Whitworth Threads

An exhibition of work by 3D Design and Textiles students from Manchester School of Art, developed in collaboration with staff from the Whitworth Art Gallery. Working in cross-disciplinary teams, the students have designed and made new products and limited edition craft pieces for the Whitworth Gallery shop. The work has been developed in response to…

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Artist and ceramicist, Alex Sickling, in front of her work.

Misshaping Peterloo

‘Misshaping Peterloo’ is a newly commissioned collection of ceramics that has been created to mark the 200 year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. The ‘Misshaping Peterloo’ collection has been created by illustrator and ceramicist Alex Sickling, inspired by the individuals who fought and died for their rights and freedom on that fateful day of 16…

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’40 Years and Counting’ by Meghan Graydon Darby

’40 Years and Counting’ by Meghan Graydon Darby Meghan Graydon Darby’s work celebrates the identity and culture of her hometown in County Durham. Her first solo exhibition ’40 Years and Counting’ comes after winning Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s 13th Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award. Meghan has produced a collection of wooden sculptures and fabric…

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Metalsmiths: A showcase of contemporary metal makers from Yorkshire Artspace. Metalsmiths features the work of seven contemporary makers, each of whom offer a unique aesthetic quality and showcase a range of techniques and processes in their work.From the clean scores and folds to manipulated sheet silver in Imogen Clarkstone’s tableware and functional objects, through to Helena…

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fabric textiles Bolton

University of Bolton Pop-Up Showcase

Opens at 6pm on 13th September and continues until 15th September Our 4th Annual Graduate Showcase award in partnership with the University of Bolton presents the work of Holly Jones and Chloe Stokes. Holly Jones’ work examines the way that flora and fauna intersect and overlap and stems from a desire to change our common…

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The Future In Your Hands

Thursday 15th of February to Saturday 17th of February.   The exhibition will be held in space2, on the ground floor. ‘The Future In Your Hands’ is a touring exhibition by local photographers Luke Brooker and Amanda McGovern, celebrating people from across Greater Manchester who live with a musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis or lupus….

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Future Makers 2018

  In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight. This exhibition will guide…

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glass digital craft


The winners of our 2017 MMU Graduate Award, glass blower Jahday Ford and digital designer Joseph Hillary, bring together the two worlds of glass and digital design in this exhibition that pushes the material boundaries of glass using innovative techniques. Inspired by digital craftsman Michael Eden and his Audrey Light, Jahday and Joe wanted to…

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India katab exhibition artists

Katab: Quilting Stories from India

Hear the stories of 8 inspiring women told through a collection of quilts handmade by them using the traditional Indian craft of katab. In the city of Ahmedabad, Western India, there are several migrant communities scattered across the city; many of these once considered to be untouchables under the Hindu ritual ranking. Traditionally, women from…

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Kate Colin: The Art of the Fold

Glaswegian designer-maker Kate Colin explores how colour, tonal variations, shadow and geometric form interact in this folded paper installation. Kate is inspired by mathematical forms and nature and has developed her own technique of hand scoring and folding paper to create a range of unique designs. Every piece is made of a unique combination of…

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