Meet the Makers, Discover the History, Experience Craft & Design

Here at Manchester Craft & Design our aim is to make contemporary visual art, craft and design accessible for all.

Our former Victorian fishmarket building at the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter houses some of the region’s most talented artists, designers and makers. See them at work creating textiles, jewellery, ceramics, prints, fine art, sculpture and more; discover their stories, hear about their materials and processes, or learn a new skill yourself by taking part in a workshop.

And don’t miss our exciting programme of free contemporary craft exhibitions and events and our on-site café bar which serves delicious homemade fayre.

Current exhibition

Kate Colin: The Art of the Fold

Dates: November 23, 2017 — February 3, 2018

Glaswegian designer-maker Kate Colin explores how colour, tonal variations, shadow and geometric form interact in this folded paper installation. Kate is inspired by mathematical forms and nature and has developed her own technique of hand scoring and folding paper to create a range of unique designs. Every piece is made of a unique combination of…

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Mon to Sat  10:00am – 5:30pm

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Mon to Fri 10:00am – 5:30pm

Christmas opening hours
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm & Sundays in December 11am – 5pm. Cafe closes at 4.30pm daily. We close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on January 8th.