The Makers Guild in Wales is one of Wales' largest craft galleries and membership organisations. It was set up in 1984 as a maker co-operative and still retains that ethos today.
The Guild operates an annual selection process each year with a closing date is the 1st March.
Who should apply
The Crafts and the Applied Arts cover such a wide and ever evolving range of disciplines that it is impossible to list them all, however we welcome applications from any maker living and working in Wales who is personally involved in the design and creation of their craft and/or applied art. For further information see below for more details.
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We're seeking applications from UK-based makers for our annual Open Summer show.
Myths & Legends - This year's theme is inspired by the national campaign within Wales to celebrate the Year of Legends.
We invite applications from artists and makers across the UK to show their work at our Cardiff gallery. Our focus is on contemporary craft and applied art that shows individuality and innovation in the maker's approach to the work, a technical mastery of the medium and a sense of design.
Selected by a guest panel of art professionals - we have extended our earlier publicised deadline to 31st May 2017
You may already create work inspired by myths and/or legends - but if not then this is a chance to explore the rich source material available!
We are asking makers to submit up to three pieces of work. If selected you would then be invited to show one or more of these pieces in the Summer Show.
Please email email@example.com for full details or download the application form HERE.
Deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.
You may have noticed a lot of building work going on around Craft in the Bay recently.
This is because we are undertaking an exciting programme of energy efficiency measures in order to lower our Carbon Emissions and provide the Guild with a sustainable long term energy solution.
Initially, an approach was made to Resource Efficient Wales - who funded an in depth Energy Efficiency report which was undertaken by ENICA Ltd. This report reviewed the energy efficiency of Craft in the Bay and provide a detailed report of specific achievable beneficial outcomes. The project was then divided into two entirely separate elements.
Firstly, a Photo Voltaic Solar project, delivered and installed by GB-Solar - this project was very generously funded by The Garfield Weston Foundation and the British Airways Carbon Fund (managed by Pure Leapfrog) this will be installed in September 2016.
The next strand is to deliver a LED lighting system in the gallery along with an improved heating and cooling system. This will lead to further reductions in energy consumption and a reduced Carbon Footprint. This will be funded by the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Capital Programme , this strand will be installed in January 2017.
Once completed it is estimated that Craft in the Bay will lower its carbon output by nearly 11 tons a year. We will also lower our energy consumption considerably, thereby releasing more funds to enable it to achieve our Charitable Objectives.
We need your help to fund two new Kilns for our educational workshops.
The Makers Guild in Wales has started a fundraising campaign to raise enough money for two replacement kilns to enable us to continue and expand our craft workshop programme.
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. These include ceramic and glass workshops.
The kilns that we use to provide these workshops are in desperate need of upgrading. Our newest kiln (manufactured in 1997) has recently broken down and is now beyond economic repair, leaving us without one of the most used and vital pieces of equipment required to continue our workshop programme.
Please help us reach our £3500 target by donating today; whether it’s £5 or £100 you can help us to fire up our kilns!
In mid January, Maker Member Liz Lawrence was contacted by Chwarae Teg, a charity that supports and promotes women in the workplace in Wales. Chwarae Teg asked Liz if she would make a set of awards for the first ever Womenspire Event taking place in the spring of this year. As a female ceramic artist who has lived and worked in Wales since 2003, Liz was delighted to be offered this unique opportunity.
Based on Liz’s recent ‘Wave Series’ the final design for the 2016 Womenspire Awards is an uplifting shape which aspires to emulate and celebrate the high achievement attained by the Award Winners. Liz’s ‘Wave Series’ is group of ceramic sculptures taking inspiration from the power and energy of sea and can be seen at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff.
The 2016 Womenspire Award Ceremony was held on 14 April at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was a huge success.
More photos of the event:
Photos of the winners:https://www.flickr.com/photos/65772356@N06/sets/72157665137940843