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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 can meet the makers behind the work and discover fantastic one-off gifts (or treats for yourself). Buying handmade craft and design is also a great way to show your…

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Ella Macintosh using pewter smithing equipment in her studio.

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 design. We work closely with local residents,…

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Amy Wilkinson

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 challenging times.   If you’re looking for something to brighten up your home office or treat your loved ones, then you can make your purchases count by buying…

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MCDC Exterior of the building


FAQs  What are your opening hours? From Monday 12th April, we will be open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm.  Will all of the studios be open?  The majority of our studios will be open every day, although due to individual circumstances some studios may be closed at times. If you are visiting for a…

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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 space and a vibrant creative community in Manchester’s…

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Craft at Home Website

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. Many of our talented makers are…

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Example of weaving on a larger loom.

Craft Term: Workshops

18 Feb – 20 Feb, Booking via Eventbrite This half-term come and get making at our Craft Term workshops. From weaving inspired by our new ‘#MagicCarpet’ exhibition to helping to create a giant sculpture in clay, we have a diverse selection of make-and-do activities to suit all ages and abilities. Craft Term: Wonderful Weaving, 18…

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Magic Carpet exhibition identity by Studio Dotto


#MagicCarpet: Of wandering and weaving, of digits and the digital, of craft and craftiness Thursday 30 January – Saturday 4 April Whether it’s craft, creativity or the different ways our minds work that sparks your curiosity, everyone can be inspired by at our latest exhibition #MagicCarpet. Artist and researcher Dr Kai Syng Tan’s work playfully…

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