Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 2018

Saturday 18th August 2018


August 18th, 2018 to August 27th, 2018


10:00am to 4:00pm


Thirlestaine Long Gallery | Bath Road | Cheltenham | Gloucestershire | GL53 7LD

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Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design brings together the work of around 70 of the finest contemporary artisan furniture makers, supported by selected work from other disciplines such as jewellery, art and ceramics, for an unparalleled display of beautiful work.  Founded in Cheltenham in 1995, the exhibition has been directed since 2009 by award winning furniture designer Jason Heap.  His stewardship has seen the exhibition evolve into a relaxed and friendly event where visitors can while away a few hours immersed in a wonderfully reassuring display of talent, skill and imagination.

“What I love about this show is the passion and diversity of its exhibitors and the work that they produce.  Every exhibit has a story behind it and within it is a part of the person that has designed and made it.  This is not work that is churned out, it is considered and loved from conception to delivery.”  Jason Heap, Director.

With over 300 exhibits spread through six large neo-classical rooms of Thirlestaine House, including the magnificent long gallery, there is enough variety to suit all tastes, whilst the pop up Hardwood Café offers a welcome opportunity to rest and contemplate.  All of the work on display is for sale and all of the craftsmen and women are happy to discuss commissions.  In the main, these are all very small workshops, often just a single craftsperson and so the story of each piece, the inspiration and the production of it become part of its appeal.  These are not just lovely objects, they are created with care and attention and in acquiring them one also acquires a part of the maker that has dreamed of it, agonised over its details, searched for the perfect materials and finally lovingly nurtured its construction.

BIID Members receive complimentary tickets and a complimentary catalogue at this exhibition, please see the Members Area for details.

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