Experience the best contemporary craft and design in the North West
Manchester Tourism Award Winner: 2011 & 2013
Manchester Craft & Design is established to foster and promote the advancement of education of the public in contemporary visual art, craft and design by developing artistic understanding and participation, stimulating and promoting high standards, and providing greater access to the arts to the public.
An oasis of calm in the city – we’re just five minutes from Manchester’s main shopping areas of Market Street, the Arndale Centre and Afflecks Palace. Situated in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter with its coffee shops, restaurants, bars and independent retailers, our Victorian building – once the home of the city’s retail fish market – now features two floors of contemporary craft studios but is still complete with many of its original and quirky fixtures and fittings.
Our cafe-bar is a destination in its own right. Bursting with delicious, home cooked food, all made from local and responsibly sourced produce, Oak Street Cafe-Bar has been celebrated as a top five destination for coffee in Manchester by leading cultural critics.
EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
We also host an exciting and varied exhibitions programme, showcasing the very best of both British and international contemporary craft and design. Our popular events programme gives you the opportunity to learn craft skills from our resident artists and exhibitors, and if you’re an aspiring or established designer-maker we offer a range of professional development activities as part of the Manchester Craft & Design Network.
Manchester Craft & Design Centre is grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England and Manchester City Council. Our patron and Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, has this to say: