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Studio Share Opportunity

Would you like the opportunity to sell your work here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, in a high profile location within the heart of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter? Resident makers are often looking for sharers to split the cost of renting and running a studio shop. It’s a great opportunity to get a foot in…

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Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Manchester Craft & Design Network is a monthly e-bulletin of opportunities for craft and design practitioners. We also host bi-annual Maker Meet Up events and Creative Business Development workshops throughout the year. We believe that this platform has significant potential to be developed into a wider support network for knowledge exchange and collaboration and we’re looking for…

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May is Craft & Design Month!

Manchester Craft & Design is supporting Craft and Design Month in May 2017  – 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 2017 as we recognise the importance of being able to…

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NEW Glass Workshops with TrumanKeelingStudios

We are excited to share two new glass workshops with Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s newest recruits TrumanKeelingStudios. Whilst Gemma Truman and Michelle Keeling add the finishing touches to their new home in Studio 26 the duo have announced the first in a series of glass fusing workshops which will be held in space2. In two friendly and relaxed workshops…

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Loss & Inheritance

Loss & Inheritance is a group exhibition and workshop programme by MA Art & Design students from Manchester School of Art. This two day event explores perceptions of growth and ageing and includes free drop-in craft workshops. Thursday 23rd February Exhibition 1:00-7:00pm Drop-in Workshop 1:00-4:00pm Private View 5:00-7:00pm Friday 24th February Exhibition 10:00-3:00pm Drop-in Workshop…

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Women’s Hour Craft Prize 2017

  The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017 is a BBC, Crafts Council and V&A initiative. It aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner/s or designer-maker/s resident in the UK today, in the most comprehensive prize of its kind. The prize will reward originality and excellence in concept, design and process…

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Joshua Till Modern Twist steam bending exhibition

Introducing Joshua Till

With just two weeks to go until the launch of his debut exhibition, Modern Twist, we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Till. Winner of our 2016 MMU Graduate Award, Joshua has since gone on to win Best Manchester Maker at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Highly Commended in the Furniture Makers’ Company’s Young Furniture Makers…

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Crafts Council’s Hothouse participants announced

The Crafts Council has selected 35 maker businesses to take part in the 2017 Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership with a range of organisations across the UK, including Manchester Craft & Design Centre. The list includes ceramicist Verity Howard, winner of our 2015 MMU Graduate Award and glassmaker Harry Morgan, whose work is currently on display…

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NEW DATE: Introduction to SEO for Makers

***SOLD OUT*** Introduction to SEO for Makers with Jenny Hudson, A Really Good Campaign Thursday 2 February, 10am – 2pm Location: space2, Manchester Craft & Design Centre Part of our Creative Business Development programme. Visit our online shop to book your place(s). Tickets: £15 each, 2 places available What will I learn? If you’re looking to drive more traffic to your…

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Handmade Gifts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

The perfect Valentine’s gift is handmade… We know, we know… you don’t need a special day to tell your loved one how amazing they are! But when you see the great selection of quality handmade gift ideas here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre you won’t be able to help yourself. With jewellery, cards, homewares and…

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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

“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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ALL THINGS SPRING at MCDC

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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