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MCDC Makers on Tour: Buy Art Fair

by Agathe 27th – 29th October 2017 Buy Art Fair brings galleries and artists to Manchester from across the UK. Over 3,000 original artworks will be for sale and there will be a host of exclusive events and activities at the fair and across the city. Find out more on their website here. Manchester Craft…

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MCDC Makers on Tour: GNCCF

by Agathe Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair October 12th – 15th 2017 Recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this October in Upper Campfield Market, just off Deansgate, in Manchester city centre. It showcases a wide variety of contemporary…

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Cup exhibition at Unit 12 gallery


by Christine ‘Cup’ at Unit Twelve Gallery 31/08/17 – 16/12/17 Work by Studio 10’s Ella McIntosh of THIS IS PEWTER is on display at Unit Twelve Gallery in Staffordshire as part of their ‘Cup’ exhibition. The exhibition is a celebration of the humble cup and showcases vessels in all different types of materials and styles, from ceramic,…

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Jahday Ford Josh Hillary glass MMU spotted

Jahday Ford & Joe Hillary shortlisted for prestigious prize

by Christine   Jahday Ford and Joe Hillary – winners of our 2017 MMU Graduate Award – have been shortlisted for the first-ever UK Rado Star Prize with their ‘Breathe’ project. The Rado Star Prize is an established competition that has run in countries around the world, supporting young, unestablished designers and giving them a platform…

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NEW: Leather goods from Devines Design

by Christine Suzanne Devine’s contemporary leather bags and accessories are now available to purchase from our online shop. Suzanne designs and makes unique handmade products in studio 9 here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Using high quality materials such as lambs leather and cow hide, she creates contemporary, simple, functional shapes for accessories and bags….

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News from SPOTTED Graduate Marged Owain

Marged Owain was one of the students from MMU we selected as part of  SPOTTED 2017. Her work is based on Welsh culture and heritage, celebrating Welsh craftsmanship through combining blown glass, turned wood and thread. At Manchester Craft & Design Centre we like to see what graduate makers are doing after finishing their courses. Here is what Marged will be…

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GIVE IT A BASH pewter workshops

GIVE IT A BASH! New workshop dates added

Lead-free Pewter is a versatile and ‘eco-friendly’ metal which looks like silver but is very low maintenance, can be used with food, and looks super stylish around your home. Ella McIntosh, award-winning designer and Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s resident pewtersmith invites you to join her for a day of creativity. Pewter is malleable metal…

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SPOTTED Amy Quinn 2017


  Visiting the Manchester Metropolitan University Degree Show is always one of our the highlights of the year, and this year did not disappoint. We were very impressed with the high standard of the work, and the innovative use of a wide variety of materials. The team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at…

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University of Bolton – Award Winners

  Congratulations are in order…   We popped down to the University of Bolton Creative Degree Show, and we were very impressed with the work we saw and the infectious enthusiasm of their students. Every year we give out the Manchester Craft & Design Centre Award to students we have selected for their talent and potential…

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Graduate Awards 2017

As we head into degree show season, the team here at MCDC are gearing up to visit the local shows around the Greater Manchester area. We’re on the hunt for emerging talent from some of the best arts courses in the UK. This week, we’re visiting: Manchester Metropolitan University – Manchester School of Art Degree…

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Manchester After Hours Artists musicians performers call out

Call out for artists, musicians and performers

Manchester After Hours takes place for one night only each year – an evening of unique collaborations and exceptional happenings in unusual spaces across Manchester. This year we’ve joined forces with Bad Uncle to present a showcase of art, music and performance by practitioners based around the North West, inspired by the work of Alan Menken, the Oscar…

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Volunteer Board Members Required

Help shape the future of Manchester Craft & Design Centre Manchester Craft & Design (MCAD) is a not for profit Social Enterprise with a voluntary Board of Directors, who meet four times per year. Our mission is to be an unforgettable place to make, see and buy contemporary craft and design.  We also offer a…

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Great northern call for applications

MCAD Network Opportunities Digest

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2017 12th – 15th October 2017 Deadline: Tuesday 18th April This year GNCCF celebrates their 10th Anniversary from 12th -15th October at their new home of Upper Campfield Market, in the heart of Manchester city centre. The GNCCF champions makers at all stages of their careers, from emerging graduates to highly collectible…

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Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Manchester Craft & Design Network is a monthly e-bulletin of opportunities for craft and design practitioners. We also host bi-annual Maker Meet Up events and Creative Business Development workshops throughout the year. We believe that this platform has significant potential to be developed into a wider support network for knowledge exchange and collaboration and we’re looking for…

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May is Craft & Design Month!

