St. Margaret's Hope
An organisation of artist and crafts people holding fairs and selling exhibitions.
With a membership of 70 artists and crafts people, the Orkney Arts and Crafts fairs and annual selling exhibition offers a wide range of high quality products in the stunning setting of the main hall in Kirkwall Community Centre. The room, once the Town Hall which has a beasutiful stained glass window, is well used as Orkney Arts and Crafts hold a 6 week exhibition and sale from the middle of June to the end of July as well as one- and two-day fairs between March and December.
The group has a long history since its birth as Orkney Craftsmens' Guild in 1967, through its development and re-naming to reflect a wider membership in 2010 to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Though members come and go, the membership list is always full and the range of goods produced by the designer-makers is of consistently high quality offering varied and diverse items.
Although nigh on impossible to list every item, a brief list of the types of products available includes:
- Woodwork, creepies (traditional Orkney stools), fine turned items
- A wide range of styles of knitting and crochet
- Soaps, bath bombs, skin preparations and body balms
- Organic botanical scented candles
- Glass work
- Cards and paperbased products
- Textiles, bags, purses, cushions, blankets, scarfs, felted products
- Art in different media including watercolour, acrylic, graphite and charcoal
- Felted and embroidered art pieces
- Fine silver and costume jewellery
- A wide range of North Ronaldsay sheep products
information about when fairs are to be held and dates for the annual exhibition can be found on the organisation's website: www.orkneyartsandcrafts.com and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/orkneyartsandcrafts/