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Archive Craft Tours

Highlights’ Contemporary Craft Tour mirrors the strengths of the performing arts rural touring scheme. This tours high-quality theatre, music and dance to isolated rural communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity to see work of that standard without...

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Craft Tour – Workshops, Demonstrations and Talks

Workshops, Demonstrations and Talks: Shap, Cumbria Artist’s talk: Paul Scott Sat 8 Sept 4.30pm Old Courthouse, Shap CA10 3NL. Paul is a Cumbrian artist of international repute. He is best known for his Cumbrian Blues series of ceramics which came to public notice in...

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Contemporary Craft Tour

Contemporary Craft Tour

We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Craft Tour, Craft+Conflict, has been shortlisted for the Exhibition category of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards. A huge thanks must go to Contemporary Craft Tour Officer, Karen Babayan, as well as to the venues, artists,...

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Swallows and Armenians

Swallows and Armenians

Swallows and Armenians – the book is now available to buy at £10 plus p&p here The book was launched on the 9th March with an article in The Guardian and a great photo in The Times. The project received an Arts Council England award and the book launch at Theatre...

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2018 – Craft+Conflict

2018 – Craft+Conflict

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Highlights Contemporary Craft tour addresses the pertinent theme of conflict, which affects our communities locally, nationally and internationally. In rural environments issues of conservation versus...

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2017 – Luminosity

2017 – Luminosity

Luminosity, the 2017 craft tour celebrates LIGHT with an illuminating exhibition of contemporary works by UK and International artists including glass, sculptural textiles, film, electronics, jewellery and neon. Our international artists include Evagelia Hagikalfa...

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2016 – Paperscissorsbook

2016 – Paperscissorsbook

paperscissorsbook 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...

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2015 – Rural Craft Re-imagined

2015 – Rural Craft Re-imagined

Rural Craft Re-imagined…champions British craft, celebrating the contribution of heritage craft to contemporary design. Our artists work passionately, with materials, themes or forms; they craft with expertise and ingenuity but their work is committed to traditional...

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2014 – Textile Stories

2014 – Textile Stories

Textile Stories showcases three artists whose work brings to life real and imagined stories, told through the medium of textiles. Paddy Hartley tells stories of courage in the face of adversity. His ‘Faces of Battle’ was the culmination of four years research, design...

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2013 – Miniature Worlds

2013 – Miniature Worlds

Jewellery by Rose Ashley, Jessica Howarth, Jennifer Ho & Marie Canning; textiles by Laura Jones, Serena Partridge & Rachael Nila Whittaker; ceramics by Mayumi Yamashita & Anna Krengel; mixed media by Rosie Wates & LEO; film by Maggie Hall The 2013...

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2012 – Vanguard

2012 – Vanguard

The Wedgewoodn't Tureen by Michael Eden courtesy of Adrian Sassoon Innovative, pioneering, experimental, hothouse, progressive, radical, avant-guarde, mindblowing CRAFT…the 2012 Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour will show work by artists and craftspeople that through...

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2011 – Meadowsweet

2011 – Meadowsweet

Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2011 Highlights is celebrating its seventh Contemporary Craft Tour during the early summer of 2011. A stunning exhibition of work by three Contemporary Makers inspired by the theme of hay meadows, dovetailing with the Highlights’...

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