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Kaylee Jenkinson portrait

Kaylee Jenkinson shortlisted for Manchester Culture Awards

Kaylee Jenkinson, our former Exhibitions and Events Officer of six years, is a leading Manchester-based champion of independent makers and handmade craft, bringing her passion and knowledge of the subject to all those she supports and the exhibitions she creates.  During her time at the Centre she curated an incredibly diverse and inspiring programme of…

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Manchester Pride #MakePride

Manchester Craft and Design Centre has been a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ visitors and makers since 1982 and this Manchester Pride we’re excited to be joining in with the city-wide celebrations. Our talented Designer/Makers create handmade work across a wide range of materials, from jewellery to ceramics, illustration to wedding dresses and more. Our jewellery…

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Visitor photographing figurine in the exhibition.

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For all the latest on happenings, upcoming events and contemporary craft from the team here and our talented Resident Makers, follow us on: For stories and inspiration – Instagram News and recruitment – Twitter Workshops and events – Facebook  Share your visit with us using #visitmanchestercraft

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Spotted 2019: Manchester School of Art

This year we were once again amazed by the talent on show at Manchester School of Art Degree Show and we went to spot up and coming talent at the 2019 Degree Show. Our team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at both regional and national graduate shows since 2011, hand picking makers who…

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Kaylee talking to visitors

London Craft Week Top Picks

Our Exhibitions and Events Coordinator and Craft Guru, Kaylee Jenkinson, looks ahead to London Craft Week with some must-visit exhibitions and happenings to go and see: I’m excited to be visiting London Craft Week next week. Each year London celebrates exceptional craftsmanship through a programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops, and events in a huge variety…

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Studio Space Opportunity

  ** NEW STUDIO SPACE OPPORTUNITY ** Studio Space Opportunity – Studio 5 A rare and unique business opportunity has become available at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. RA Designs, our most established business, is looking for a studio share (studio 5). This is suitable for someone mid-career who is looking to expand their business….

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future makers events

Future Makers 2019

Future Makers 2019 launch: Thursday 7 February, 6pm – 8pm, free Each year our Resident Makers hand pick innovative makers who are either studying, have recently graduated, or just starting their creative businesses. Our makers generously share their studios and expertise with the Future Makers, showcasing and selling their work and bringing emerging craft and design…

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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Ishy Miller

Ishy Miller graduated from the Textile Design course at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee earlier this year, she strives to show to beginners interested in dressmaking how the craft can be straightforward and gratifying, as opposed to its often difficult and daunting perceptions.  She develops simplified dressmaking kits ideal for…

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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Meghan Graydon Darby

Meghan graduated from the Textiles in Practice course at Manchester school of Art earlier this year. Meghan looks at the everyday and the many things we tend to overlook as part of our identity and culture. She explores elements from her past surroundings and identity as part of her primary inspiration, referring to the traits of…

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Glass vessels

Spotted 2018 : Interview with Bethany Fowkes

Bethany Fowkes graduated from the Design Crafts course at De Montfort University earlier this year, she specialises in glasswork and is inspired by patterns and colours that are around her. Following her graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Jess about her work and how she plans to move forward with her practice.   Where…

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