Entomagical by Anna Collette Hunt

150th Anniversary Event

Friday 14th April - Saturday 26th August

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

In celebration of our building’s 150th anniversary, ceramic artist Anna Collette Hunt has created a collection of Entomagical insects to reflect the hive mentality of the Centre and our city. Frozen in time, these reimagined insects connect with our building’s Victorian past and Manchester’s worker bee mindset.

Our building first opened its doors in 1873 and was part of the bustling Smithfield Markets. The majority of the markets were demolished in 1978 and the remaining disused retail fish market was converted into Manchester Craft Village in 1982. It has been home to a creative community of makers ever since.

The mystery and wonder of the natural world and the curious order of insects are the focus of Anna’s work. Many of our talented team of makers also look towards nature for inspiration and find a deep connection with our environment. Immersed in making, Manchester Craft and Design Centre has been a creative space for local makers and visitors to connect. We are proud to be able to celebrate the building’s rich heritage and its future as a hive of creative activity.

Read Anna Collette Hunt’s bio

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Please join us for the launch on Thursday 20th April from 5.30pm – 8pm
Our new cafe BQ Bitesize will be offering a complimentary drink on arrival.

Entomagical opens on Friday 14th April – Saturday 26th August 2023
Free entrance
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm
2nd Sunday of the Month, 11am – 5pm

Entomagical is part of our building’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Event. Sign up to our regular e-newsletter here to find out more.

All pieces are available for purchase. Please email [email protected], call 0161 832 4274, or pop into the office on the first floor.