Business opportunities at Salisbury Contemporary Craft 2017 by Salisbury Cathedral

We are currently putting together content for the free A5 colour booklet listing information about all our talented exhibitors together with full details about our Craftivate workshops and demonstrations.

Each of the 5,000 + visitors expected at Salisbury Contemporary Craft 2017 will receive one of these programmes when they arrive at the event.

Limited advertising space is available in the guide and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Bookings will close at close of play on Tuesday 22 August and finished artwork will be required by Friday 25 August 2017.

Promotions

If you are a Salisbury business that would like to offer a discount or run a promotion for visitors to this event please email info@salisburycontemporarycraft.com by Wednesday 23 August 2017.

 

Craftivate activities confirmed for 2017 by Salisbury Cathedral

Lizzie Bryant - Storyteller

This year’s new look Salisbury Contemporary Craft opens in the Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday  Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September, showcasing around 50 stalls selling the very best of contemporary craft from across the south west and beyond.

Entry is free, browsing is welcome and it all happens within the heavenly Cloister surroundings.

For those wishing to get hands-on or to learn the tricks of the trade from experts, the Craftivate programme supported by Arts Council England will allow visitors to observe the techniques used by these superlative craftsmen up close, and to study their finished articles.

In the North Transept, workshops will be available for those wishing to try their hand with some exquisite craft skills alongside the experts.  Bookable online from early August, workshop places are limited so spaces must be reserved ahead of time. Details of workshop costs and crafts to be featured will be announced next month.

There are also plenty of free opportunities to find out more about creating and making from working artists representing Plain Arts Salisbury, who are giving demonstrations in a marquee behind the East Cloisters.

The Cathedral’s own stonemasons will be on show in the inaugural Contemporary Stone Challenge, in which members of the Works team will be competing to create contemporary designs, trying out innovative ways of working with the stone. The Challenge takes place in the picnic area behind the Cloisters.

Other free events include a Craft Circle where visitors can watch artists in action, with demonstrations taking place between 10 – 4.30 each day. There’s also a programme of free story-telling between 11.00 and 12.00 and 13.00 and 15.00 beneath Queen Victoria’s cedar trees in the Cloister Garth and music out on the west lawns.

A special exhibition of the Cathedral’s own contemporary treasures, including beautifully embroidered altar cloths and copes, will be open in the Trinity Chapel and specialist Cathedral Guides are offering Contemporary Walk-and-Talk options to Salisbury Contemporary Craft and Cathedral visitors as a one–off alternative to the floor tour.

Visitors wishing to take up this option can choose from 3 different aspects of contemporary craft in Salisbury Cathedral:

11.00, 13.00 and 15.00Twentieth Century Stained Glass
12.00, 14.00 and 16.00Twentieth Century Sculpture
                                 
11.30, 13.30 and 15.30Salisbury Cathedral’s Medieval Architecture, a wonder of its age

Visitors should meet their guide inside the Cathedral by the information desk along the South Nave Aisle. Walk-and-Talks are offered on a first-come first-served basis and are free, though a Cathedral Donation is requested.

For those thirsty for information, a free Human Library will operate on both days in the Cathedral Cloisters between 12 – 3pm. No physical books in this library but some experts that can be hired ‘off-the-peg’ to discuss art, culture and society, contemporary craft and hobbies.

To complete the Salisbury Contemporary Craft experience, a range of delicious, locally produced foods are available each day in the Refectory Restaurant and the Bell Tower Tea Rooms. Fair-trade coffee, fresh leaf tea, homemade scones, cakes and plenty more besides.
 

New look for Salisbury Contemporary Craft by Salisbury Cathedral

The exquisite medieval cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral are the location for this year's event

The exquisite medieval cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral are the location for this year's event

After three successful years, the Festival is about to enter an exciting new phase. Rotary Salisbury who instigated and lead this initiative, are keen that it does not stay still and that new ways of connecting people and great craft and skill are explored. What has also been evident is the huge interest in seeing such a wide range of skill displayed in all the fantastic examples of design as well as in seeing the processes involved up close .

The visual setting and obvious historical connections to the Cathedral have been a key feature in the feedback from both makers and members of the public and the intention, therefore, is to make more of that link and host the Festival actually within the magnificent Cathedral environs. In order to facilitate these new developments, Salisbury Cathedral will lead the event, supported by Rotary and other partners along with our many dedicated volunteers as before.

Now is an opportune moment to look afresh at and reshape the elements that have made this such an enjoyable and worthwhile event over the last three years. The opportunity is here to make more of both the heritage skills and the contemporary craft on show and to do this effectively and with greater rigour, it has been decided to separate out the event.

Our two-day summer event will focus solely on contemporary craft on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September 2017 and because of the time needed to develop new and exciting potential partnerships, a heritage skills focused event will run afterwards in 2018.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to the work Patricia Dixon has done as the Events Manager for the Festival for the last two years and going forwards, we are fully hoping to continue using her expertise on the work of the arts outreach programme 'Craftivate'.

Sarah Rickett

Director of Learning and Outreach, Salisbury Cathedral