• Crafted for You features beautiful work created by artists from across Worcestershire, opens 17 November until 5 January 2019.
  • Throughout December join Worcester Society of Artists for a series of demonstrations alongside their annual exhibition which runs from 1 December until 26 January.
  • Special openings and family events throughout December featuring discounts off all purchases and opportunities to create your own Christmas crafts. Check the website for details: museumsworcestershire.org.uk

This Christmas, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum is urging visitors to support local artists and craft makers through visiting two exhibitions which celebrate a wealth of local talent.

Crafted for You opens on Saturday 17 November and runs up until 5 January and shows an exquisite array of jewellery, glassware, ceramics and other handmade craftsmanship.

Worcestershire has a special history as a centre for decorative making skills and this tradition continues today and is proudly celebrated in this exhibition. Each piece has been made by a talented maker and hand-picked for this top-quality exhibition.

Crafted for You is perfect for that unique Christmas gift for someone special or hard to buy for, all items are for sale and make perfect presents with a local provenance. Purchasing from the exhibition supports both the museum and local artists.

Maggie Wallace, exhibition curator said: “Crafted for You is a celebration of craft with so many different makers on show all so talented and producing beautiful wares. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone special, or a treat for yourself, Crafted for You will have what you are looking for.”

Throughout December visitors will also have the opportunity to join the Worcester Society of Artists for a series of demonstrations of their particular area of practice alongside their 71st annual exhibition. The Society of Artists exhibition is a great opportunity to see a fabulous and eclectic selection of art created by local artists. Founded in 1947 to encourage the appreciation, understanding and practice of the visual arts, the Society has exhibited every year since their first year of existence at Worcester City Art Gallery.

A special Christmas event at the Gallery on Saturday 1 December 11am – 1pm welcomes visitors to enjoy a festive drink and mince pie with a bonus of 10% off purchases all day in the Crafted for You exhibition and Society of Artists exhibition as well as purchases from the Art Gallery & Museum Shop. Every penny spent in the Shop goes back into supporting the work of the Art Gallery & Museum and enables exciting exhibitions and events to happen.

On 14 December 5.30 – 8pm a special festive Museum after Hours promises good seasonal fun with live music from Men in Harmony and the Museum’s very own Snow Queen Cocktail. On Saturday 22 December enjoy special Family Christmas Crafts, from 11am – 3pm make your own sparkly Christmas wreath- print, paint and pattern and add a little Christmas magic.

Crafted for You is on from 17 November until 5 January at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. The Art Gallery & Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm, entry is free.

Worcester Society of Artists 71st Annual Exhibition is on from 1 December until 26 January.