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Festival Highlights

As well as showcasing over 200 of the UK's finest designer makers,  The Contemporary Craft Festival is a weekend event, packed with workshops and activties for all ages, craft demonstrations, children's activities and entertainment, live music and festival food.

 

Out of the Woods

Join Hilary Burns and Friends to celebrate our woodlands, skilled wood workers and basket makers at The Craft Festival. 

Hilary Burns, who was recently awarded the Heritage Craft Association's Maker of the Year award, is a highly acclaimed willow artist, basket maker and willow expert. She will be joined by basket makers Andrew Kirby, Richard Lewis, Josey Goodin, spoon carver Felix Kary & sculptor Artisan Willow. 

Andrew Kirby will be inviting visitors to pound a fresh, large ash log to separate the growth ring layers. This is commonly done for basketry in the US but is relatively unknown in the UK. 

Out of The Woods is hosted in a beautiful vintage marquee.

NEW: THE DEN (Strictly for Teens) 

Strictly for Teens we proudly introduce The Den. (Saturday & Sunday only)

The Den will host drop in screen printing,  vinyl sticker designing & digital cutting and jewellery workshops for ages 13 and up. The Den welcomes all teens to chill out, play table tennis and explore craft skills and new technologies with South Dartmoor Community College, Atrium Studio, Made by Mez and Fablab Plymouth. 

Personalise your wheels with Fab Lab Plymouth

Fab Lab Plymouth will be running a design and make your own skateboard / bike / scooter stickers activity in The Den. Design your own graphics, download images or choose from an image bank, then cut them out using a CNC controlled Roland Vinyl Cutter. Many colours of vinyl available! FREE DROP IN WORKSHOP

Print your own T-Shirt with The Atrium & South Dartmoor

Year 12 students from The Atrium and South Dartmoor Community College will be on hand enabling you to have a go at screen printing. Print onto T-shirts and paper, creating your own designs using laser cut stencils courtesy of Fab Lab or cut your own paper stencils. FREE DROP IN WORKSHOP (charge for optional t-shirt)

Make your own jewellery with Made by Mez!

In preparation for summertime, swing by Made By Mez Jewellery workshops and create your own brilliantly bright festival piece. With everything from pom pom earrings and bohemian necklaces to festival headbands, drop by to design and take home the perfect unique accessory. 

These workshops are free and will be running all day on Saturday & Sunday over the weekend, so there will always be a good time to sit and make wonderful things with a very colourful Mez.

The Den is presented by South Dartmoor Community College, Atrium Studio, Made by Mez and Fablab from Plymouth College of Art and sponsored by the Met Office.

NEW: Risk Makers. A makerspace by madebyhandonline.com

 
Curated craft website madebyhandonline.com has brought together a group of makers to challenge, collaborate and take and make risks with their work. The first stage of this exciting project will be shared at The Festival in an exhibition and interactive display space that will also provide materials, tools and guidance for visitors to take part in collaborative play. 
 
Come and meet the makers, explore their creative processes and be the first to see the exciting collaborations between these exceptional makers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch demonstrations and share ideas with the makers and the madebyhandonline team.
 
What happens when an embroiderer and a ceramicist are given the freedom to respond to one another’s work? What happens when a paper artist, jeweller and woodturner collaborate on the same piece? How does collaborative craft impact on an individual maker’s work and wellbeing? 
 
Risk Makers will present their work in a beautiful yurt from Yurts For Life. 

The Festival Pottery Throwdown with Potclays

We love The Pottery Throwdown and it will be returning to the Festival. We are delighted that the stars of The Pottery Throwdown will be joining us. You can meet them throughout the weekend, buy the ceramics they make and challenge them in our Festival Throwdown.

The Pottery Throwdown is presented in association with Potclays & Schumacher College, Dartington.

During the Throwdown, daily challenges will be set to test visitors’ skills with clay and potters’ wheels, which have been generously supplied by Potclays from Stoke on Trent.

