Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


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What is Craft? Materials

Summer 2015

Come down to the new Resource Space, Get inspired! Get involved! with films, objects to touch, ‘Makers Collections’ by textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood and ceramicist Claire Curneen and more.

Ruthin Craft Centre is delighted to launch our new and exciting programme called What is Craft? As part of this project we will be undertaking a 2 year audience development, outreach and resource legacy programme which includes a new designated on-site resource space at Ruthin Craft Centre. We want to return to the basic questions about the nature of craft and its relation to everyday living. What is Craft? Who does it? Why do they do it? Why does it matter?

We hope you will be inspired by this programme and more importantly get involved! We kick off the summer season with our first theme ‘Materials’.

What is Craft? – Materials Historically, the materials of choice for artists and craftspeople were obtained from their natural environment. In the twentieth century, new resources were explored in a quest to discover what art could be and what it could be made from. As the parameters of art and crafts continue to expand, so too does the seemingly limitless range of materials available for making objects. In recent times, greater emphasis has been placed on the use of renewable sources and recycling materials when possible – Julie Robson.

This summer we’ll be investigating some of these materials and the different purposes for which they have been used through our summer engagement programme.

The ‘materials’ resource pack full of tasks and information is available to download FREE here

Exhibition – ‘Exploring ‘Materials but with a difference’ – Arts and Business Cymru and Jones Bros. Civil Engineering company project. This season Ruthin Craft Centre has been working in collaboration with Jones Bros. to run a project which explores areas of mutual interest within engineering industry and the arts. Pupils from Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ysgol Pentrecelyn, Ysgol Penbarras and Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd visited the Craft Centre in May for a workshop, which involved transforming the donated ‘waste’ materials from Jones Bros. into works of art, using recycled wires, plastic, raffia and cable ties to create colourful 3D sculptures with textile artist Bella Leonard. The artwork and resources created during these sessions will be on display at the Craft Centre in our new resource space throughout the summer holidays for everyone to come and see and enjoy.

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This season of What is Craft? is funded by Arts Council of Wales as part of their ‘Our Space’ programme.

Publications What is Craft? Materials Resource pack

The What is Craft? Materials Resource pack full of tasks and information is available to buy from Ruthin Craft Centre.

32 pages, full colour, 210x297mm
ISBN: 978-1-905865-13-0
Language: English or Welsh
To order call: 01824 704774 or email: