Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Monday, 14 December 2015

Bewdley Museum studios available

Craft Studios at Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum
In 1969 a private Museum Trust was formed by the local people who considered Bewdley’s historical past worthy of preserving. The museum opened in 1972 and Wyre Forest District Council became trustees of the museum in 1975. The museum is housed in historic 18th century buildings including a Butchers’ Shambles and Brass Foundry.

In addition to illustrating the area’s history, the museum encourages working crafts through demonstrations, exhibits and resident craftspeople.

Visitor numbers have increased significantly over the past 10 years. In 2014 over 160,000 visitors came through the museum’s doors. There is also a varied programme of activities, events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Opening hours - 10am-4.30pm during March to 1St November

11am-3pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday throughout November and December
Studios and licences
Studios vary in size ranging from 128sq ft to 341sq ft.

Electricity is included within the rent along with a listing on the museum’s website. Craftspeople can also sell their work through the museum/TIC shop with a reduced commission rate of 10%

The site is closed during January and February, however craftspeople can still access their studios during this time and arrange for individual clients to visit.

Licences are renewed every 5 years with a break clause on either side with two months notice.
Application process
All applications will be considered, however studio space will only be allocated to craftspeople who meet the museum’s aims and objectives and have demonstrated that they can fulfil the criteria set out in the application form.
Studios are not allocated on a first come, first served basis

Decisions will be based on the following criteria:
Variety – preference will be for crafts people demonstrating an unusual or traditional skill

Quality of work and professionalism
Commitment and enthusiasm – we require all crafts people to be present in their studios for at least 3 weekends per month and 2 days per week (11am – 3.30pm) throughout the open season. Bewdley Museum

The studios

Sawyard units
Each unit is approx.

128 sq ft

£770 per annum
Shambles studio 1
243 sq ft

£1460 per annum
Shambles studio 2
231 sq ft
£1390 per annum Bewdley Museum

Application for a studio at Bewdley Museum Name
Date of birth
Are you currently self employed? Yes/No
Employed? Full time / part time / unemployed / retired
Other? E.g. training scheme

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