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An A4 printed document advertising the MGW Exhibition at the Bridge Gallery, Treforest (Polytechnic of Wales). The document outlines that the MGW is made up of craftspeople with various skills such as jewellers (including David Bisson and Lucy Coplestone) as well as others involved in other crafts such as weavers, potters, calligraphers, embroiderers, clothes designers, fabric painters, patchwork, leather work and wood turning (including Gywndaf Breese). One of the attractive parts of this exhibition, according to the document, is that there are many approaches to working with the same materials. The document names a few particular craftspeople such as Trudie Forbes (weaver), Anna Adam (weaver), Gina Lorraine (wedding dress and christening gown designer), Bethan Ash (patchwork), Josephine Pickett-Baker (leather work) and Barbara Ineson (ceramics). The membership for the MGW is very thorough and the members produce very high quality work with much of it being exhibited widely across the UK and abroad. However, for those looking to establish themselves, the MGW also offers this support. The exhibition at the Bridge Gallery is running from 21st November to 10th December 1985, Monday to Friday from 9am - 8pm. There is also a craft fair at St David’s Hall on 30th November 1985. This document is black ink on white paper. This document was found in a file labelled ‘Publicity for Exhibitions’.

The Makers’ Guild in Wales was formed in 1984 as a maker co-operative to bring together and promote the best of Welsh craft talent. The guild consists of craftsmen and women and is fully committed to its charitable aims, namely the promotion and preservation of applied art and craft skills, by presenting Welsh-based work of the highest quality for the public to view. Since its establishment, it has gained status in producing internationally recognised craft and art. Currently, the organisation has 79 Wales-based maker-members. Prior to settling at Craft in the Bay, which has been in several locations in Cardiff Bay, the guild was based at the Old Library craft centre from 1989 to 1995. The guild also spent some time at St David’s Hall. It is now based in the reconstructed ‘D’ Shed on the Flourish in Cardiff Bay.

In the beginning, The Makers ‘Guild in Wales was wholly run by volunteers; there were no paid staff positions until the mid to late 1990s. The Makers Guild still relies on the help of volunteers to work in the gallery space; they have played a vital role in the sustainability of the craft organisation.
(Source:, accessed 09/01/2018.)

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