The Guild is a Charity and is fully committed to its charitable aims, namely the display, promotion and preservation of applied art and craft skills, allowing the public to see, interact with and learn about the highest quality craft and applied art. Our charitable objectives are: 'To advance education for the public benefit in the visual Arts and Crafts, in particular, but not exclusively, by exhibitions of high quality handmade crafts and the provision of workshop programmes.' With education through craft at its heart, The Guild is embedded within the heart of the local community with a thriving volunteer programme (In June 2013 the Guild was awarded a Go Wales Excellence Award for our work volunteer placement scheme with Cardiff Metropolitan University over the last ten years) along with a succesful 'Friends' Scheme. The Guild is recognised as a social enterprise coming out of its co-operative roots and in June 2012 the Guild was used as an exemplar study into co-operative consortia by the Wales Co-operative Centre.
Alongside its prgramme of exhibitions The Guild runs a craft-based education programme which offers our community a unique opportunity to learn about and take part in high quality craft workshops and community arts programmes. Our educational programme is well regarded and popular with local Schools, Colleges and Universities along with the many who take part in our regular craft workshops.
During the week of the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay we hosted a special programme of events in partnership with Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board. Celebrating Welsh culture and language, Health & Wellbeing. the exhibition featured work by Haf Weighton and a daily programme of craft workshops, enabling young people to have fun creating artworks for a growing exhibition in our gallery during the week long event. Special thanks to Julie Morgan AM and Maria Battle, Chair , Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board for officially opening the programme and taking part in our Creative Craft Workshops! #ArtsforHealthandWellbeing
Young Carers Project
Thanks to funding through the Community Foundation in wales in 2019 we will be working with the YMCA Cardiff - Young Carers to Deliver an exciting project of Craft based workshops
Funding our new Kilns
Maker Guild Wales chair Steve Nicholls accepting the cheque from Mark Poole of Viridor & Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund.
We've recently succesfully replaced our old Kilns. Our educational programme is popular with local Schools, Colleges and Universities along with the many who take part in our regular craft workshops. The kilns that we use to provide our workshops recently broke down and were beyond economic repair, leaving us without some of the most used and vital pieces of equipment required to continue our workshop programme.