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Ruthin Craft Centre -

Middlesex University -

The Harley Gallery -

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge -

Milton Keynes Arts Centre -

Birmingham School of Jewellery -

Dovecot, Edinburgh -

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Ruthin Craft Centre

July 28th 2008 saw the re-opening of Ruthin Craft Centre, The Centre for the Applied Arts. The event marked the culmination of a four-year project to create a contemporary applied arts venue with exhibition, studio and educational facilities that could more than hold its own against similar institutions across Europe.

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Since it was founded in the early 1980s, Ruthin Craft Centre has established an impressive reputationas perhaps Britain’s foremost venue for the display and creation of contemporary craft. In 2005 it was decided to replace its old premises with a purpose built building. An alluring design by architects Sergison Bates won the commission and the £4.4 million project, was made possible by a major capital lottery grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

Inside are three galleries – two for displaying the best contemporary craft from Wales and around the world, the other a collections gallery and a retail gallery space. There are also studios for artists, educational and residency facilities, a café and a tourist information cultural gateway. The whole complex is set round a courtyard that acts as a focal point and outdoor social space. Outdoor furniture, for this area, has been designed by renowned designers Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley.

The project had to blend into its beautiful surroundings and convey a sense of the spirit of Denbighshire. The building is built of cast stone whose reddish-pink tones shift across the building. The roof is of zinc and captures shapes and colours from the surrounding hills of the Vale of Clwyd.

The Harley Gallery

The Harley Gallery is where old and new come together. It has a national reputation for excellence and innovation, aiming to widen participation and develop understanding of the work of practicing artists and makers. Situated on the ducal estate of Welbeck in North Nottinghamshire, the gallery is easily accessible from both the A1 and M1.

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