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The home of contemporary craft

Rufford Craft Centre comprises a gallery with a changing programme of exhibitions, Creative Learning Centre and seminar room all housed in the former stable block which dates from the 1660s.

The Craft Centre offers the opportunity to participate in workshops in a variety of art and craft forms through a programme of public creative workshops with professional artists.

We also offer an extensive education and outreach programme for schools and groups. A highlight of our programme is the annual Earth & Fire International Ceramics Fair, which takes over the Abbey grounds at the end of June each year.

Exhibitions, events and workshops

Crafted by Design

2 December 2014 - 4 January 2015

Crafted by design

Contemporary crafts at Christmas

An exhibition of handmade art works, home accessories and jewellery created using ceramics, glass, textiles and metals.

Treat your friends and family or even yourself to a special gift this Christmas.

This selling exhibition features outstanding work by the Hallam members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

See more exhibitions and family fun events. 

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Girl painting at RuffordFamily Craft Activities Rufford Art Week Take inspiration from the techniques on display in the gallery and learn with our artist team. From print to felt to fun with a paint brush, there’s something different every day. No need to book just come along and join in!...Free14/02/201411am - 4pm every day
CastingSculptureThis workshop aims to develop some basic sculpture making skills; modelling and casting. By the end of the weekend you will have made a plaster portrait head, beginning the process modelling in clay and then casting into plaster in this rather messy...£10028/03/201410.30am - 4.30pm
Family Craft at RuffordFamily Craft ActivitiesMatEaster… Snip Snip Snip Friday  3 April 2015 Saturday 4 April 2015 Sunday 5 April 2015 Monday 6 April 2015 Tuesday 7 April 2015 Wednesday 8 April 2015 Thursday 9 April 2015 Friday 10 April 2015 ...Free03/04/201410.30am - 4pm every day
Family craft RuffordFamily Craft Activities Celebrate Craft and Design Month with us. Sunday 3 May 2015 Sunday 10 May 2015 Sunday 17 May 2015 Sunday 24 May 2015 Join us in celebrating crafts and creativity at Rufford and across the county during May. Try your hand at...Free03/05/201411am - 4pm every day
CeramicsCeramicsBe guided by a professional ceramist and gain confidence in basic ceramic techniques. For the more experienced, it is a chance to develop and apply skills you already have.  See the results for yourself in ‘Made at Rufford’ in the...£135 for an 8 week block02/12/201410am – 12:30pm or 1pm – 3:30pm
Stevie Davies - seasonal giftsCrafted by Design - contemporary crafts at Christmas An exhibition of handmade art works, home accessories and jewellery created using ceramics, glass, textiles and metals. Treat your friends and family or even yourself to a special gift this Christmas. This selling exhibition features outstanding...Free02/12/2014 
PAPER CHAINSFamily Craft ActivitiesCreative Links Sunday 7 December Sunday 14 December Get into the Christmas spirit and make jolly festive paper chains and lovely dangly decorations in the Big Art Space. Free07/12/201412 noon - 4pm
Wynne family printingRelief Printing – Family WorkshopMessy, creative and fun. Learn how to design and print using simple and effective techniques on papers and textiles. Bold, dynamic prints can be created using a combination of processes including mono-printing, Indian woodblocks, stencilling and...£25.0001/02/201510.30am - 1.30pm
Chair for upholsteryUpholstery for BeginnersLearn basic traditional upholstery techniques whilst re-upholstering a drop-in seat.  The workshop will include how to use basic upholstery tools safely, web a seat, attach hessian, bridle and stuff, attach calico, attach and centre patterned...£65.00 plus materials used (approx £10)14/02/201510.00am - 4.30pm
CeramicsCeramicsBe guided by a professional ceramist and gain confidence in basic ceramic techniques. For the more experienced, it is a chance to develop and apply skills you already have. Please contact Rachel directly to book and for information about further...£150 for 9 weeks24/02/201510am – 12:30pm or 1pm – 3:30pm (Easter break, 7 and 14 April)
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