Craft Town Scotland, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland.
West Kilbride, Scotland’s only designated craft town, samples the wealth of Scottish and British craft and design talent. Situated on the rugged Ayrshire coastline overlooking the isle of Arran, our visitor attraction features the award-winning Barony Centre. In this beautifully converted former church, visitors can see innovative exhibitions, choose from a range of exquisitely crafted objects and take part in creative activities. Additionally, stroll through our picturesque town, meet CTS makers in their studios and visit the town’s independent retailers, all within easy walking distance of the town centre.
A community inspired development, the award-winning Craft Town Scotland has underpinned the transformed the town centre and helped raised the profile of West Kilbride as a better place to live, work and visit. Our contribution to both the local and national cultural landscape has been recognised by West Kilbride, Craft Town Scotland winning a Year of Creative Scotland, Creative Place Award 2012.
The Barony Centre
Since the launch of our dynamic £1.7m development, the venue and its programme have quickly established a reputation as one of the country's creative hubs. Hosting the very best traditional and contemporary craft, design and cross-art form touring shows from the UK and beyond, The Barony Centre has already established a reputation for attracting a diverse selection of exhibitions to challenge and delight audiences.
Our gallery shop offers visitors a varied selection of original, quality craft and design work. We display giftware made by skilled semi-professional crafters; we also promote the work of professional designer makers, from those recently graduated to those who have established international reputations - it is a friendly, relaxed environment with craft to suit all tastes and budgets.
The Barony Centre will soon be providing a complementary series of creative activities, with classes for beginners right up to Masterclasses for experienced makers. We work with schools, groups and individuals and have hosted some of the country's most innovative practitioners as resident makers.
The Barony Centre is open 7 days per week throughout the year: Monday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 5pm
The Barony Centre Cafe opens Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm except Sundays when it opens at 12 noon.
Craft Studios - See our Craft Studios menu on the side bar or please follow the links below to individual studio websites or facebook pages. Most studios open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 4.00pm; however some studios open more regularly and have extended opening hours. (We recommend strongly that you call before traveling specifically to visit the studios).
Studio 24 Marion E Kane, Silversmith: http://www.marionsilversmith.com/
Studio 30 Old Maiden Aunt, Hand-painted yarn: http://oldmaidenaunt.com/
Studio 86 Glass Daft, Stained glass and lampwork:http://www.louisenelson.co.uk/
Studio 99b The Glass Craft Studio, straw silk and hand painted glass: not available
Studio 117 Juniper and Jane, free machine embroidery and tweed art: http://www.juniperandjane.co.uk/
Happyhills Studio 1 - currently vacant
Happyhills Studio 2 + 3 Knit1girl, Weaving (coming soon): http://knit1girl1.com/
Happyhills Studio 4 Tallulahbelle Bespoke Cards (coming soon): http://www.tallulahbelle.co.uk/
Happyhills Studio 5 Mad About Bears: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madabout-Bears/98134169363
The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire. KA23 9AR. Telephone: +44 (0)1294 829179. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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