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Manchester After Hours 2017 Be Our Guest

Manchester After Hours: Be Our Guest

ONE NIGHT, CITY-WIDE SOCIAL Thursday 18th May 2017, 6-9pm This year we’ve joined forces with Bad Uncle to present a showcase of art, music and performance by practitioners based around the North West, inspired by the work of Alan Menken, the Oscar winning musical theatre and film composer best known for his scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty…

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Craft Unravelled: Graduate Talent at MCDC with Joshua Till

Modern Twist Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of our current exhibition: Modern Twist by Joshua Till, winner of our 2016 MMU Graduate Award. Joshua Till will join our curator to answer your questions and talk about the inspiration behind his work. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at…

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Joshua Till Modern Twist steam bending demonstration

Steam bending demonstration with Joshua Till

Watch furniture designer/maker Joshua Till bring the traditional craft of steam bending to life at this free demonstration. Steam bending is a traditional process, steeped in history. Once a vital practice used to produce the hulls of boats and to make tools and weapons, with the advance of technology it has become less common. Economically and environmentally responsible,…

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Craft Unravelled: Graduate Talent at MCDC

Modern Twist and Future Makers Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of our current exhibitions: Modern Twist by Joshua Till, winner of our 2016 MMU Graduate Award, and Future Makers, a showcase of work by new graduates selected by our Resident Makers. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at…

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Craft Unravelled: Hipsters & Heritage

Hipsters & Heritage Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Find out more about the history of our Centre, from our fishmarket beginnings to centre for contemporary craft and design. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm.  

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Maker Meet Up

Are you looking to meet your creative match? Want to find out more about Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s Resident Makers and network with craft industry professionals? Then step out of your studios and into our creative community for our bi-annual maker social event. Join us from 6-8pm at Manchester Craft & Design Centre for…

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She Choir

Live Music from She Choir

Saturday 17th December 2016 Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre you can expect to find an altogether more laid back approach to the seasonal shopping experience. Escape the horrors of the high street and browse our 18 studio shops for memorable gifts that will keep your loved ones smiling for years to come. And then put…

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Craft Unravelled: Meet the Makers

Meet the Maker in Studio 20a Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Studio 20a. Meet resident maker Clare Hillerby and learn more about the processes and inspirations behind her work. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm. **Please note: Studio 20a is on the…

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Craft Unravelled: Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers in Studio 25 Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Studio 25. Find out more about the processes and inspirations behind the work of resident makers Nell Smith, Jane Blease, Rachel Saunders and Kathryn Edwards. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm….

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Craft Unravelled: Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers in Studio 26 Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Studio 26. Meet resident glass makers Gemma Truman and Michelle Keeling and learn more about the processes and inspirations behind their work. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm. **Please note:…

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Craft Unravelled: Hipsters & Heritage

Hipsters & Heritage Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Find out more about the history of our Centre, from our fishmarket beginnings to centre for contemporary craft and design. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm.

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Craft Unravelled: Hipsters & Heritage

Hipsters & Heritage Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Find out more about the history of our Centre, from our fishmarket beginnings to centre for contemporary craft and design. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm.

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Live Acoustic Jazz

Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre you can expect to find an altogether more laid back approach to the seasonal shopping experience. Escape the horrors of the high street and browse our 18 studio shops for memorable gifts that will keep your loved ones smiling for years to come. And then put your feet up with…

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Small Business Saturday 2016

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is a not-for-profit social enterprise and the independent incubator venue for craft/design businesses in the North West. We support over 30 creative enterprises each year with developing successful and influential businesses. This Small Business Saturday we’re encouraging you to spend the first shopping Saturday in December supporting small, independent businesses like those based here at MCDC….

