Environmental Responsibility Report 2022-23: MCDC Case Study


University of Bolton Pop-up Exhibition Showcase Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2021 Pop-up Exhibition Showcase with The University of Bolton’s Textiles in Practice degree.  Each year we select graduates with exceptional talent and passion to create a pop-up exhibition… Read More

MCDC’s 15th Graduate Exhibition Prize 2021

  We’re really excited to announce our 15th Graduate Exhibition Award in partnership with Manchester School of Art. The past 18… Read More

Meet the Makers this Autumn

Our makers are excited to back at the workbench and open four days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm this October and November.  Our historic fish market building is the perfect place for a relaxed and inspiring shopping trip, where you… Read More

Support our Unique Space for Making

  In these tough times, we have been helping the many small craft businesses at the Centre with rent relief and business support to help them through the Covid-19 crisis. As a charity we rely on the kindness of our wonderful supporters who share our passion for craft and… Read More

Make a Visit. Make it Safe. Make it Local. Make it Count.  

  This August, we’d love for you to ‘make a visit’ when we re-open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in August, 11am to 5pm, so you can show your support for independent Makers and small businesses during these… Read More


FAQs  What are your opening hours? From Monday 12th April, we will be open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm. We will be closed on bank holidays. Will all of the studios… Read More

Coronavirus Update: Open for making, customer appointments and online sales.

  A little announcement about our phased plans for re-opening: The government has allowed the opening of non-essential retail from 15 June. MCDC, however, has made the decision that it is not yet feasible for us to re-open to the public, as we have had to take into consideration the… Read More

Show your Support

  Manchester Craft and Design Centre has been at the heart of the North West’s independent community of makers since 1982. As a charity and home to many small businesses, both the centre and our makers rely on your support to carry on making and to provide affordable studio… Read More

Craft at Home Microsite

  The last seven weeks have seen a huge amount of change in the wider world and for us at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. We initially closed to the public and then had to take the difficult but necessary decision to close our doors as a place of making. Read More

Coronavirus update: MCAD is currently closed to the public, but we’re still making!

Looking after the health & wellbeing of our makers, staff & volunteers is a priority. After careful consideration of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve decided we will be closed to the public until further notice. Behind the scenes, our makers will be continuing to get creative and making here at… Read More

Studio Space Opportunity

About the Studio – 18/19 A rare and unique business opportunity has become available at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, in the fashionable Northern Quarter area. Located on the second floor, studio 18/19 is a large, bright work and retail space. It is close… Read More

Kaylee Jenkinson shortlisted for Manchester Culture Awards

Kaylee Jenkinson, our former Exhibitions and Events Officer of six years, is a leading Manchester-based champion of independent makers and handmade craft, bringing her passion and knowledge of the subject to all those she supports and the exhibitions she creates.  During her time at the Centre she curated an… Read More

Manchester Pride #MakePride

Manchester Craft and Design Centre has been a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ visitors and makers since 1982 and this Manchester Pride we’re excited to be joining in with the city-wide celebrations. Our talented Designer/Makers create handmade work across a wide range of materials, from jewellery to ceramics, illustration to… Read More

Spotted 2019: Manchester School of Art

This year we were once again amazed by the talent on show at Manchester School of Art Degree Show and we went to spot up and coming talent at the 2019 Degree Show. Our team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at both regional and national graduate… Read More

London Craft Week Top Picks

  Our Exhibitions and Events Coordinator and Craft Guru, Kaylee Jenkinson, looks ahead to London Craft Week with some must-visit exhibitions and happenings to go and see: I’m excited to be visiting London Craft Week next week. Each year London celebrates exceptional craftsmanship through a programme of exhibitions, talks,… Read More

Studio Space Opportunity

  ** NEW STUDIO SPACE OPPORTUNITY ** Studio Space Opportunity – Studio 5 A rare and unique business opportunity has become available at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. RA Designs, our most established business, is looking for a studio share (studio 5). This is suitable for someone mid-career who… Read More