Artists and artisans

Buying from local artists and artisans not only supports their work and the community, it can also be a great way of sourcing truly original gifts.

Our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch in their areas.


North East



Paintbrush and paintThe Hearth Northumberland

Resident artists at this thriving arts centre and cafe work in a variety of mediums, including watercolour, ceramics, original print, and felted, embroidered and woven textiles. The Hearth welcomes visitors and the art is available to buy.


Craft materialsToffee Factory Ouseburn

As part of the Ouseburn Open Studios, a spring fair is being held here on 23 March. Make a bespoke gift for your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother or even yourself, at a textile flower brooch-making workshop run by HooBooBunny. You will also be able to purchase affordable work by local artists and designers and enjoy refreshments.


North West




Philips Art GalleryPhilips Art Gallery Manchester 

Philips Art Gallery opened in 1996 with an exhibition of paintings by a handful of graduates from the art schools of England and Scotland. Fifteen years on, 20th century British and European art features prominently in gallery exhibitions alongside contemporary painting and photography.






Paint brushes and pots

Flubberby Art Boutique Lichfield

Work from more than 30 artists is available to buy at Flubberby Art Boutique. It also sells craft supplies and runs classes including craft and chat, card making, rubber stamping, make and take, and networking.


East of England




Cambridge Art Salon

 Cambridge Art Salon Cambridge

The Cambridge Art Salon is all about art produced by the public, for the public. Its community gallery is home to a range of contemporary art from community groups and individual artists across the local community and surrounding region.


Babylon GalleryBabylon Gallery Ely

This gallery, run by Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire with the help of a large number of volunteers, is housed inside an 18th century brewery warehouse. It hosts local, regional and national exhibitions of contemporary art and craft.


Floral paintingBarbara Anna Cichocka Norwich

Barbara is a member of the West Norfolk Artists Association and exhibits her work locally throughout the year, as well as running open studio events. Her paintings are inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Impressionists.


Silver insect jewelleryWill Bishop Handcrafted Jewellery Boxford

Will's unique style of jewellery-making is directly influenced by his background in fine art sculpture. He creates original collections of jewellery in silver, gold and platinum, incorporating precious and semi-precious stones.






Origami box

 Bespoke Origami Shadow Boxes Greenwich

These can make good gifts for children or adults, and be made using a wide range of colours and materials, often found by the artist, such as petals, leaves and shells. Pieces are usually based on origami butterflies.


South East




Cat paintingMuzio Studio Gravesend

Diane Muzio's studio creates bespoke children's paintings on canvas, of favourite characters or any other image - unicorns, fairies, cars, diggers, trucks, bears, magical scenes and more. Canvases are hand-painted and made to order.






Pottery wheel

Mary Rose Young Pottery Lydney

Mary Rose Young is a ceramic artist based in the Forest of Dean who works with a team of five. You can visit her workshop for a tour, or to try your hand at decorating a plate, and of course purchase art.





Glass piece


Glass by Kathryn Fife

Kathryn Neale is a Scottish artist and designer who started Glass by Kathryn in 2007.  She makes all her glass pieces in her studio at the cART shed, including hangings, clocks, coasters, candles, holders, jewellery wall panels, and garden art sculptures.  Commisions are welcome.





Form Contemporary CraftForm Contemporary Craft Blaenau Gwent & Torfaen

Form Contemporary Craft has been running since 2008, specialising in jewellery and ceramics.  The gallery also holds regular showcase exhibitions.



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