The Craft Centre will reopen on Saturday 1st May 2021
As the restrictions are lifted we are keeping the one way system through the shop, and numbers inside down to 8. We would like you to still wear a mask - but the choice is yours.
We have a programme of workshops throughout the season. No booking is required, and they are open to everyone. Inside the shop we also have a stock of craft materials and kits to make up. Proceeds are going to help refurbish the building.
Hello and welcome to our website
We are a group of artists and crafters who produce a range of high quality hand made goods to sell in St Peters Church from April to November. We are known as Staithes Arts and Crafts (SAAC)
The makers range from gifted hobbyists to successful professionals , each sharing the day to day running of the centre and supporting each other in our quest to deliver a first class outlet of unique pieces.
Our range of goods includes - fine art paintings, jewellery, ceramics, driftwood sculptures, textile art, photography, feltwork, papercraft, printwork and much more. We hold a great selection of unique greetings cards, coasters and prints. It has been described as an Aladdin's cave of delights.
The Craft Centre started over 30 years ago under the name of 'We Made It'. A group of Staithes friends got together to sell their hand made wares, firstly at the gallery, and later at a variety of venues. These included the tiny building, (since demolished), outside what is now Trudie's, and the old school room - also demolished. The old Methodist Chapel schoolroom was also host for a time.
It ran for several years until a collaboration was formed with the church at St Peters. The church was struggling to remain viable and was in a terrible state of repair. The craft group offered to pay a fee to the church in exchange for the space and freedom to use the building. The constitution of the building was divided into St Peters Church and separately the Arts and Crafts group.
Since that time, the Arts and Crafts group has contributed a substantial amount of its takings to the upkeep of the building, and together with grants, fundraising activities etc, the building has been maintained and improved The crumbling structure was repaired and made safe, windows repaired or replaced and original features restored. One member vividly remembers sitting behind the counter in the early days with her young daughter whilst bits of flaking paint and plaster from the ceiling fell from above . The building has protected status and the basic fabric of it cannot be altered.
In the last few years, central heating and WiFi have been installed, exhibition standard hanging wires are on both floors and the whole building is in a good state of repair and decoration. The most recent refurbishment ,completed mid 2019, include a much needed damp course, new kitchen and toilet facilities and LED lighting in the Craft Hall.
The Craft Centre remains a great opportunity , not only for the current artists using it from Easter to the end of October, but for the whole community. In November 2020, The St Peters CIC was formed to ensure the ongoing upkeep of the building and to create a thriving community hub for the use of the whole village and surrounding areas. SAAC continue to support them and work together with them to fundraise and help create a number of events throughout the year.
We are planning an annual calendar of events including, workshops, exhibitions, musical gatherings, coffee mornings etc
If you would like to put on an event, or like to be informed of upcoming events , in please get in touch by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org