• Crafted for You features beautiful work created by artists from across Worcestershire, opens 16 November until 4 January 2019.
  • Worcester Society of Artists annual exhibition opens 7 December to 11 January.
  • Special openings and family events in December featuring discounts off purchases and opportunities to create your own Christmas crafts. Check the What’s On for details.

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

Crafted for You opens on Saturday 16 November and runs up until 4 January and shows an exquisite array of jewellery, textiles, 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 a treat for yourself, 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.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Worcester Society of Artists 72nd annual exhibition which opens on 7 December. 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 Art Gallery on Saturday 7 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 Saturday 21 December enjoy special Family Christmas Crafts, from 11am – 3pm drop in and create pots of Christmas Magic; decorate your pot, roll a beeswax candle and wrap it in style to make the perfect Christmas gift!

The charming Balcony Café will also be getting into the festive spirit serving a special seasonal menu including warming lunches, Method-Roastery coffee and delicious home-made cakes.

Crafted for You is on from 16 November until 4 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 72nd Annual Exhibition is on from 7 December until 11 January.

For more information see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or call 01905 25371.

Photograph shows Jennifer Colquitt ceramics.


Crafted For You 2019 makers are:

Sarah Greening – glass jewellery
Sally Davis – enamel jewellery
Rosemary Sandy – bead jewellery
Marinda Peckett – aluminium jewellery
Jennifer Colquitt – ceramic jewellery
Val Hunt – recycled tin jewellery and sculpture
Melissa wright – textile brooches
Zoe Carson – jewellery

Ben Homer – treen work
Rebecca Morgan – acrylic drop on wood & woodwork

Chris Greening
Martin Griffiths

Bobbi Heath – hats
Penny Dixon – felt scarves & hats
Melissa Wright – textile framed pictures

Pictures / sculpture
Rachel Blackwell – paintings & prints
Emma Leans – lino prints
Julie Stevens – illustrations
Karoline Rerrie  – screen print