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Christmas Giveaway

Make a purchase in any of our studios or in our our online shop between Saturday 19th November and Thursday 15th December to be in with a chance of winning one of four mini hampers filled with handmade goodies. Complete the entry slip provided in the studio when you make your purchase and post it…

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On the Wire: The 12 Days of Christmas

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is currently playing host to four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree! Created by resident paper artist, Kate Kelly of Kaper, the colourful menagerie have made their home in five giant gold rings which have been suspended from a wire below…

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Meet our new makers

With the official launch of our first ever glass exhibition – Heated Exchanges – just days away, we’re delighted to be welcoming two new resident glass artists to Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Gemma Truman (pictured) and Michelle Keeling will take up residence in Studio 26 this November, bringing with them an exciting combination of blown and kiln-formed glassware. After graduating…

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Autumn at MCDC

Fri 9th Sept – Sun 30th October, Mon-Sat 10-5.30 & Sun 11-5, free Exhibition: HAND CRAFT We’ve joined forces with emergent British design studio HAND to capture the creativity of our Resident Makers and other creatives from across Manchester, and to celebrate craft, collaboration and the heritage of Manchester Craft & Design Centre in this exhibition. More info here……

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The Making of HAND CRAFT

The Making of HAND CRAFT

“HAND CRAFT is an exhibition about the celebration of craft, collaboration and heritage of the Craft Centre. We have taken an iconic piece of the building as a starting point and split the form up into 49 pieces to fit on our HAND 01.1 table. We have invited creatives from the Craft Centre to customise…

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MCDC Spotted Graduate Shortlisted for Award

Following her selection for this year’s MCDC’S Spotted series we are pleased to share that jeweller Lily Read has been shortlisted for the E.C. One Unsigned Award 2016. Ten new graduates have been shortlisted for this annual award and the four winning jewellers will be decided by the public. We think Lily’s geometric jewellery perfectly pairs traditional silversmithing…

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Summertime well spent at MCDC

Your time is precious: spend it with friends, spend it with family, spend it well this Summer at Manchester Craft & Design Centre Enjoy lunch with the family, grab a beer with friends, see our makers at work and experience some of the best contemporary craft and design the North West has to offer. Rain…

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Apply for Hothouse 2017

What is Hothouse? Hothouse is a six-month business and creative development programme for emerging craft makers. Delivered by the Crafts Council in partnership with professional development and craft organisations across the country, the programme provides participants with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful craft practice and helps nurture a strong peer network. Apply for…

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Science in the City

22 – 29 July 2016 To celebrate Manchester being the first UK city to be designated European City of Science, a free week long festival – Science in the City – is taking place alongside the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). What’s on at MCDC? Biological Atelier: The Showroom The year is 2082. Materials are not made, but grown;…

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Job Vacancy: Operations Manager

Operations Manager Manchester Craft & Design Centre 2 days per week £18,000.00 pro rata (14 hours per week) Fixed Term Contract until 31/3/2017 Manchester Craft and Design Centre (MCAD) offers a unique space for makers to create, present and sell the best of contemporary craft and design to the public and has done since 1982….

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Studio Vacancy

Are you looking for a supportive and creative environment to establish your business? Manchester Craft & Design Centre is a unique space in a City Centre location visited by 100,000 members of the public every year. We pride ourselves on supporting, developing and showcasing unique and talented makers, artists and designers. We champion original work, made by craftspeople and…

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Joshua Till

MMU Graduate Awards 2016

At Manchester Craft & Design Centre we’re passionate about supporting new graduates and bridging the gap between graduation and professional practice. MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award Winner Josh Till Now in its eleventh year, our MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award offers one talented graduate a sponsored award package which includes bespoke professional development support, extensive…

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Bolton Showcase Winners Announced!

At Manchester Craft & Design Centre we’re passionate about supporting new graduates and bridging the gap between graduation and professional practice. Part of this work includes awarding a pop-up showcase to two Textiles & Surface Design graduates from The University of Bolton. The standard of work on show at Bolton this year was so high that…

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Joshua Till

MMU Graduate Award Winner Announced!

