in 1986, The Independent Craft Galleries Association
represents the foremost Applied Arts Galleries in the UK that
are not dependent on public funding.
Galleries in the Association are elected for the quality
of the work they show and the excellence of the way in which
they show it. Generally they specialise in showing individual
contemporary work from a broad spectrum of makers, but some
are more specialised than others and there are some that show
work in one specialised area only, particularly jewellery. The
range of work is extensive and covers Makers in the various
stages of their careers - from the up-and-coming to the well
established and the internationally famous.
work falls under the general heading of 'Fine and Applied
Arts'. This covers a multitude of disciplines - from the work
of Studio Makers to Fine Artists, Painters and Sculpters.
Of particular prominence in many member galleries are (in
no particular order):
type of work that each gallery shows is detailed on the individual
page for each gallery, reached by using the selectors on The
Galleries page. Alternatively, to see an alphabetical
listing of all member galleries, click
order to promote high standards of excellence, membership
is only granted to galleries after election by current Association
members. Only galleries elected to the Association may display
the coveted 'Elected for Excellence' logo.
criteria used in assessing galleries wishing to be elected
to the Association include:
exceptionally high quality and standard of exhibitions and
work shown. A National and/or International View is expected
in the selection of work that the gallery shows.
high standard of presentation, display, support information
and knowledge of the Applied Arts generally.
gallery must be independent of ongoing public funding.
gallery must have been trading for at least two years.
Galleries Map is published every two years by the Association.
The Map is available free of charge from member galleries and
can also be downloaded in printable form from The
Galleries Map page.
Association's aim is to develop interest in the applied
arts through the specialist independent galleries and we hope
that this site will help you to discover the enormous depth
and range of talent being promoted by the members of the Association.
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