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Contemporary Applied Arts

Community Partners
Bringing people and communities together through learning British crafts
89 Southwark Street
SE1 0HX
Síle Kelleher (pronounced Sheila)
Corporate Responsibility Manager
  • Banner made by local primary school children

Contemporary Applied Arts is London's original multi-disciplinary applied arts gallery and they champion and promote only the very best of British craft. The objects and purposes of CAA are wholly charitable and are to preserve, promote and advocate for fine craftsmanship in the United Kingdom. In particular, they aim to further the study and understanding of the crafts in the UK by encouraging people to learn from CAA’s activities, exhibitions and displays and to act as a champion for the crafts, working to ensure that excellence in the applied arts is recognised, valued, experienced and enjoyed by the widest possible audiences.

They work with different Southwark-based groups, providing learning sessions which are designed to encourage engagement and participation in crafts and active making. Encouraging a sense of local pride and giving a better understanding of Southwark’s rich creative history within the community.

CAA work with three diverse audiences: school aged children, youth (teenagers) and older residents. The approach taken with each group is tailored to their needs and learning abilities, encouraging the development of skills. Each group works with a dedicated craft maker/artist throughout the project, with a focus on a single discipline. The sessions have a social element, fostering discussion and interaction amongst participants and craft leaders.

Feedback is very positive from participants

‘I really enjoyed the entire three days of the workshop. It was extremely engaging, it stirred the imagination and for someone like me, who finds art of any sort difficult and not my thing, I was quite glad, grateful for the opportunity to learn and try my hand at it. The teachers were very helpful and encouraging.’ 

‘You’ve got something good going on here—it’s like paradise to me, it opens the mind!’ – Blackfriars Settlement participants

See a range of ways for you to support the work of CAA here.

CAA are a membership organisation, comprising 350 leading British-based makers, professionals who create unique pieces in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, wood and furniture - demonstrating a perfect harmony of technical skill and artistic vision. CAA’s Southwark Street gallery is a respected place for learning about, appreciating and purchasing contemporary craft.

Registered Charity No 235914