50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9AR.  Telephone: 01294 829179, Email: info@crafttownscotland.org

The Barony Centre is open 6 days per week throughout the year: Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm.

The Barony Centre Cafe opens Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm.

West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd has created  the Barony Centre as a focal point for Craft Town Scotland.  Within one beautifully designed venue, visitors can choose from a range of stunning craft work in the Gallery Shop, take part in creative activities and finish the visit off by sampling the Barony cafe's freshly made coffee and home baking.

 

The Barony Centre opened to the public on the 1st of May 2012 and was made possible by the following awards:

GCA Big Lottery Fund Scotland: £881,154

Town Centre Regeneration Fund: £296,290

Ayrshire LEADER: £266,634

Third Sector Enterprise Fund: £95,000

Robertson Trust: £60,000

North Ayrshire Council Landfill Communities Fund: £25,000

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: £11,000

The Barony Centre, Photography by David Barbour

 

Ground level

Retail Area:

  • The area leads directly on from an entrance hall and is designed to display a wide range of accessibly priced craftwork well, thereby creating opportunities for retail sales. It will incorporate display and sales points for a combination of craft goods organised in 4 distinct sections
  • Gift Items manufactured by skilled local amateur makers
  • Gift items manufactured by skilled semi-professional makers from local area and West of Scotland
  • Accessibly priced collectable items made by established skilled designer-makers of national and international standard
  • Craft Town Scotland branded merchandise

 

Small flexible cafe space

  • Capable of seating 24, serves fabulous coffee and delicious home baking freshly made on the premises.

 

The Barony Centre Cafe, Photography by Simon Murphy.

Mezzanine area

  • This area has been specifically designed to retain a strong visual link between it and the space below by incorporating large areas of glass within the structure.
  • Its design reflects the town's weaving heritage in a pared down abstraction of loom and warp threads.
  • In addition to the practical requirements of operating flexible creative workshop spaces, the architect's brief reinforced the clients desire that the link between the creative process, in all its stages through research and development to the finished piece, and the space below be maintained.

The Robertson Trust Learning Studio:

  • The dedicated Learning Space will allow us to support an annual inclusive programme of lifelong learning activities, accommodating groups of up to 20.
  • The studio will be flexible, with sinks and equipment screened off when not in use.

Masterclass Studio:

  • The studio will support emerging and established artists by providing an opportunity for established artists to create a new body of work, whilst encouraging professional development in other emerging artists by exposure to the inspiring atmosphere of working alongside established professionals in a Master Class series of events.
The Barony Centre, The Robertson Trust Learning Studio and Masterclass Studio. Photography by David Barbour

 

A public consultation

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» Our Barony "I want that..." chats - A public consultation by Creativeworks on behalf of WKCIL - October 2017