About Us

Experience some of the North West’s best contemporary craft and design 


Our Aim

Manchester Craft & Design fosters and promotes public appreciation of craft and design by developing artistic understanding and participation, promoting high standards, and providing greater public access to the arts.


An oasis of calm in the city – we’re just five minutes from Manchester’s main shopping areas. 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.


Oak St Cafe

The fabulous Oak St Café has now closed as the team intend to focus on their catering business. 

Find out more about their new catering menu and future plans at: Oak St Cafe   

Exhibitions and Events

We 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:

Guy Garvey, Elbow, patron, Manchester Craft & Design Centre“Years ago I’d sit and scribble in the cafe, or wander around the shops watching people work.

It’s one of those warm personal destinations that I’ll meet friends from out of town in, and if you like to give personal gifts then there is nowhere better in the North West. I’m very proud to be a patron.”