Craft centre now able to offer a recognised qualification for pupils

An arts and craft centre in Harborough has been granted an Arts Award Advisor certification meaning visitors to the centre can now gain qualifications while attending art courses there.

Leicestershire Craft Centre’s owner Katharine Wright recently attained the Arts Award Advisor status accredited by Trinity College, London, to further develop the centre’s Artists in Education platform, offering support for schools and individuals.

Leicestershire Craft Centre, based at 10a High Street in Harborough, above the Monsoon shop, offers courses at its studio to people from the total novice to seasoned crafter, with more than 80 different courses from painting and drawing to jewellery-making and paper crafts.

With sewing as Katharine’s particular passion, these courses are a firm favourite.

The centre also runs courses for pre-schoolers and school-age children. District schools receive art and design curriculum support from Katharine and craft centre tutor Andrea Greenaway, who take pupils through a wide range of techniques with projects falling in line with topics being studied in the wider school curriculum.

Recent projects include a full tapestry at Harborough’s Ridgeway Primary School and two very individual projects at Water Leys Primary School in Wigston; a school-wide Everlasting Garden and a felting project to create an artwork for its school hall. 

Arts Award Advisor status means Katharine can help children aged five to 11 gain a nationally recognised award while being creative.

“It is a great framework for developing new skills, becoming inspired and simply learning about and enjoying the arts,” Katharine said.

“Plus it ties in well with schools who have, or are hoping to achieve Artsmark status as offering Arts Award demonstrates that the school recognises arts achievements and student leadership talents.”

Last year Leicestershire Craft Centre undertook a community project where children from town schools, as well as some adults, were invited to decorate a fish template in whatever way they wanted. The fishes were then used to create an exhibition at the LCB Depot, a creative hub at the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

The exhibition ran for two weeks with more than 1,000 individually designed fish used to create the exhibition.

Katharine and Andrea ran the project last year and are planning another for later this year involving wool.

Katharine said: “We are planning to run a competition for local schools, community groups and individuals in the near future. More details will be available soon and we are very excited to see what fantastic creativity Leicestershire can show us again.” 

For more information, course booking or to read more about the work that Katharine and her tutors do at the craft centre, see the website or call 01858 466692.