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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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Gropes Handlebar covers Athletically Pleasing

Athletically Pleasing

Exploring the connections between design and sport Sport has long been an important feature of Manchester’s cultural life. Home to two Premier League football clubs, the National Cycling Centre, National Squash Centre, and the GreatCity Games, Manchester is a big sporting city. And design plays a huge role in sports – whether it’s making beautiful products…

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Isokon X Exhibition Manchester School of Art

Isokon X

Isokon X is an exhibition celebrating the collaboration between Manchester School of Art students, as part of the Unit X project. 28 students from Textiles, 3D Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Photography and Art History & Curating have come together to produce high quality pieces inspired by the Isokon Building and its design history. The Isokon…

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On The Wire: Rosa Cascata

On The Wire: Flora Cascata

Paper, porcelain and transparent fabric adorn the wire in this collaborative installation by Manchester School of Art students Emma Scott, Gemma Spall and Ruairi Barfoot. Flora Cascata is a celebration of craft, making and the artistic process and promotes the artistic values held by Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Representative of Emma, Gemma and Ruairi’s interest in…

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Josh Till

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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Modern Twist: Steam bent furniture by Joshua Till

Joshua Till, our 2016 MMU Graduate Award winner, puts a contemporary twist on a traditional craft with his new minimalist collection. Celebrating the integrity of wood, each piece draws together steam bent beech and ash to create simple, functional design pieces with a Modernist edge.

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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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Future Makers 2017

Future Makers: New Graduate Artists

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 showcasing and selling the work of new graduate artists from a variety of disciplines in their studios each year. Look out for the Future Makers signs in studio windows to discover the newest craft and design talent.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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