Manchester Craft and Design Centre

About Us

Mission Statement

MCAD is Manchester’s space for craft, making and community

We promote craft in all its forms, expanding the definition and relevance of craft for everyone. We nurture and develop emerging and established talent, support viable creative careers, and showcase innovative and ambitious craft practices.

MCAD is a place of enterprise, production and creativity and reflects the rich diversity of its 21st century communities. We welcome everyone to experience and engage with making and our creative community. We safeguard a space for everyday creativity in the heart of the Northern Quarter and look outwards beyond our building.

Our team

About

Director

Kate takes the lead on strategic development, finance, fundraising and business planning.  She has a particular interest in partnerships, collaborative working and creative business development. She is co-chair of the North West Craft Network.   

Kate started out working on community environmental performance events in Hulme, leading to a stint as a pyrotechnician. She worked as a Curator at Manchester Art Gallery for ten years, gaining specialist knowledge in craft and design and audience development. 

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Our Board

Manchester Craft and Design (MCAD) is a registered charity.

We are working towards a Board of Trustees that is representative of the diversity of 21st Century Britain and that closely reflects the diverse communities we work with. We have a separate Board of Directors for our trading arm, MCAD Enterprises.

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Julie Platt (Chair)

Fundraising Manager, Chester Zoo

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Tricia Morris (Deputy Chair)

Administrator

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Wayne Hart

Independent Maker: Lettercarver, Typographer, Sculptor

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Jack Kirby

Group Head of Collection Services, Science Museum Group

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Katy Ashton

Director, People’s History Museum

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Isla Brown

Independent Creative Director and Producer

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Richard Corran

Solicitor, Weightmans LLP

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Alnoor Mitha

Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures) Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art