The Byre is a contemporary craft and art gallery in south-east Cornwall exhibiting stunning works of design-led craft and contemporary art by leading and emerging makers and artists from throughout the UK.With three exhibitions a year – spring, summer and Christmas – The Byre is must-visit destination for all lovers of contemporary crafted work in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metals and textiles. An exhibition at The Byre shows art and craft in a recognisable – but stylised – domestic context. Using furniture in a gallery space gives the suggestion of how contemporary craft and art could look in the home. Adding a twist of themed styling creates real impact; it makes the desirable irresistibleMakers whose work has featured in exhibitions at The Byre include ceramicists Lucy Burley, Paul Cardew, Janet Stahelin Edmondson, Adam Frew, Kathryn Hearn, Jill Holland, Remon Jephcott, Pauline Lee, Loraine Rutt, Moyra Stewart and Chris Taylor; glass artists James Lethbridge, Cat MacKenzie, Charlotte Sale,Laura Smith and Ruth Shelley; jewellers Corrinne Eira Evans, Tracey Falvey, Caroline Finlay, Ellis Mhairi Cameron, Katy Luxton, Anna Pope, Lucy Spink; metalsmith Stephanie Hopkins, paper artist Claire Brewster, silversmith Abigail Brown and textile artists Nikky d’Aguilar, Claire Crompton, Annabel Hill, Helen Round and Penny Seume and Katie Wallis; and fine artist Kerry Harding.
The Byre is situated on the edge of the village of Millbrook on the beautiful Rame Peninsula in south-east Cornwall. It can be easily reached from Plymouth and west Devon and from the rest of Cornwall.The Byre offers a memorable customer experience: elegant and inviting settings showcase exciting works of design-led contemporary craft from makers based throughout the UK – working in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metals and textiles.The Byre is owned and curated by Elaine Dye a former PR and contemporary craft enthusiast who established a craft curating enterprise – Crafting Spaces – in 2010 whilst studying for a Masters degree at Plymouth College of Art. Impressed by the wealth of contemporary craft created by designer-makers in the south west – and the rest of UK – Elaine wanted to explore more imaginative and styled exhibition methods to best highlight the unique qualities of contemporary crafted objects.From 2010 – 2012 she staged three successful Crafting Spaces exhibitions: Expectations, On Reflection and A Bed of Roses at Westcroft Gallery in Kingsand while The Byre, which is adjacent to her home, was being built. After a few delays, lots of hard work and enthusiasm by builders, makers and friends, The Byre opened on the 6th October 2013 with Made in Colour.In September 2013 Elaine was invited to curate Lifecycles of Material Worlds, a foyer exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery to coincide with Making Futures international craft conference.Elaine is also an experienced business coach and mentor specialising in the creative industries.