Contemporary Applied Arts was founded in 1948, as The Crafts Council of Great Britain, preceding the current Crafts Council as the national representative for craft. In 1967, it became the British Crafts Centre, and in January 1985, Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA). Formerly located in Hay Hill, Covent Garden, and Percy Street CAA has been at its current location in Southwark since June 2013.
CAA is a registered charity set up to promote and champion British craft. CAA is the premiere exhibition and retail venue for learning about, appreciating and purchasing contemporary craft. The organization offers dedicated exhibition and retail space with a changing programme of shows and associated events.