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Joshua Till

Modern Twist

Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s 2016 MMU Graduate Award winner Joshua Till puts a contemporary twist on a traditional craft with his nature-inspired steam bent furniture. Steam bending was once a vital practice, paramount to the production of weapons, tools and water vessels, but with the advance of technology it has become less common. Joshua…

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Heated Exchanges

Innovative approaches to collaboration in contemporary glass Glass just got Super Cool. Materials, makers and ideas meld together in this cutting edge exhibition that defies expectations of contemporary glass and pushes this fascinating material to its limits. Glass is neither a liquid nor a solid material and its manipulation relies on a high level of…

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HAND CRAFT

Forty-nine Manchester-based artists One iconic HAND CRAFTED mural Ideas travel, and HAND.01, a packable, refillable, paper-topped modular table from emergent British design studio HAND and paper pioneers G.F Smith, has been designed to ensure that inspiration is captured wherever it strikes. We’ve joined forces with HAND Studio to capture the creativity of our Resident Makers and other creatives…

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Bolton University Textiles Showcase

Luke Mason, Abbie McAndrews & Cheyenne Slater University of Bolton Textiles & Surface Design graduates Luke Mason, Abbie McAndrews and Cheyenne Slater will be showcasing their collections here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016. Luke’s collection of home interior fabrics, wall coverings and stationery products are inspired by Italian…

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The Fabric of Research with Cancer Research UK

Saturday 23rd July, 10-5.30 Sunday 24th July, 11-5 Monday 25th – Friday 29th July, 10-5.30 Join us during the European City of Science Festival for a unique insight into Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. Cancer affects everyone. In the UK, one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes but, thanks…

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TYPECAST

How making can play a part in addiction recovery Initiated by visual arts charity, Portraits of Recovery, TYPECAST was a European-wide project linking the arts with people in early recovery from substance misuse. In April-May 2015 the Manchester project worked with participants recruited with the support of Lifeline, the Drug and Alcohol service provider for Manchester,…

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Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard

Verity Howard’s slab-built ceramic forms are inspired by her fascination with people’s everyday lives and activities. Each piece features a monoprinted or stamped glimpse through a window, and conveys a sense of stillness, absence of presence, and the eerie sensation of being an outsider looking in. Behind Closed Doors features pieces made for Verity’s final…

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Future Makers 2016

Future Makers 2016

The future stars of craft and design Celebrating 10 years of our MMU Graduate Award Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, we’re always looking out for the future stars of craft and design. Our resident makers lead this celebration of talent by visiting degree shows across the country each year and choosing graduate artists…

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Biological Atelier: The Showroom

The year is 2082. Materials are not made, but grown; not fashioned from fabrics, but from cells. Cosmetic surgery has been replaced by tissue-engineered skin, embellished with precious stones, and our bodies are capable of growing seasonal jewellery. Science fiction? Or a glimpse into the real fashion houses of the future? At some point in the…

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Women’s Voices – Changing Manchester

To reflect and mark International Women’s Day, Manchester collective Crafters Inc. proudly presents Women’s Voices – Changing Manchester: an exhibition celebrating the diverse and distinct voices of female Manchester based artists, both empowering and empowered through making. From a diverse background, the artists exhibiting will show work in a range of disciplines including fine art, photography,…

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Exploring Wonderland

Exploring Wonderland

Manchester Jewellers Network celebrates 150 years of Alice Curiouser and curiouser… Did you fall in love with the fantasy world that Lewis Carroll created for his young muse Alice? We’re giving all you grown-up children the chance to let your imaginations run riot all over again in the company of the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen…

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Hatched: Twelve handpicked makers, fresh from the box

Exhibition of the Hothouse 5 North cohort ‘Hatched’ will feature twelve of the North’s best emerging designer-makers, including ceramicists, jewellers, furniture makers and more. From sculptures inspired by boatbuilding in the Lake District to ceramics influenced by Mid-century British and Scandinavian design, this exhibition demonstrates the exciting and diverse world of contemporary craft & design. Makers include Beatrix Baker, BLH Ceramics, Fera Jewellery, Jasmine Simpson,…

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

October 9th – 11th 2015 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…

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Buy Art Fair

September 24th – 27th 2015 This month the North’s leading art fair returns, refreshed and revitalised, to Old Granada Studios, Manchester. Manchester Craft & Design Centre will be amongst the 100 galleries and artists featured at the fair which, this year, will offer visitors the richest and most compelling cultural experience yet, reflecting the changing dynamics…

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Decade

Decade

‘Decade’ will celebrate the achievements of selected creative graduates from The Manchester College’s jewellery and applied arts programmes from the last ten years. The exhibition will feature a showcase of mesmerising work including traditional jewellery, vessels and jewellery made from unorthodox materials. Visit ‘Decade’ for free here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in Studio 22, Divinity, on the first floor…

