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Contemporary Applied Arts

Contemporary Applied Arts is a shop and gallery showcasing and selling unique pieces by British craftmakers.

Shop for handmade textiles, ceramics, furniture, gifts, homeware and more. Look out for the changing programme of art shows that take place in the space.

Contemporary Applied Arts was founded in 1948, as The Crafts Council of Great Britain, preceding the current Crafts Council as the national representative for craft. In 1967, it became the British Crafts Centre, and in January 1985, Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA). 

CAA is a registered charity set up to promote and champion British craft. CAA is the premiere exhibition and retail venue for learning about, appreciating and purchasing contemporary craft.

Celebrate Shakespeare's Story in Bankside:

Bankside was the home of William Shakespeare and the place where his most famous works were once created and performed. This April marks the 400th anniversary of his death and Bankside will be celebrating his legacy with a series of special events.

CAA are getting involved by exhibiting the work of three contemporary craft makers who have found inspiration in the words of Shakespeare. The objects on show include the work of textile artist Neil Bottle, fine bookbinder Tracey Rowledge and jeweller Kayo Saito. Find out more about their Shakespeare 400 exhibition here.


Opening Times: 
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
89 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX, United Kingdom
020 7620 0086
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