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Leeds Craft Centre Team Mingle with the Stars at Glittering White Rose Awards…

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery team attended the prestigious White Rose Awards in Leeds as an Arts & Culture Finalist lastnight in what was a star-studded occasion. The awards, run by Welcome to Yorkshire, recognise and reward the very best of the tourism industry throughout Yorkshire. Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, commented before the awards saying: “The White Rose Awards 2015 promises to be the biggest and best yet with some exciting performances and some very special guests.” And he wasn’t wrong after the show included guests Gary Barlow and Tim Firth fresh from the Calendar Girls production rehearsals, Lizzie Jones, the widow of rugby league star Danny Jones, who opened the show, the original Calendar Girls, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos players as well as stars from Emmerdale. Leeds’ Nile Wilson was also at the event fresh from helping to take Britain to an historic Gymnastics World Championships team silver.

Winners were announced across 16 categories ranging from Large Visitor Attraction to Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year at the event at first direct arena Leeds and although The Craft Centre and Design Gallery didn’t win their category they’re extremely proud of being a finalist and thanked their makers, visitors and dedicated team from the past 33 years for contributing to their success.

Now it’s back to work for The Craft Centre ladies as they continue with their exciting Winter Exhibition programme where they’re now making preparations to welcome in jewellers for their British Jewellery Show which starts on 18th November. Visitors can expect to see necklaces, earrings, brooches and bracelets hand crafted by some of the best of British Jewellers alongside the rest of their exciting exhibitions including a Solo Print Exhibition by Carry Akroyd, Ceramic Showcase by Blandine Anderson, a whole host of inspiring ceramics, glass and mixed media pieces in their ever-increasing Winter Craft Show and a touring Jewellery Show called Manifest. All works are for sale and with Christmas only round the corner Craft Centre really is one of the top attractions for visitors to get inspired by the very best of contemporary craft.

Here’s a closer look at the work of Jeweller Nick Hubbard, whose work is featured in forthcoming exhibition The British Jewellery Show from the 18th November. Nick’s work is a figurative collection of oxidised silver and whimsical charms bearing original words and messages. The collection has been inspired by the “unfolding of stories of words, by songs that could be held and by films that move us from here to eternity.” The collection varies from figurative lockets, brooches and other keepsakes which have moving parts and opening doors revealing intricate gold detail beneath. Sadly Nick passed away in 2013 but his friendly and talented team who shared Nick's passion for good design and their love for jewellery continue with his work.

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