Arts Award

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is excited to be an Arts Award Supporter!

We have lots on offer to help you on your way with your Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.

Meet the Artist and Meet the Team

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is home to designers and makers who work and sell from their unique studio spaces, which you can visit and browse free of charge six days a week.

You can also meet our staff team and residents by appointment. We offer range of affordable talks ranging from a free introductory talk to a ‘Meet The Maker’ talk and themed tour. This can be a great opportunity to ask about current issues, trends and achievements in the craft and design sector and hear from the people who are a part of it.

To book your talk and tour now contact us

Exhibitions and Events

Our exhibitions are held on our ground floor of the centre. They are free to visit and review. They provide a great opportunity to research contemporary designers, makers and artists and contain informative displays and supporting activity sheets for all of our visitors.

Our exhibition openings are often held on a Saturday afternoon and provide another free opportunity for Arts Award students to access high-quality arts events.

Find out when our next events and exhibitions are, or what’s on now, here

Writing and Sharing Reviews

If you write a review about one of our exhibitions or events, share it with us via email, by visiting us in person or through our social media pages.

We want to know what your thoughts and opinions are so don’t hesitate to contact us!

Designing Resources for other Young People

Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre we are always keen to hear to about what young people would like to see on offer.

Helping us to develop our resources is a great way to have your say in what we offer, whilst developing new skills, learning about our organisation and meeting the team!

Get in touch with us to find out more about this fantastic opportunity.

Developing New Artistic Skills

We offer a range of courses to develop your own skills as a craft maker.

Find out more information here.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering for us will help you to develop a range of skills and give you an insight into working within an arts organisation. It can be a useful part of the Arts Award research and a great addition to a portfolio.

Contact details


Tel: 0161 832 4274

Office hours: Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm.


Although we do support Arts Award and offer a range of opportunities, we cannot help you through the process of doing your Arts Award – you will need to contact your local Arts Award centre. These can be found on the Arts Award centre map