Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

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Ruthin Craft Centre is a craft centre in the historic, market town of Ruthin north Wales.
Ruthin Craft Centre is revenue funded by the Arts Council of Wales and is part of Denbighshire County Council.
The Craft Centre until 2008 had 10 studios; today it has six, only one of which is occupied. The original Craft Centre was demolished early in 2007, and a new Craft Centre opened in July 2008 in a £4.3 million scheme which contains six craft workshops, larger galleries and an expanded craft retail gallery, two residency studios, an education space and a tourist information centre, as well as a restaurant.
The new building, by architects Sergison Bates has been widely recognised, winning the 2009 Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize, being shortlisted for the 2009 Art Fund Prize and highlighted as a 'Design Delight' by the Design Commission for Wales.
Director of the Ruthin Craft Centre, Philip Hughes, was interviewed by Culture24 during the Art Fund nomination in 2009.
The art trail was launched first in 2014, costing £250,000 to attract tourists to Ruthin town. The beginning of the trail is located in the Craft Centre, which in itself brings 90,000 visitors each year. The trail consists of ten spy holes, with 22 figures on buildings and roofs throughout the town to give a flavour of the history and folklore of Ruthin. These "spy holes" include various portrayals of Ruthin's history, from an illustration of the old livestock market, to the myth of a wild dog. Small metal figures have also been devised.
The trail is designed to tour people around Ruthin, set out with oak benches and freshly planted trees which are designed to encourage people to explore the town further. The tourists would be led up Market Street, across St. Peter's square, down Clwyd Street which leads to the Old Gaol, and through a series of other streets that will take them back to Market Street.
For travelers who use our international travel planner, Ruthin holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ruthin Craft Centre and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Met up with a friend to see the Primmy Chorley exhibition. We had a coffee beforehand in the cafe then went back in for lunch. The exhibition space is a lovely space and the shop is well stocked with ...  more »
  • Lovely cafe and art centre. Well worth short visit. Great coffee and cakes. Exhibitions change often. Art shop has exclusive gifts and lovely cards. Clean toilets.  more »
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  • A good facility, well arranged art exhibition and good cafe. Easy parking.
  • A marvellous place and almost unique in my experience, where craft is valued equally with the Art World. Always inspirational!
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