Testimonials – Talks & Guided Visits

Images Above: Guided visit and exhibition Tour (left) and The Art of The Potter display at The Hepworth (right). Photography by Fran Gill-Smith.

Our guided visits are curated by Fran Gill-Smith, Bdc trustee and printmaker Gill Curry and local jeweller Linda Jones. This includes visits to other venues to see new exhibitions, maker studios or places of cultural interest, often supported by curator and maker talks. Our intention is to introduce our Friends of the Bdc, regular attendees and new audiences to other craft related events as well as the opportunity to visit new venues and the wider arts scene.

Makers are the focus of our work at Bdc and we believe there is nothing more inspiring than the opportunity to hear a maker talk about their work and studio practice, or give a demonstration. Our programme of maker talks animate the work we display and offers a greater level of appreciation and understanding of the materials, processes, skills and technologies of contemporary craft.

Here’s what our customers thought about our recent guided visit to The Hepworth, Wakefield & Yorkshire Sculpture Park:

“I thought the trip was exhilarating, I loved every minute.”

– Chris

“It was a day of acquiring some very good memories for us. It was a combination of enjoying beautiful things and meeting people. Thank you very much again for being so kind and considerate.”

– Trip Attendee

“The guide we had was excellent and his knowledge made the exhibition come alive. Yorkshire Sculpture Park was very impressive. Everyone was friendly and the visit really helped me. Thank you very much for organising the event.”

– Beverley

“A big thank you for organising a great day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next one.”

– Trip attendee

“A couple of times a year I am privileged to join Bdc friends and supporters on forays into the world of creativity. The Hepworth is an impressive building full of delights, inside and out. We had a tour from a potter whose enthusiasm was infectious. It’s the best way to concentrate on specific pieces, to take time to look and to learn about the artists and their pots. I had a fine day, thank you.”

– Anna

“The trip to The Hepworth and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park with the BDC was a real treat. It was a full day of creative talk, the soaking up of ideas, and the catching up with good friends. A wonderful day to remember.”

– Ruth

“Thanks for a Grand Day Out!”

– Jess

“Once again the cultural visit organised by the Bdc was a very enjoyable and well-attended event. We were hosted by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable curator who encouraged us to look, and look again at the gallery’s acquisitions.”

– Patricia

“Thank you so much for organising such a splendid trip. The super comfortable bus, insightful talk at The Hepworth and the streamlined arrangements were so welcome.”

– Ann

Images: Erwin Wurm outdoor sculpture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (left) and guided tour at The Hepworth (right). Photography by Fran Gill-Smith.