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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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Studio Space Opportunity

About the Studio – 18/19 A rare and unique business opportunity has become available at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, in the fashionable Northern Quarter area. Located on the second floor, studio 18/19 is a large, bright work and retail space. It is close to the sink (suitable for ceramicists) and sits between two long…

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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.

Follow @manchestercraft

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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