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The Byre Gallery


Welcome to The Byre – a contemporary craft and art gallery in Cornwall

The Byre Gallery is an elegant and welcoming space showcasing stunning works of design-led craft and contemporary fine art by leading and emerging makers and artists from throughout the UK.  Our exhibitions feature work from a number of the south west’s most notable artists and makers but we also show many highly acclaimed makers from other parts of the country who don’t appear in any other galleries in the south west.

Founded in 2014 by Elaine Dye, the Byre Gallery is open for exhibitions from late March until early January each year, we welcome visits at other times and a specially curated selection of work is always available on our stylish and popular website,

During spring and summer exhibitions the Byre is open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 5pm; the winter exhibition is open Friday to Sunday from 10:30 to 4:30pm. If you would like to visit at any other time, please just phone or email - if we're around we're always happy to open.

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.