Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2016

A stunning exhibition showcasing the best of current paper-cut and artist’s books. From exquisite hand-cut paper to the latest laser-cut techniques; ambitious sculptural paper works, installation and intimate book works. The artists explore a variety of themes with a deft stitch here, a sharp scalpel there, coated with a generous helping of wry humour. The exhibition shows work by British and international stars of paper-cut and artist’s books as well as exciting emerging artists:

Rob Ryan                                          Mayumi Arakawa

Linda Toigo                                      Priya Pereira

Andy Singleton                               Chloe Wing

Clare Lindley                                   Jan Hopkins

Christian Barnes                            Elizabeth Shorrock

Annwyn Dean                                 Les Bicknell

Florence Boyd                                Alison Waters

Elizabeth Willow                            Claire Peach

Nicky McNaney                              Shannon Bartlett-Smith

Marta Daeuble                                Joanna Robson

In 2016, we are exploring some new partnerships: C-Art in Cumbria, a county wide open studio and gallery event in September; Durham Book Festival showing work for the first time in libraries in Weardale and Teesdale and sponsorship from James Cropper Paper. The popular Designer Makers Market will also be at The Witham, Barnard Castle and the Queens Hall Arts Centre and a new Makers Market will be launched at Shap, Cumbria. See below for details.

A programme of papercut and storytelling workshops, talks and demonstrations will be offered at each venue.


10–21 Sept The Old Courthouse, Shap, Cumbria CA10 3NL
A selected display suitable for the library environment
Open: 10-18 Sept 10am-5pm; 19-21 Sept see further opening times: – Also Makers Market on Sunday 11th September at Shap Memorial Hall.
Tel: 01931 716273

23–25 Sept St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AU
Open 10am-4pm. Tel: 07967 205955

7–12 Oct Crook Library, Civic Centre, North Terrace, Crook, Co. Durham DL15 9ES
A selected display suitable for the library environment. For opening times, see Crook Library website.
Tel: 0300 026 9002

14–16 Oct St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UE
Open 10am-4pm. Tel: 01388 528673

11–19 Nov The Witham & Barnard Castle Library, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY.

The library will show a selected display suitable for the library environment. Also Designer Makers Market 19 & 20 Nov: – Opening
times: The Witham – Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun & Mon. For library hours please
see Barnard Castle Library website. Tel: 01833 631107

26 Nov 2016–7Jan 2017 Queens Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham,
Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Open: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri,10am-4pm Sat, closed Sun. Also Designer Makers Market
Sat 3 Dec. Tel: 01434 652477