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Start or develop your craft collection

Emmeline Hastings, 'Hand carved Neckpiece', perspex, silicone, titanium and 18ct gold with magnet, 2013. Courtesy of Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery. Photo: Emmeline Hastings.

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Peter Layton, Cascade Group, Glass. Courtesy of London Glassblowing and the artist.

Peter Layton, Cascade Group, Glass. Courtesy of London Glassblowing and the artist.

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Rose Ellen Cobb, Vintage Drop Earings, Ceramic. Courtesy of New Ashgate Gallery and the artist.

Rose Ellen Cobb, Vintage Drop Earings, Ceramic. Courtesy of New Ashgate Gallery and the artist.

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Abigail Brown, Small ‘Swirling’ Vase in fine silver. Courtesy of Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery. Photo: Ben Rowe.

Abigail Brown, Small ‘Swirling’ Vase in fine silver. Courtesy of Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery. Photo: Ben Rowe.

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Lister & Bell, Leather bag, textile. Courtesy of The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, and the artist.

Lister & Bell, Leather bag, textile. Courtesy of The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, and the artist.

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Own Art makes buying contemporary art and craft easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan. You can borrow up to £2,500 or as little as £100.

Give the gift of contemporary craft

With Christmas just around the corner, why not spread the cost of your shopping this year and inspire a friend or family member with the gift of contemporary craft.

With Own Art you can select several lower value items that bring the total purchase price to over £100 - perfect for spreading the cost of your shopping! At the same time, your purchase will be supporting home-grown talent, independent galleries, artists and makers.

There are a whole host of galleries to visit and thousands of original works to choose from, so what are you waiting for?

Find craft

You can search for galleries and organisations that sell contemporary craft using our Find a Gallery search facility. Simply select 'craft' in the artform search to bring up a full list and then you're ready to get out there!

You can find out more detailed information about how to use the scheme in our 'What is Own Art'? section.

Collect contemporary craft

Contemporary craft can be a more accessible and affordable entry point to owning something unique and handmade by an artist or craftsperson.  Craft offers a wealth of choice and buyers can explore everything from jewellery to furniture and everything in between. Be amazed at the variety of methods and materials, traditional and cutting edge techniques that are used in the creation of contemporary craft.

Collecting can simply be an enjoyable hobby whilst for others it’s a serious, professional activity. Whatever your level of interest, collecting is open to all and you might be surprised about how your passion develops.

Regardless of your rationale and budget for buying, forming a relationship with the work and settling on the highest standard of craftsmanship every time should be one of your basic purchasing principles.

Find out more about the different types of craft available here or watch our films with contemporary craft buyers and collectors.

Help and resources

Make use of the help, resources and publications available that will enrich your experience of finding, buying and collecting contemporary craft - with or without Own Art. You can also sign up to our monthly newsletter which will keep you in the loop.

Craft Finder select designer-makers so you can be sure of finding the highest quality workmanship and the most inspired pieces. Listing over 700 stockists from the Scilly Isles to Southwold, which include galleries and craft fairs, you're bound to find something you like!

The Crafts Council have an excellent website packed with events information and ways to explore contemporary craft as well as professional development information for makers, curators and anyone interested in the subject.

You should also check out Craftspace, Craft Scotland and Craft Northern Ireland too!

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