Friday

11am     Challenge Tom

Noon     Challenge Richard

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session (Over 16s only)

3pm       Challenge Clover

4pm      Challenge Jim

Saturday 

11am     Challenge Jim

Noon     Challenge Clover

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session (Over 16s Only)

3pm       Challenge Richard

4pm       Challenge Tom

Sunday 

11am     Challenge Richard

Noon     Challenge Clover

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session  

3pm       Challenge Jim

4pm       Challenge Tom

All Throwdown winners will receive an apron.

All challenges will be kept secretand announced on the day,  visit The Contemporary Craft Festival to join in the fun. Follow the story on Twitter #FestivalThrowdown                   

The Pottery Showdown is open to Over 16s only. We will have a potters wheel in the Children's Tent for Under 16s to use.                    

THE CRAFT CINEMA

Our beautiful Craft Cinema, will be returning to Bovey Tracey presenting a lively programme of vintage and contemporary short films on craft and design.

The cinema is hosted in a magnificent 1967 bus, originally commissioned as a mobile cinema by Tony Benn, then Minister of Technology, to travel the country showing films of the latest technical advances to the factory workers of Britain. Walk the red carpet and enjoy a genuine cinema experience in a gorgeous mobile cinema.

THE KNITTING TENT

Every day

FREE, drop-in knitting & crochet lessons, every day

Pop along to The Knitting Tent where you can pick up beginners knitting & crochet skills. You can bring your own work in progress & come along for a knit & a natter or add a few rows to ours. Learn to arm knit, finger knit & find out about freeform knitting & yarnbombing. 

START UP

Featuring designer makers in their first 2 years of business. StartUP makers will be announced shortly.  StartUP replaces One Year On.

AIM HIGHER

Showcasing art and design higher education opportunities in the South West.

MATERIALS & MAKING AVENUE

Presenting a handpicked selection of craft organisations, regional museums and companies selling artist's books and materials, beads, textile supplies plus much more.

THE CHILDRENS CRAFT TENT

The Children's Craft Tent.

Based on a nautical theme, skilled craft workshops will be delivered by range of creative organisations throughout the weekend. Our Craft Tent Partners are Plymouth College of Art, The Met Office, Brick Ideas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Creation Station, Stover School and Devon Weavers Workshop.

On Saturday & Sunday, children and adults will be entertained by The Puppetree Company and walkabout theatre by Jonty Depp. There will als be Story Telling by Isabella's Story Bicycle (Saturday only). The children's area includes facepainting, play tent and sandpit. 

LIVE MUSIC, WANDERING POETRY & FESTIVAL FOOD

Enjoy great music whilst you eat and drink the wide variety of locally sourced food and ales on offer from wood fired pizza, crepes, waffles, falafels, pulled pork and spicy curries to hog roast and cream teas.

Musicians include  La Vie En Rose gypsy jazz, Baron Brady folk duo, Cosgrave & Banks contemporary folk, Annika Skoogh & Matt Carter Jazz duo, Harbottle & Jonas, Joshua Wheaton,  Louise Parker Jazz Duo, Becky Brine Duo, The Liberty Sisters, Kindred Spirit & Bovey Tracey School. 

Jackie Juno is The Wandering Poet - request a poem just for you! Choose what mood or style of poem from the options and enjoy your very own one-off performance!

Jackie is a multiple slam-winning poet, including Glastonbury Festival Slam 2017!

NOURISH Festival and The Craft Festival proudly presents The BRODSKY QUARTET 

This year the Craft Festival has a very special extra element: a concert being put on under the banner of another Bovey festival that we work on, Nourish Festival. On Saturday June 9th the Internationally renowned and utterly fabulous Brodsky Quartet will give us a bit of ‘bottled sunshine’ in the form of Elgar’s string quartet, then - by total contrast - an epic picture of life in wartime Russia from Shostakovich, whose third quartet is gripping, harrowing and intensely moving. Add to that two pieces from present-day Mexico and it promises to be a great gig. If you haven’t seen the Brodskys … they’re the string quartet famous for collaborations with Elvis Costello, Bjork, Paul McCartney, and - as a live act - are just something else! They’ve played here to wildly enthusiastic sell-out audiences three times now, so don’t miss!

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