Manchester Craft & Design is supporting Craft and Design Month in May 2017  – an exciting nationwide project designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country. Christine Hitchins, Marketing Manager here at MCDC, says: “We’re supporting Craft and Design Month 2017 as we recognise the importance of being able to…

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Glass fusing workshops

NEW Glass Workshops with TrumanKeelingStudios

We are excited to share two new glass workshops with Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s newest recruits TrumanKeelingStudios. Whilst Gemma Truman and Michelle Keeling add the finishing touches to their new home in Studio 26 the duo have announced the first in a series of glass fusing workshops which will be held in space2. In two friendly and relaxed workshops…

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Loss & Inheritance

Loss & Inheritance is a group exhibition and workshop programme by MA Art & Design students from Manchester School of Art. This two day event explores perceptions of growth and ageing and includes free drop-in craft workshops. Thursday 23rd February Exhibition 1:00-7:00pm Drop-in Workshop 1:00-4:00pm Private View 5:00-7:00pm Friday 24th February Exhibition 10:00-3:00pm Drop-in Workshop…

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Women’s Hour Craft Prize 2017

  The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017 is a BBC, Crafts Council and V&A initiative. It aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner/s or designer-maker/s resident in the UK today, in the most comprehensive prize of its kind. The prize will reward originality and excellence in concept, design and process…

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Joshua Till Modern Twist steam bending exhibition

Introducing Joshua Till

With just two weeks to go until the launch of his debut exhibition, Modern Twist, we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Till. Winner of our 2016 MMU Graduate Award, Joshua has since gone on to win Best Manchester Maker at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Highly Commended in the Furniture Makers’ Company’s Young Furniture Makers…

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Crafts Council’s Hothouse participants announced

The Crafts Council has selected 35 maker businesses to take part in the 2017 Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership with a range of organisations across the UK, including Manchester Craft & Design Centre. The list includes ceramicist Verity Howard, winner of our 2015 MMU Graduate Award and glassmaker Harry Morgan, whose work is currently on display…

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NEW DATE: Introduction to SEO for Makers

***SOLD OUT*** Introduction to SEO for Makers with Jenny Hudson, A Really Good Campaign Thursday 2 February, 10am – 2pm Location: space2, Manchester Craft & Design Centre Part of our Creative Business Development programme. Visit our online shop to book your place(s). Tickets: £15 each, 2 places available What will I learn? If you’re looking to drive more traffic to your…

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Handmade Gifts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

The perfect Valentine’s gift is handmade… We know, we know… you don’t need a special day to tell your loved one how amazing they are! But when you see the great selection of quality handmade gift ideas here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre you won’t be able to help yourself. With jewellery, cards, homewares and…

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Christmas Giveaway

Make a purchase in any of our studios or in our our online shop between Saturday 19th November and Thursday 15th December to be in with a chance of winning one of four mini hampers filled with handmade goodies. Complete the entry slip provided in the studio when you make your purchase and post it…

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On the Wire: The 12 Days of Christmas

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is currently playing host to four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree! Created by resident paper artist, Kate Kelly of Kaper, the colourful menagerie have made their home in five giant gold rings which have been suspended from a wire below…

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Meet our new makers

With the official launch of our first ever glass exhibition – Heated Exchanges – just days away, we’re delighted to be welcoming two new resident glass artists to Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Gemma Truman (pictured) and Michelle Keeling will take up residence in Studio 26 this November, bringing with them an exciting combination of blown and kiln-formed glassware. After graduating…

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Autumn at MCDC

Fri 9th Sept – Sun 30th October, Mon-Sat 10-5.30 & Sun 11-5, free Exhibition: HAND CRAFT We’ve joined forces with emergent British design studio HAND to capture the creativity of our Resident Makers and other creatives from across Manchester, and to celebrate craft, collaboration and the heritage of Manchester Craft & Design Centre in this exhibition. More info here……

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The Making of HAND CRAFT

“HAND CRAFT is an exhibition about the celebration of craft, collaboration and heritage of the Craft Centre. We have taken an iconic piece of the building as a starting point and split the form up into 49 pieces to fit on our HAND 01.1 table. We have invited creatives from the Craft Centre to customise…

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