The Big Skill brings Communities together, through accessible, hands-on rural skills and contemporary crafts. At community centers, cafes and castles, in Mid Wales, Borders and the Marches. 

In March 2020 we launched our 'Standing up for Peace Sculpture Project' at Saxon Hall, Hereford.

Tutored by contemporary sculptor Rebecca Buck of Osprey Studios, workshop participants are exploring clay modelling. With their thoughts on our theme of 'Peace' being communicated through representative and abstract forms of special relevance to this local community and its social heritage.
 

Clay sculptures made during these community Workshops are inspiring and shaping the final architectural ceramic form, garden landscaping and seating which will be placed at Saxon Hall on completion.

Using clay is direct and easy - everyone can join in.
 

We would like to thank Bulmer Gilmour Fund via Hereford Community Foundation for their support for our project launch.

 

With thanks to Herefordshire's a Great Place for funding the online design of the sculpture during Covid-19 lockdown.

Funding applications to further develop this project during 2020-2022 are in hand. Please contact us for Sponsorship opportunities or offers of substantial individual Gifts.

Visit The Big Skill Virtual Craft Tent at
The Greatest Online Agricultural Show

on Saturday 2nd May 2020
 

During social distancing, our Big Skill Accessible Craft Group is took the lead in creating new, online 'Craft, Community and Chat' videos of rural skills and crafts.

We launched in early May 2020, presenting craft and rural skills demonstrations in The Big Skill Craft Tent at The Greatest Online Agricultural Show, on The Internet Showground.
 

This virtual project bloomed from our Accessible Craft Group, who usually meet every Tuesday at Saxon Hall, Hereford between 12-3 pm. Inspired by British farmer David Hill's idea to beat the lockdown. 

As a Team, we plan to expand our virtual demonstrations to provide accredited training in contemporary crafts, textiles and clay sculpture, leading to employment for our practitioners and participants.

Sessions are free, friendly and open to all. Follow us on Social Media to join in the Fun! #GreatestAgShow

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In February 2020 we launched our 'Coffee, Crafts and Chat' sessions.

These tasters introduce various craft practitioners to a new audience. Giving an opportunity for people to share their skills, or just to chill with a cup of coffee in good company.

Hosted at local community centres and cafes in Hereford and the Welsh Borders. With the aim of setting up community craft hubs, where individuals have the opportunity to develop their creative skills.
 

Recycle Repair Redesign: We recently provided craft workshops to support Hereford Green Network's 'Make do and Mend' Cafes and the Repair Cafe in Abergavenny.

If your group are based in the Hereford area or the Welsh Borders and would like a taster session at your venue, school or village hall, then we may be able to offer you a discounted rate per session.

We are able to take bookings for Autumn 2020, in line with Coronavirus safety rules.


'Coffee, Crafts and Chat' is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

CRAFTS IN THE COMMUNITY

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Local crafts for local people; workshops to inspire the next generation; centres for hands on rural crafts & skills training. With our Artisan & Craft Guide we aim to highlight crafts that are the heart of the community, with information of programmes & centres where craft workshops & training are being held. To have your centre, training or workshop included email us at the Big Skill, or send a message from our Facebook page. 

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