Court Barn and Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen: Craft Partnership Scheme.

Court Barn and the Gloucestershire Guild are delighted to be working together to offer this exciting opportunity to mid-career makers living or working in Gloucestershire or surrounding areas.

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Founded in 1933, the purpose of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, is to foster and promote fine craftsmanship and good design. These aims came out of the vibrant Arts and Crafts movement in the Cotswolds at the turn of the 20th century.

The Guild’s members are all professional makers. They are amongst the top craftspeople in the UK working across many disciplines including ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and leather goods, creating unique functional and decorative objects. Members are dependent on sales and commissions for their livelihoods and many also teach, ensuring that craftsmanship and good design has a future.

What will the scheme offer?

Successful applicants will be partnered with an established member of the Gloucestershire Guild. The nominated partner will spend the equivalent of 5 days with the successful applicant, either in a mentoring capacity and/or providing relevant technical training. Successful candidates will also receive up to £100 per day to claim travel expenses towards meeting their Partners.

The Members Available:

Neil MacGregor and Val Michael – Leatherwork

Louise Pocock – Millinery

Toff Milway – Ceramics

Sarah Beardsmore – Textiles

Jo Davies – Ceramics

Sarah Pulvertaft – Jewellery

Liz Lippiatt – Textiles

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal concerning how they would like to spend this time with their Gloucestershire Guild Partner e.g. whether they would like to receive mentoring, technical training or a combination of the two. Applicants must also identify why they wish to work with a specific Guild member and how the Partnership Scheme will benefit them towards progressing their careers.

Who can apply?

Our interpretation of craft is very broad and we are excited by both contemporary craftsmanship and interesting applications of traditional craft techniques. Part of your application will include identification of a Guild member you wish to work with and why – your craft practice may match that of your chosen Guild member, or, if different, explain in your application why you have chosen to work with a particular maker.

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18 or above at the time of application
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of skill, a strong body of work and experience within their chosen field
  • Intending to contribute to the local craft industry in future

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome applications from all talented craftspeople living or working in Gloucestershire, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or nationality; and particularly encourage those with protected characteristics that are under-represented in the craft and design sector to apply.

Court Barn and the Gloucestershire Guild are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion through all our practices, seeking to ensure that all paid and voluntary roles and opportunities are appropriately advertised. We are committed to appointing on merit and to removing barriers to employment, volunteering and other opportunities.

How to apply?

For more information please read the Applicant Information Pack. Then if you would like to apply please fill in the application form and return, along with additional photos of your work in Word, PDF or individual formats, to the Project Administrator

Contact Us

For additional guidance, please contact the Project Administrator Olivia Tracey, who will put you in touch with the relevant contact.

01386 841951

This scheme has been funded by a grant from the Radcliffe Trust