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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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Orisa: an exhibition of Yoruba gods

Friday 20th October, 12-5pm, free Presented by Afristar Foundation in conjunction with Yoruba Heritage Society UK Orisas are deities of the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria, and Orisa worship dates back thousands of years in pre-colonial Africa. However, with the emergence of Christianity and Islam and subsequent subjugation of Orisa tradition, the belief and religious…

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exhibition Africa artists

Orisa: an exhibition of Yoruba gods

Saturday 7th October, 12-5pm, free Presented by Afristar Foundation in conjunction with Yoruba Heritage Society UK Orisas are deities of the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria, and Orisa worship dates back thousands of years in pre-colonial Africa. However, with the emergence of Christianity and Islam and subsequent subjugation of Orisa tradition, the belief and religious…

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Tiffany Maksymow Bolton University

Bolton University Graduate Showcase

Carys Lavin & Tiffany Maksymow University of Bolton Textiles & Surface Design graduates Carys Lavin and Tiffany Maksymow will be showcasing their collections here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th September 2017.                   Carys is fascinated with the idea of memories and how we remember things…

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Gropes Handlebar covers Athletically Pleasing

Athletically Pleasing

Exploring the connections between design and sport Sport has long been an important feature of Manchester’s cultural life. Home to two Premier League football clubs, the National Cycling Centre, National Squash Centre, and the GreatCity Games, Manchester is a big sporting city. And design plays a huge role in sports – whether it’s making beautiful products…

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Isokon X Exhibition Manchester School of Art

Isokon X

Isokon X is an exhibition celebrating the collaboration between Manchester School of Art students, as part of the Unit X project. 28 students from Textiles, 3D Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Photography and Art History & Curating have come together to produce high quality pieces inspired by the Isokon Building and its design history. The Isokon…

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On The Wire: Rosa Cascata

On The Wire: Flora Cascata

Paper, porcelain and transparent fabric adorn the wire in this collaborative installation by Manchester School of Art students Emma Scott, Gemma Spall and Ruairi Barfoot. Flora Cascata is a celebration of craft, making and the artistic process and promotes the artistic values held by Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Representative of Emma, Gemma and Ruairi’s interest in…

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Modern Twist: Steam bent furniture by Joshua Till

Joshua Till, our 2016 MMU Graduate Award winner, puts a contemporary twist on a traditional craft with his new minimalist collection. Celebrating the integrity of wood, each piece draws together steam bent beech and ash to create simple, functional design pieces with a Modernist edge.

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Future Makers 2017

Future Makers: New Graduate Artists

Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, we’re always looking out for the future stars of craft and design. Our resident makers lead this celebration of talent by showcasing and selling the work of new graduate artists from a variety of disciplines in their studios each year. Look out for the Future Makers signs in studio windows to discover the newest craft and design talent.

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Heated Exchanges

Innovative approaches to collaboration in contemporary glass Glass just got Super Cool. Materials, makers and ideas meld together in this cutting edge exhibition that defies expectations of contemporary glass and pushes this fascinating material to its limits. Glass is neither a liquid nor a solid material and its manipulation relies on a high level of…

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HAND CRAFT

Forty-nine Manchester-based artists One iconic HAND CRAFTED mural Ideas travel, and HAND.01, a packable, refillable, paper-topped modular table from emergent British design studio HAND and paper pioneers G.F Smith, has been designed to ensure that inspiration is captured wherever it strikes. We’ve joined forces with HAND Studio to capture the creativity of our Resident Makers and other creatives…

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Bolton University Textiles Showcase

Luke Mason, Abbie McAndrews & Cheyenne Slater University of Bolton Textiles & Surface Design graduates Luke Mason, Abbie McAndrews and Cheyenne Slater will be showcasing their collections here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016. Luke’s collection of home interior fabrics, wall coverings and stationery products are inspired by Italian…

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The Fabric of Research with Cancer Research UK

Saturday 23rd July, 10-5.30 Sunday 24th July, 11-5 Monday 25th – Friday 29th July, 10-5.30 Join us during the European City of Science Festival for a unique insight into Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. Cancer affects everyone. In the UK, one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes but, thanks…

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TYPECAST

How making can play a part in addiction recovery Initiated by visual arts charity, Portraits of Recovery, TYPECAST was a European-wide project linking the arts with people in early recovery from substance misuse. In April-May 2015 the Manchester project worked with participants recruited with the support of Lifeline, the Drug and Alcohol service provider for Manchester,…

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Verity Howard Guldagergaard © Ole Akhoj

Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard

Verity Howard’s slab-built ceramic forms are inspired by her fascination with people’s everyday lives and activities. Each piece features a monoprinted or stamped glimpse through a window, and conveys a sense of stillness, absence of presence, and the eerie sensation of being an outsider looking in. Behind Closed Doors features pieces made for Verity’s final…

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Future Makers 2016

The future stars of craft and design Celebrating 10 years of our MMU Graduate Award Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, we’re always looking out for the future stars of craft and design. Our resident makers lead this celebration of talent by visiting degree shows across the country each year and choosing graduate artists…