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Quiet Loner

Live Music from Quiet Loner

Saturday 3rd December 2016 Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre you can expect to find an altogether more laid back approach to the seasonal shopping experience. Escape the horrors of the high street and browse our 18 studio shops for memorable gifts that will keep your loved ones smiling for years to come. And then put…

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Family-Friendly Christmas Event

Memories are Made Here From gifts that will keep your loved ones smiling, to experiences you’ll remember for years to come, Memories Are Made at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Our makers have been hard at work making memorable gifts for your loved ones this Christmas and now it’s time to start making some memories of your…

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Scientific Studios: part of Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival 2016 Part laboratory. Part playground. Manchester Science Festival invites visitors to come out and play, create and experiment with science at hundreds of events, exhibitions and experiences across Greater Manchester. Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre we’ll be turning our studios into design laboratories and inviting the public to get up…

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MCDC Makers on Tour: GNCCF 2016

October 6th- 9th 2016 Recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, the Greater Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Old Granada Studios this October. It showcases a wide variety of contemporary craft including ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and homewares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product design,…

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MCDC Makers On Tour: Buy Art Fair 2016

September 22nd – 25th 2016 With 3,000 pieces of art from 100 exhibiting galleries and artists, Buy Art Fair is the leading art fair in the North. With prices from £50 to £5,000+ there’s something for everyone from the first time buyer to the serious collector. Manchester Craft & Design Centre will be amongst the…

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Craft Unravelled: Heated Exchanges

Heated Exchanges Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of our current exhibition – Heated Exchanges Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm.  

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Craft Unravelled: Hipsters & Heritage

Hipsters & Heritage Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Find out more about the history of our Centre, from our fishmarket beginnings to centre for contemporary craft and design. Free, no booking required, meet at the exhibition space on the ground floor at 1.30pm.  

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Team Building Away-Days

Inspire creativity in your team Help to support our work by coming to Manchester Craft & Design Centre for unique team building awaydays, or just a reward for hardworking colleagues… Manchester Craft & Design Centre is an unforgettable place to experience the best of contemporary craft and design in the North West. Workshops are expertly…

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Make Design Grow! Free Kids Workshops

Part of Manchester: Science in the City Saturday 23 & Monday 25 – Friday 29 July, 11am – 5pm daily Young scientists are invited to combine their growing and design skills to make clothes and accessories for their own paper man! In our current exhibition ‘Biological Atelier: The Showroom’, artist Amy Congdon considers a future in which materials…

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Craft Unravelled: Science in the City

Science in the City To celebrate Manchester being the first UK city to be designated European City of Science, a free week-long festival (22-29 July) is taking place alongside the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of our current exhibition Biological Atelier: The Showroom and learn more about designer/researcher…

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Networking event

Maker Meet Up

Thursday 21st July, 6-8pm Are you looking to meet your creative match? Want to find out more about our makers and network with craft sector professionals? Then step out of your studios and into our creative community at this summer social event. Join us from 6-8pm here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre for an evening of…

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Studio Lates

Exclusive after-hours access to our exhibition and studio-shops Meet our resident makers Live music and drinks A chance to get hands-on An evening to enjoy and remember Intrigued?  

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Craft Unravelled: Behind Closed Doors with Verity Howard

Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard Celebrating 10 years of our MMU Graduate Award Join us for a very special Craft Unravelled! Verity Howard will be giving an artist talk, a tour of her exhibition, and showing us her sketchbooks and the inspirations behind her work. Verity’s slab-built ceramic forms are inspired by her fascination with people’s everyday…

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Manchester After Hours 2016

Manchester After Hours: Behind Closed Doors

One night. City Wide. Free events. A one night only, city wide social. A mix of odd couplings and unexpected partnerships. A chance for you to get into places and spaces not normally open after hours. It’s Museums at Night, It’s Manchester After Hours. We’ve joined forces with Brighter Sound to commission musician Avital Raz to compose a piece…

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Craft Unravelled: Behind Closed Doors & Future Makers

Behind Closed Doors & Future Makers Join our curator for a 20-minute talk and tour of our current exhibitions – Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard, and Future Makers. Find out more about the future stars of craft and design – recent design graduates whose work is currently on display in select studios here…

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