Summer in Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden has a long-standing association with craft and design and that tradition is continuing this summer with the arrival of two must-see exhibitions.

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Summer Show. Photography Steve Cadmon
Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Summer Show.
Photography Steve Cadmon

The first is Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen’s eagerly anticipated summer show, which runs until 20th August, and features work from 24 Guild members, plus guest glass artist Sarah Brown and some the best of this year’s graduates from Hereford College. Everything is for sale and there are also opportunities to watch demonstrations and meet the makers themselves. www.guildcrafts.org.uk

Candelabrum by Robert Welch. 1956
Candelabrum by Robert Welch. 1956

The second is ‘Robert Welch, Inspiration and Innovation’ up the road a Court Barn. Welch, who set up his workshop and studio in Chipping Campden, achieved international acclaim as a cutlery and product designer and this exhibition includes major loans such as his 1956 Silver Candleabrum from Goldsmiths Hall, which was inspired by the first UK exhibition of Jackson Pollock’s work. Not to be missed. www.courtbarn.org.uk

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Summer Show is at Chipping Campden Town Hall, High St, GL55 6AT until 20th August. Open daily 10am – 6pm. Please note, the show closes at 4pm on Wednesday 20th.

Robert Welch, Inspiration and Innovation is at Court Barn, Church St, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE until 28th September. Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm.

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