Manchester Craft and Design Centre

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



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 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. We propose that together, we build a new fund to enhance opportunities for emerging makers from diverse backgrounds, giving vital support to the development of craft in the region. Visit the Kate Day Fund page to find out more.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

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.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Chair of the Board

Recruitment will start in June

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Wayne Hart

Independent Maker: Lettercarver, Typographer, Sculptor

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Jack Kirby

Group Head of Collection Services, Science Museum Group

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Katy Ashton

Director, People’s History Museum

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Shiraz Anwar

Creative, Digital & Tech Founder and Innovation & Growth Champion

IOS Environment Chamber V02 Max Test

Professor Martyn Evans

MMU Director of Manchester School of Art and Professor of Design

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Jennifer Tegg

Marketing and Behaviour Change Consultant

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Mike Woodward

Heritage & Culture Consultant