Touring exhibition explores links between craft and sport

Date Posted: 19/02/2014

A project from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, set to tour UK football grounds in exhibition form in 2015, explores the link between crafts, local industry and English football clubs.

English football club’s history, identity and nicknames are often underpinned by links to locally important industries and craft skills.

The project is set to highlight these links and work with contemporary local organisations including museums and local companies. Central to the exhibition, and the subsequent touring project, will be links to the materials, local skills and locations of each club. 

Participating clubs include Stoke City (The Potters), Sheffield United (The Blades), Walsall (The Saddlers) and Macclesfield Town (The Silkmen) with discussions ongoing with a further two clubs.

The three-year project consists of two touring exhibitions: Home Ground and Souvenirs from Home. Further details are yet to be announced.

Craft workshops for school groups

The guild’s Big Hand, Little Hand organisation helps school trip organisers to plan craft workshops in schools and colleges.

The organisation can help teachers plan a project with a professional craft maker who will visit the school and run practical craft sessions. Where possible these can tie in to Key Stage curriculum subjects such as Art and Design.

Previous school workshops have included: figurative ceramics, ceramic sculpture, textiles, wood sculpture and larger crafts projects to make ‘outdoor classrooms’.

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