The team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at regional and national graduate shows since 2011, and have been awarding exhibitions to graduates for the last 10 years! We hand-pick makers who we think are the “ones to watch” in the world of contemporary craft & design. We then support, promote and publicise these…

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Biological Atelier: The Context

Amy Congdon uses speculative design work to investigate the implications of engaging with new technologies, such as biotechnology. The artwork featured in the exhibition – and used in the promotional materials – is Amy’s work, which she uses to provoke debate and discussion into the implications of engaging with these technologies. The Biological Atelier project was an exploration…

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Ella McIntosh wins two awards at Pewter Live

  THIS IS PEWTERS’s Ella McIntosh has won the Open Competition & Best In Show at Pewter Live 2016 with her canapé platter. The show, organised by The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, took place at Pewterers Hall this week. British designer Sebastian Conran was the Honorary Chairman of the judges and Professor Frances Corner OBE…

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What’s on at MCDC this Spring

This Spring at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, shop for unique and original Mother’s Day and Easter gifts, and come along to one of our interesting and inspiring events which include exhibitions, craft workshops and artist talks… Thursday 25th February Free Exhibition Launch Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard This exhibition of thought-provoking ceramic forms launches with…

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Design Event MART

Design Event MART Open Call

Design Event is a not-for-profit design-led organisation existing to support and promote design in the North of England. Each year, Design Event run a programme of activity that promotes and showcases design and supports designers. Design Event MART Design Event MART is a curated selling exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary design from the North…

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Craft & Design Month 2016

Craft & Design Month May 2016

Manchester Craft & Design is supporting Craft and Design Month in May 2016  – an exciting nationwide project designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country. Christine Hitchins, Marketing Manager here at MCDC, says: “We’re supporting Craft and Design Month 2016 as we recognise the importance of being able to choose…

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Go Behind Closed Doors…

Watch this 90 second film of our current exhibition – Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard. Like what you see? The exhibition is on show here at MCDC until May 29th.

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What goes on... Behind Closed Doors

What goes on…Behind Closed Doors

Celebrating 10 years of our MMU Graduate Award Find out what happened when we went Behind Closed Doors with Verity Howard… “I normally start with a concept, and this one was taking photos in through people’s windows. I wasn’t trying to be voyeuristic or intrusive, I’ve just always been really fascinated with how, when you…

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Souvenir Newspaper - Celebrating 10 Years of Graduate Talent

Souvenir newspaper Celebrates 10 Years of Graduate Talent

This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Graduate Solo Exhibition Award, an annual prize awarded to a Manchester Metropolitan University graduate who shows exceptional talent and potential. The Award supports designer-makers in the challenging period between graduation and setting up their creative business, and includes a year of bespoke professional development support from…

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Celebrating 10 Years of our MMU Graduate Award

Our MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award offers one talented graduate a sponsored award package which includes bespoke professional development support, extensive promotion through our online media and a solo exhibition here at MCDC a year after graduation. In 2015 the Award was won by ceramicist, Verity Howard whose solo exhibition, Behind Closed Doors, takes place here at…

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MCDC partners with Busslr

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Busslr, a new social events platform designed to make organising events and activities easy, intuitive and interactive. We think their Mobile App is going to be a really cool tool for us to communicate with you so we’re encouraging all of you to take a minute to download the…

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MCDC partnering with Hothouse in 2016

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is once again participating in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme as a partner in the North Cohort. Other partners include Manchester Metropolitan University, The Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool, Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield, Design Event in Newcastle upon Tyne and Creative Lancashire in partnership with University of Central Lancashire. Hothouse provides emerging makers (within three years…

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Exploring Wonderland

Exploring Wonderland relived

The magical story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has fired the imagination of children – and adults – for a century and a half. 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of its original publication and to celebrate, we invited Manchester Jewellers Network (MJN) to take over our exhibition space. The exhibition, which ran from November 2015 to February 2016, was a showcase of…

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Waterside Open: Call for Entries

Waterside Open, 2nd April – 2nd July 2016 Waterside Arts Centre, Sale M33 7ZF Waterside Open 2016 will showcase a wide range of high quality and contemporary art, craft and design from established and emerging artists, designers and makers from the North West and across the UK. CALL FOR ENTRIES Work can be submitted in…

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Glass Fusing Workshop

Help shape the future of our workshops

Our workshop programme here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre gives the public the opportunity to engage with one of our resident or exhibiting makers, and learn more about their creative practice, influences and skills. Workshop participants also have the chance to create a completed object to take away, along with new skills to continue with making at home. We need your help…

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Own a beautiful Jessica Owen painting

We’re excited to announce that northern-scapes are giving you the opportunity to purchase a beautiful Jessica Owen original painting through a sealed bids auction. The painting – currently on display in Farrow & Ball’s Deansgate showroom – is called Groynes Embrace A Sleepy Sea. Measuring 100 x 110 cms, the canvas is painted exclusively in the nine new colours…

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