Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Welcome to Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm | 2nd Sunday of the month, 11am - 5pm | Closed over Bank Holidays  
17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD

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Our Cafe

BQ Bitesize Artisan Cafe & Bar

We’re delighted to announce the team behind The Butcher’s Quarter on Tib Street have now launched a new artisan café here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. “BQ Bitesize will be a taste of everything you all love at BQ! Expect hot roast sandwiches, breakfasts, artisan coffee, quality wines, cheese & charcuterie.” The Butcher’s Quarter It’s an ideal spot to relax whilst browsing our two floors of maker studios. Pop in and have a butcher’s!

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Director Kate Day

Kate Day led Manchester Craft Design Centre for almost 15 years. Creating a space where craft, creativity and communities could thrive. She was a passionate advocate for crafts and audiences, a dedicated and determined director and a dear friend. We were all excited to deliver the next phase of our plans for MCAD; together.

Devastatingly, Kate passed away in June 2022 after a short illness. We aim to raise £40,000 in recognition of Kate Day and her ambitions for the craft sector in the North West. If you would like to support opportunities for emerging makers and ensure Kate’s legacy for future generations of makers, please donate below. Thank you.

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Visit Us

Come to our haven in the Northern Quarter to browse, buy and be a part of our community.

For over 40 years, Manchester Craft & Design Centre has provided a home to some of the region’s most talented independent designers and makers. Selling textiles, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, glass, prints and homeware, each of the 20 studios offers much more than just a shopping experience.

We run a regular exhibitions programme that promotes and celebrates regional, national and international Craft talent. Our exhibitions are free to visit and are open to the public Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5.30pm and the 2nd Sunday of the month, 11am – 5pm. We also run a regular series of craft workshops in Space2 on the ground floor. Find out what’s coming up here. Our new cafe BQ Bitesize is now open. The cafe will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5.30pm, and on the 2nd Sunday of the month, 11am – 5pm.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre