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A three-page handwritten letter to Molly Curley from Paddy Broughton. This document is in black ink on white paper. This document was found in a file labelled ‘Publicity for Exhibitions’.

The letter states that enclosed with it is a ‘voting form’ along with some pictures of the work that Broughton does with his crafts partner. It appears from the letter the Broughton makes toys. Broughton wishes Molly luck with a shop that the Guild is opening and offers some toys to be stocked there. In the top right-hand corner of this letter there is a logo for ‘Swallow Tail Hand Made in Wood’. Presumably this is Broughton's crafts business therefore the toys being offered are most likely wooden.

The reverse side of the first page states that Broughton exhibits in England and Wales and they are looking to find a way to represent that they are part of the MGW. Broughton has also submitted work to ‘Art in Action’. Despite missing applications for an exhibition with the Guild at Cwmbran and Ruthin, Broughton says he would still like to take part in these exhibitions.

The final page states that Broughton would still like to receive application for MGW exhibitions. Currently, Broughton states, the ‘balancing… between designing, making & ‘administration’’ is tough.

The Makers’ Guild in Wales was formed in 1984 as a maker co-operative to bring together and promote the best of Welsh craft talent. The guild consists of craftsmen and women and is fully committed to its charitable aims, namely the promotion and preservation of applied art and craft skills, by presenting Welsh-based work of the highest quality for the public to view. Since its establishment, it has gained status in producing internationally recognised craft and art. Currently, the organisation has 79 Wales-based maker-members. Prior to settling at Craft in the Bay, which has been in several locations in Cardiff Bay, the guild was based at the Old Library craft centre from 1989 to 1995. The guild also spent some time at St David’s Hall. It is now based in the reconstructed ‘D’ Shed on the Flourish in Cardiff Bay.

In the beginning, The Makers ‘Guild in Wales was wholly run by volunteers; there were no paid staff positions until the mid to late 1990s. The Makers Guild still relies on the help of volunteers to work in the gallery space; they have played a vital role in the sustainability of the craft organisation.
(Source:, accessed 09/01/2018.)

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