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Farnham Craft Town  

With craft embedded into the fabric, the homes and the cultural life of Farnham, 318 Ceramics joins in celebrating the rich craft history with other craft organisations practising in Farnham today. Together with the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham Maltings, the University for the Creative Arts, the Farnham Town Council and New Ashgate Gallery, we are delighted to be part of making Farnham, England's Town of Craft.

Just an hour's drive from London, Farnham is a beautiful country town with some of the finest Georgian architecture in the south and a parish church and castle dating back to the 12th century. Crafts have been practiced in the area already during the Roman period: the district was known as a pottery centre due to its supply of gault clay, oak woodland for fuel and good communication links. Kilns dating as far as AD 100 have been found in the area.

Each October sees many craft organisations and independent makers coming together to celebrate craft by offering taster sessions, workshops and other craft theme activities.

"The roots of craft run deep in Farnham, and there are a remarkable number of major institutions who dedicate time, resources and creative energies to sustaining craft as one of the great defining features of place here: from the University for the Creative Arts to major museum, exhibition and specialist retail outlets and craft-related businesses. Farnham is home to both world renowned craft artists and to the next generation of emerging makers."  Iain Lynch, Farnham Town Clerk. 

Other places to explore Crafts in Farnham:     

West Street Potters is a steadily growing, independently run membership organisation that provides opportunities for people of all abilities to experience ceramics through classes, workshops and community events. 

The Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, Wrecclesham   e: weststreetpotters@btinternet.com  w: weststreetpotters.co.uk

The Crafts Study Centre was established by a pioneering group of educationalists and makers in 1970 who realised that there was no permanent public collection of craft established for study, research and enjoyment. There were Farnham connections even at the outset of the life of the charity: Henry Hammond was Head of Ceramics at the then West Surrey College of Art and Design and was a founder Trustee. The school architect David Medd was also a Trustee, and he had been a member of the remarkable Directorate of Camouflage at Farnham Castle during the second world war. Amelia Uden taught textiles alongside Henry Hammond and was also a longstanding Trustee. The Centre was frst established within the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath but relocated to Farnham in 2000 in a joint partnership with the then Surrey Institute of Art & Design. The major outcome of this move was the dedicated building for the museum collection, which opened in 2004. Today, the Crafts Study Centre holds the unique place as the University Museum of Modern Craft, running a year round programme of exhibitions of significant contemporary craft as well as displays from the museum collections and archives, including textiles, ceramics, wood and furniture, lettering and calligraphy and archives, and offering access to researchers to study these unrivalled collections.  

Falkner Road, Farnham GU9 7DS  t:012252 891450  w: csc.ucreative.ac.uk    

James Hockey Galleries is public exhibition space integral to the University for the Creative Arts. Within the framework of Higher Education research and professional management, the exhibitions aim to enrich and engage an increasingly inclusive society, and recognise the multicultural contribution of the arts. The presentation of work by students, and the community is balanced with projects showcasing arts professionals and specialists with a national and international reputation.  

Falkner Road, Farnham GU9 7DS.      

Farnham Maltings is a collection of buildings set in the heart of Farnham that provides a place in which people can imagine, create and discover. The Maltings encourages people to make their artwork, supports the establishing of new creative businesses and presents a programme of film, music, exhibitions and festivals. Farnham Maltings is also home to Third Space, a new producing company for the South East of England supported by Arts Council of England, dedicated to making surprising, thoughtful and delightful new work for the region's villages and market towns.  

Bridge Street, Farnham GU9 7QR.    

Originally established in the late 1950s, the New Ashgate Gallery has been located in a seventeenth century listed building in the Waggon Yard since the 1970s. Over time, the gallery has administered the profits from craft and art sales to create prizes and scholarships, and for the purchase of artworks or local and national museums. It was one of the frst provincial galleries to show artists with aninternational reputation as well as supporting local talent. Today, the New Ashgate Gallery is a destination for buying the best of affordable contemporary craft by established and emerging makers. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and has an affordable gift shop. As a not-for-proft charity, it also fosters emerging makers in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts through mentoring and touring exhibitions such as the Rising Stars competition. It also supports diverse community participation through a programme of gallery and outreach workshops.  

Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS  t: 01252 713208  e: gallery@newashgate.org.uk  w: newashgate.org.uk         

The Museum of Farnham is situated in Willmer House, a Grade 1 listed building which represents some of the finest brickwork in Farnham. From Stone Agehunters and Roman potters to hop pickers and beyond, the Museum collections tell the story of the town and its inhabitants. These include important historic craft collections particularly of Farnham Greenware, produce dat The Farnham Pottery at the height of its popularity in the early 20th century. The varied collections document process as well as product, with tools and equipment from many traditional crafts employed within Farnham over the centuries. The Museum holds collections that relate to many local artists as well as documenting the development of the Farnham School of Art during the Arts and Crafts Movement.  Temporary exhibitions bring to life craft work by local artists and emerging craft makers from the University for the Creative Arts.  The Museum is managed by Farnham Maltings on behalf of Waverley Borough Council. 

Museum of Farnham,  Willmer House,  38 West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX  t: 01252 715094  w: farnhammaltings.com/museum