CAA is not just a great showcase of applied art but a gallery with a mission, as befits a charity. That is to open the eyes of the wider public to the magnificence and mystery of contemporary craft. In a world obsessed with money the creativity and ideals of our makers, and the wonderful things they bring into being, are truly indispensable.
Lord Phillips of Sudbury OBE
Patron of CAA
The applied arts today sit on the edge of contemporary art, design and craft. The blurring of these boundaries means that the understanding of how to make finely crafted objects and understand materials is all the more important in society today.
CAA’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and understanding of the fine crafts in Britain. We aim to ensure that excellence in the applied arts is recognised, valued, understood and enjoyed by the widest possible audiences.
This supports our members and also offers a genuine contribution to society at a time when the “virtual” world is growing ever more prominent and the practical knowledge of materials, making and traditional skills are under threat.
The long-term vision of the organisation is to support not just our member makers but also the applied arts in general. We aim to help raise the profile of crafts amongst the general public; bring to prominence crafted objects and their makers; to support member makers at all stages of their careers; and to put British crafts in the spotlight, both at home and abroad. CAA honours our vision by contributing to the current repositioning of the crafts as a vibrant and evermore relevant part of the art world and, more broadly, of society. The applied arts are capable of making a serious and genuine contribution to the cultural health of our nation.
CAA aims to demonstrate how the applied arts are vital to our culture and how engagement with them has the power to improve the quality of life, transform the experience of the everyday and connect us to our senses. The applied arts have the potential to address social issues and encourage life-long learning. They have an intrinsic value of their own with the potential to enrich the life experience of everyone.
CAA does not receive any government or regular funding. We have no shareholders and all earned income is reinvested in the gallery and our charitable activities. We are a mixed business model, with revenues generated from membership fees and a retail gallery which competes commercially with some of the best galleries in the UK and internationally. This organisational model, challenging yet enormously rewarding, is enriched by a range of charitable activities and advocacy initiatives.
Become a Friend
Becoming a Friend is a great way to support CAA. Friends receive regular mailings including invitations to private views and information on forthcoming activities, talks, and special events. Friends also receive a 10% discount on purchases between £200 and £2000. Supporting CAA costs from just £50 a year.
If you would like to support our activities, you can make a secure donation via JustGiving.
As a registered charity, CAA can claim Gift Aid on your donation if you are a UK taxpayer. Please complete a Gift Aid declaration to increase the value of your donation.
Join the Collectors’ Circle
A ‘Collectors’ Circle’ of supporters was launched in 2016; their donations enable the gallery to work creatively on exhibitions, education and outreach.
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering at CAA.
Please contact us if you consider leaving a legacy to CAA.
CAA has long-standing experience in delivering popular community outreach programmes and is open to discussing CSR partnerships. Please contact us for more information.