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Manchester After Hours

Manchester After Hours at MCDC

On Thursday 14 May it’s nocturnal shenanigans with Manchester After Hours! This year’s mix of odd couplings and musical mayhem takes in the places and spaces you don’t often get to after dark, when museums, galleries, and libraries join together for a one-night, city-wide social. MCDC are celebrating Manchester After Hours in style. Join us…

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Mesmerised by Rosie Booth

Mesmerised by Rosie Booth

“As I work, I force myself to slow down and consider each moment in the present.” Winner of our 9th MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award in 2014, Rosie Booth’s paper and aluminium ‘drawings’ feature complex patterns made up of tiny perforated holes, all produced by hand through a slow and meditative process. The intricate patterns…

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Future Makers 2015

Future Makers 2015

The future stars of craft and design Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, we’re always looking out for the future stars of craft and design. Our resident makers are leading this celebration of talent by featuring new graduate artists from a variety of disciplines in their studios throughout the summer. Look out for the Future Makers signs…

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SEED: James Donegan

In Autumn 2014 we held an open competition for designers and architects to transform our small and awkward exhibition space. We received 26 ambitious and innovative entries, and James Donegan’s SEED was selected as the winner following a rigourous judging process. SEED is inspired by mathematical patterns found in nature. The structure strains up towards…

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Kashif Nadim Chaudry: Swags and Tails

Exhibition 27/09/14 – 31/01/15 Bold, Brave and Disgustingly Beautiful… Blending a distinguished tailoring heritage, an uncompromising taste for mischief and bearing his soul as a gay, British Muslim, Kashif Nadim Chaudry’s exhibition will showcase a rare mix of skulls and stitches. ‘Swags and Tails’ is part of this year’s Asia Triennial Manchester festival. The exhibition explores family traditions, religion, sexuality and politics. Chaudry mixes traditional craft techniques with conceptual,…

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Collaborate

Makers Dozen Collaborate Exhibition

“Our emphasis is on the Made. Twelve Makers working in very different ways, living and practicing within the city, researching, engaging and making.” – Makers Dozen, 2013. “We are a group of Manchester based makers who come together to form Makers Dozen. With strong connections to the North West, the work we exhibit and the…

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Last Chance to See: Tactile Illusions

Manchester Craft & Design Centre are excited to announce their new exhibition, ‘Tactile Illusions’, a showcase of work by Elizabeth Jane Winstanley. Elizabeth won MCDC’s 8th Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award for her experimental approach to embroidery. Elizabeth is not quite what you’d expect from an embroidery graduate, and her use of experimental, innovative…

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Last chance to see – Forming Words Exhibition

On loan from Flow Gallery in London, Forming Words explores the intersections between form, structure, and text. Each work in the exhibition was specially commissioned by Flow Gallery and responds to a piece of writing of the artist’s choice, from poetry to a letter to lyrics.

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Branching Out

October 29nd 2004 – January 14th 2005 In partnership with Brewery Arts, Cirencester More than 300 individually made pieces of work, shown for the first time in the North West. Beautiful craft to buy from 16 makers based at Brewery Arts in Cirencester spanning textiles, ceramics, wire, glass and more. Branching Out is the first…

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Domestic, Wild, Pet or Vermin…

September 2nd 2005 – October 15th 2005 Rebecca McEvoy The provocative work of Rebecca McEvoy explores the relationship between man and animals, between the living and the dead, between beauty and disgust. She has produced a collection that intrigues, fascinates and revolts. Working with second hand leather, fur and animal fragments found on woodland walks,…

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Sitting Room

July 15 2006 Manchester Craft and Design Centre is hotsting an exciting and unusual exhibition dedicated to the art of sitting andreading. The setting is a carefully re-created Sitting Room completewith comfortable armchairs, standard lamp, wallpaper, coffee table and gramophone, inviting visitors to the centre to peruse the unique display of artists’ books (that is…

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Single Shot – Glass Gun

January 13 – 27 2007 Single Shot was launched at Tate Britain in November 2006, as a prelude to a National tour of cinemas, galleries and other more unusual venues. The project consists of specially commissioned film and video pieces by well-known artists and works gathered from an open call for submissions from new talent,…

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RAW

January 26th 2007 – March 31st 2007 RAW is a mixed media, group exhibition of five selected makers, both established and emerging. A similar vein of expression is apparent in the work of these makers as they all have a rough and free-hand quality to their pieces. Laura McCaffertys wobbly-lined illustrative textiles incorporate techniques in…

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A Coastal Archive

April 6th 2007 – June 23rd 2007 The basis of Leanne Bramall’s work centres on site-specific investigations of the Isle of Man coastline, specifically that of Port Erin. Through visual study, reflection, and evaluation, she creates responses to the site, employing clay as the medium. Subtle and ambiguous sculpture is created, borrowing forms from tidal-graphs,…

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Ars Ornata Europeana Student Competition

30th June 2007 – 21st July 2007 Ars Ornata Europeana is a major biennial European celebration of contemporary jewellery. Held for the first time in the UK this year 5 – 8 July 2007, AOE offered a most exciting programme of exhibitions and events. Aimed at jewellers, artists, curators, gallery owners and speakers from across…

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