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About us

Transforming lives

"The Making's imaginative approach to bringing craft and design to wider audiences through an engagement with making and spectacle, is exemplary."
Institute of Education, University of London

The Making is a pioneering craft development agency based in Hampshire. It promotes high quality contemporary art, craft and design and inspires new audiences to engage with the art of making.

Learning through making combines ideas, materials, art and human skill. It is one of the most rewarding, inclusive and inspiring ways to learn. The Making employs only the finest professional artists and art teachers and is committed to nurturing creativity, excellence and innovation.

We deliver high quality arts programmes that are dynamic, inventive and relevant to people's lives. We bring families and communities together by producing imaginative events in non-traditional venues such as village halls, parks and shopping centres. We pilot new approaches to informal learning. We champion art in public places. We also support artists and arts educators by providing them with employment, promotion opportunities, on-line resources and training.

Significant outcomes have been the development of The Theatre of Making, Skills in the Making and our latest initiative, Festival Makers. Our Festival Makers programme forms part of the World Party in the Park.

Based in Hampshire, The Making is supported by Hampshire County Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and a range of trusts and foundations.

The Making is a registered charity (No.1103148) and a company (No.4482627) limited by guarantee. It has a dedicated staff team and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The company's registered office is listed on our Contact Us page.

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Header image: Junko Mori 2004 - Photo Matthew Hollow.Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon Gallery