The exhibition is a result of the first year of Craft School, Yinka's Challenge — a national programme for schools that challenges learners aged 5-16 to get making. Led by leading London-based artist Yinka Ilori, children from across the country took part in a schools’ challenge to craft new work in response to the themes of play, storytelling, and empowerment. Underpinned by Make First, the Craft’s Council’s craft pedagogy, the challenge placed materials into the hands of young people to encourage ‘thinking through making’.

At Craft School, visitors can see the winning work of learners and teachers on display, alongside objects from the Crafts Council’s Collection. There will be opportunities for children and families to make, play, get hands-on with objects from the collection and take part in discussions around the importance of craft in classrooms.

With opportunities for craft learning rapidly disappearing from our schools, Craft School is a celebration of the tenacity and creativity of teachers who carve out time and space for making in their classrooms against the odds. The work on display shouts from the rooftops about the joy of making and the importance of open-ended play with materials for children and young people.

Schools can visit the gallery alone for self-directed trips or book a facilitated visit with an introduction delivered by a Craft Council team member on the following days: 11, 12, 18, 19 July. To book your group visit please email:

Crafts Council Gallery

Crafts Council, 44A Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY

020 7806 2500


Opening times

Wednesday to Saturday

11AM to 5PM

Crafts Council Gallery is committed to making its spaces safe for staff and visitors. We have therefore put systems and interventions in place to ensure everybody’s safety and security is prioritised. This includes:

· operating with reduced visitor capacity

· timed entry slots via our online booking system

· hand sanitisation stations

· safety signage and markers throughout the gallery

· a perspex screen at the welcome desk.

If you or anyone you live with has Covid-19 symptoms, or if you have been in recent contact with someone who has Covid-19, we ask that you please postpone your visit to the gallery.

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