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Biological Atelier: The Showroom

The year is 2082. Materials are not made, but grown; not fashioned from fabrics, but from cells. Cosmetic surgery has been replaced by tissue-engineered skin, embellished with precious stones, and our bodies are capable of growing seasonal jewellery. Science fiction? Or a glimpse into the real fashion houses of the future? At some point in the…

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Wonder Women

Women’s Voices – Changing Manchester

To reflect and mark International Women’s Day, Manchester collective Crafters Inc. proudly presents Women’s Voices – Changing Manchester: an exhibition celebrating the diverse and distinct voices of female Manchester based artists, both empowering and empowered through making. From a diverse background, the artists exhibiting will show work in a range of disciplines including fine art, photography,…

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Exploring Wonderland

Exploring Wonderland

Manchester Jewellers Network celebrates 150 years of Alice Curiouser and curiouser… Did you fall in love with the fantasy world that Lewis Carroll created for his young muse Alice? We’re giving all you grown-up children the chance to let your imaginations run riot all over again in the company of the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen…

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Hatched Libby Ward

Hatched: Twelve handpicked makers, fresh from the box

Exhibition of the Hothouse 5 North cohort ‘Hatched’ will feature twelve of the North’s best emerging designer-makers, including ceramicists, jewellers, furniture makers and more. From sculptures inspired by boatbuilding in the Lake District to ceramics influenced by Mid-century British and Scandinavian design, this exhibition demonstrates the exciting and diverse world of contemporary craft & design. Makers include Beatrix Baker, BLH Ceramics, Fera Jewellery, Jasmine Simpson,…

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GNCCF

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

October 9th – 11th 2015 Recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, the Greater Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Old Granada Studios this October. It showcases a wide variety of contemporary craft including ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and homewares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product…

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Linzi Ramsden

Buy Art Fair

September 24th – 27th 2015 This month the North’s leading art fair returns, refreshed and revitalised, to Old Granada Studios, Manchester. Manchester Craft & Design Centre will be amongst the 100 galleries and artists featured at the fair which, this year, will offer visitors the richest and most compelling cultural experience yet, reflecting the changing dynamics…

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Decade

Decade

‘Decade’ will celebrate the achievements of selected creative graduates from The Manchester College’s jewellery and applied arts programmes from the last ten years. The exhibition will feature a showcase of mesmerising work including traditional jewellery, vessels and jewellery made from unorthodox materials. Visit ‘Decade’ for free here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in Studio 22, Divinity, on the first floor…

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Manchester After Hours

Manchester After Hours at MCDC

On Thursday 14 May it’s nocturnal shenanigans with Manchester After Hours! This year’s mix of odd couplings and musical mayhem takes in the places and spaces you don’t often get to after dark, when museums, galleries, and libraries join together for a one-night, city-wide social. MCDC are celebrating Manchester After Hours in style. Join us…

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Mesmerised by Rosie Booth

Mesmerised by Rosie Booth

“As I work, I force myself to slow down and consider each moment in the present.” Winner of our 9th MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award in 2014, Rosie Booth’s paper and aluminium ‘drawings’ feature complex patterns made up of tiny perforated holes, all produced by hand through a slow and meditative process. The intricate patterns…

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Future Makers

Future Makers 2015

The future stars of craft and design Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, we’re always looking out for the future stars of craft and design. Our resident makers are leading this celebration of talent by featuring new graduate artists from a variety of disciplines in their studios throughout the summer. Look out for the Future Makers signs…

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SEED: James Donegan

In Autumn 2014 we held an open competition for designers and architects to transform our small and awkward exhibition space. We received 26 ambitious and innovative entries, and James Donegan’s SEED was selected as the winner following a rigourous judging process. SEED is inspired by mathematical patterns found in nature. The structure strains up towards…

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Kashif Nadim Chaudry: Swags and Tails

Exhibition 27/09/14 – 31/01/15 Bold, Brave and Disgustingly Beautiful… Blending a distinguished tailoring heritage, an uncompromising taste for mischief and bearing his soul as a gay, British Muslim, Kashif Nadim Chaudry’s exhibition will showcase a rare mix of skulls and stitches. ‘Swags and Tails’ is part of this year’s Asia Triennial Manchester festival. The exhibition explores family traditions, religion, sexuality and politics. Chaudry mixes traditional craft techniques with conceptual,…

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Collaborate

Makers Dozen Collaborate Exhibition

“Our emphasis is on the Made. Twelve Makers working in very different ways, living and practicing within the city, researching, engaging and making.” – Makers Dozen, 2013. “We are a group of Manchester based makers who come together to form Makers Dozen. With strong connections to the North West, the work we exhibit and the…

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Last Chance to See: Tactile Illusions

Manchester Craft & Design Centre are excited to announce their new exhibition, ‘Tactile Illusions’, a showcase of work by Elizabeth Jane Winstanley. Elizabeth won MCDC’s 8th Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award for her experimental approach to embroidery. Elizabeth is not quite what you’d expect from an embroidery graduate, and her use of experimental, innovative…

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