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Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2017

 In 2017 our artists are celebrating LIGHT with an illuminating exhibition of contemporary works by UK and International artists including jewellery, glass, sculptural textiles, film, electronics, jewellery and neon. Our international artists include Evagelia Hagikalfa from Greece, Miki Asai from Japan and Statira Jazayeri, an Iranian artist based in Sweden. This year we are extending Lumiere the Durham festival of light into the Dale through our venue at St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope, enabling our rural communities to connect with and participate in the excitement of the festival.                                     

Miki Asai Laquered Jewellery

Sandra Balmer Kiln-formed & Fused glass

Heather Gillespie Glass Engraving

Evagelia Hagikalfa Light Boxes

Jan Hopkins Interactive Mixed Media

Statira Jazayeri Sculptural Textiles

Stuart Langley Neon

Jason Taylor Light Objects


Amazing Events & Wonderful Workshop Opportunities!

A programme of sculptural textile and glass engraving workshops, artists’ talks and exhibition tours will be offered at each venue, to include:

Statira Jazayeri - From flat to 3D

Masterclass in Sculptural Textiles Saturday 16th September, The Old Courthouse, Shap

Heather Gillespie - Drawing on Glass

Sandblasting Masterclass Saturday 14th October, The Witham, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham;

& Saturday 11th November, Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

For further information and how to book, please visit


Dates & Venues

  • 15-23 September - The Old Courthouse, Shap, Cumbria CA10 3NL

Open:  Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September 10am – 5pm

Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd September as per OC website:

Tel: 01931 716273

  • 14 October – 4 November The Witham & Barnard Castle Library, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY.

Open:  10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday. Tel: 01833 631107

  • 6th-12th Nov - St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AU

Open 10am-4pm Tel: 07515 327598

  • 17-19 November - St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UE

Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 01388 528673


Earlier Event: May 26
Later Event: October 13