

Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen

Group of skilled artists and craft workers who earn a living by their craft and live or work in and around the beautiful county of Herefordshire. Gallery, members, and events.

Heritage Crafts Association (HCA)

Advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts, uniting craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds. Includes blogs, videos, map of craftspeople and upcoming events.

The Lion Gallery

Gallery in Leominster, Herefordshire, showing contemporary craftwork and fine art from the region. With details of current exhibitions and galleries of work.

Lynwood Carvers and Gilders

A traditional workshop in Eskdalemuir, specialising in carving and gilding, to create fresh designs and traditional pieces. Includes information about their services, processes, and a gallery of their work.

National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies

Through a network of local societies, they offer monthly lectures, study days, educational visits and holidays as well as a magazine and a talent bank.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Makes awards ranging between £1,000 and £18,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers. qestcraft

Rio (Really Interesting Objects Ltd)

A free quarterly lifestyle magazine about craft in Scotland; includes details of pick-up points, and the current issue online.

Ropewalk Contemporary Art and Craft

Centre for the visual arts in Barton Upon Humber housing three galleries within a Grade II listed former rope factory. Displays information on artists and designer/makers working within the centre, and the exhibitions.


Not for profit organisation set up by leading rag rug maker, Heather Ritchie. Shows their work with blind rag rug makers in Gambia, and plans for further projects. Archives, news, press cuttings and how to make donations.

The Society of Designer Craftsmen

The largest and oldest multi-craft society in Britain. Explains their role and provides a list of members, exhibitions, details of their London gallery, articles on galleries and courses and workshop details.

The Sussex Guild

A group of professional designers and makers of contemporary and traditional craftwork who live and work in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire; with details of membership, events and exhibitions, workshops, and their permanent shop.

UK Craft Fairs

Maintains a directory of craft fairs across the UK.

UK Handmade

Resource and magazine showcasing the best of British crafts. Includes busy community features and lots of inspiration.

Searchable database of craft workshops, training, and designer makers.

Verses 4 Cards

Collection of free to use poems, verses, wishes and quotes for greeting cards, scrapbooking, speeches, and eulogies.

Wallpaper History Society

Promoting an awareness and understanding of historic and contemporary wallcoverings. Presents history, events, membership, bursary and a directory.

Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen

Group of professional designer-makers displays galleries of their work with artist contact information, details of their shop in Hartlebury, and advice on commissioning work.

York Glaziers Trust

Specialist stained glass conservation studio dedicated to the care and conservation of historic stained glass.

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