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AP Focus: The Closca Fuga Helmet

We’re taking a focused look into a key piece of our Athletically Pleasing exhibition by Closca Design. Winner of The Red Dot Design Award in 2015, the Closca Fuga Helmet is an innovation in cycling safety. A minimalist design alongside a highly developed function creates a product like no other. The inner structure is made…

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University of Bolton – Award Winners

  Congratulations are in order…   We popped down to the University of Bolton Creative Degree Show, and we were very impressed with the work we saw and the infectious enthusiasm of their students. Every year we give out the Manchester Craft & Design Centre Award to students we have selected for their talent and potential…

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Graduate Awards 2017

As we head into degree show season, the team here at MCDC are gearing up to visit the local shows around the Greater Manchester area. We’re on the hunt for emerging talent from some of the best arts courses in the UK. This week, we’re visiting: Manchester Metropolitan University – Manchester School of Art Degree…

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Job Opportunities: Summer ’17

Round up of some of the job opportunities around the North West.   Spirit of Manchester: Invitation for quotes to design award trophy Deadline: 31st May 2017 Type: Paid commission Budget: £350 Artform: any design shape or form incorporating the Spirit of Manchester logo Macc’s annual Spirit of Manchester programme highlights the excellent work of…

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Exhibition Opportunities Summer ’17

There are many fairs and exhibitions happening around the UK throughout the year. Take a look at some that might take your fancy. The London Artisan The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of East London. A collaborative project between Designers/Makers and The Old Truman Brewery. The London Artisan offer’s a diverse, quality, shopping…

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Be a Chancer: Darts Tournament at MCDC

Thursday 25th May, 6-8pm ‘THEY THROW LIKE A DREAM’ Join us for the launch of Athletically Pleasing on Thursday 25th May when we’ll be holding an open darts competition unlike any other. The darts  – which are featured in the exhibition – are handmade; crafted beautifully with a beech barrel, brightly coloured paper flights and a brilliantly sharp…

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Athletically Pleasing: A Closer Look

Athletically Pleasing is a showcase of products exploring how craft, design and innovative technology are being used to enhance both athletic performance and aesthetic appeal in sport. Within this piece we uncover the complex research and development which has lead to the creation of these pieces, and how they show the advancements of the new elite of…

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Call out for artists, musicians and performers

Manchester After Hours takes place for one night only each year – an evening of unique collaborations and exceptional happenings in unusual spaces across Manchester. This year we’ve joined forces with Bad Uncle to present a showcase of art, music and performance by practitioners based around the North West, inspired by the work of Alan Menken, the Oscar…

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Volunteer Board Members Required

Help shape the future of Manchester Craft & Design Centre Manchester Craft & Design (MCAD) is a not for profit Social Enterprise with a voluntary Board of Directors, who meet four times per year. Our mission is to be an unforgettable place to make, see and buy contemporary craft and design.  We also offer a…

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Great northern call for applications

MCAD Network Opportunities Digest

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2017 12th – 15th October 2017 Deadline: Tuesday 18th April This year GNCCF celebrates their 10th Anniversary from 12th -15th October at their new home of Upper Campfield Market, in the heart of Manchester city centre. The GNCCF champions makers at all stages of their careers, from emerging graduates to highly collectible…

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Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Help shape the future of our online community for makers

Manchester Craft & Design Network is a monthly e-bulletin of opportunities for craft and design practitioners. We also host bi-annual Maker Meet Up events and Creative Business Development workshops throughout the year. We believe that this platform has significant potential to be developed into a wider support network for knowledge exchange and collaboration and we’re looking for…

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Inspirational Women of MCDC’s Past, Present & Future

For International Women’s Day 2017 we would like to celebrate some of the inspirational women behind Manchester Craft & Design Centre. From the fishmongers of our past to our exhibiting contemporary makers who are redefining the future of craft, MCDC has a 35 year history of making a place for handmade in Manchester. Past… Ellie Gibbons Over our 30th…

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Six reasons to buy handmade this Mother’s Day

With just a few weeks to go until Mother’s Day, the MCDC team have been discussing what we’ll be getting for our mums this year. We all love handmade, obviously. But we often get asked why handmade is so special, why each piece costs more than a similar item on the high street. There are…

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May is Craft & Design Month!

Manchester Craft & Design is supporting Craft and Design Month in May 2017  – an exciting nationwide project designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country. Christine Hitchins, Marketing Manager here at MCDC, says: “We’re supporting Craft and Design Month 2017 as we recognise the importance of being able to…

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NEW Glass Workshops with TrumanKeelingStudios

We are excited to share two new glass workshops with Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s newest recruits TrumanKeelingStudios. Whilst Gemma Truman and Michelle Keeling add the finishing touches to their new home in Studio 26 the duo have announced the first in a series of glass fusing workshops which will be held in space2. In two friendly and relaxed workshops…

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Future Makers 2017

Future Makers: a few of my favourite things…

by Christine Hitchins, Marketing & Digital Manager I love working at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. My bank balance, not so much. I often joke that I need a second job to fund my craft habit, so when  Future Makers rolls around each year my purse groans, along with my belly, which goes hungry when my…

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Loss & Inheritance

Loss & Inheritance is a group exhibition and workshop programme by MA Art & Design students from Manchester School of Art. This two day event explores perceptions of growth and ageing and includes free drop-in craft workshops. Thursday 23rd February Exhibition 1:00-7:00pm Drop-in Workshop 1:00-4:00pm Private View 5:00-7:00pm Friday 24th February Exhibition 10:00-3:00pm Drop-in Workshop…

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Women’s Hour Craft Prize 2017

  The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017 is a BBC, Crafts Council and V&A initiative. It aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner/s or designer-maker/s resident in the UK today, in the most comprehensive prize of its kind. The prize will reward originality and excellence in concept, design and process…

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Introducing Joshua Till

With just two weeks to go until the launch of his debut exhibition, Modern Twist, we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Till. Winner of our 2016 MMU Graduate Award, Joshua has since gone on to win Best Manchester Maker at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Highly Commended in the Furniture Makers’ Company’s Young Furniture Makers…

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Crafts Council’s Hothouse participants announced

The Crafts Council has selected 35 maker businesses to take part in the 2017 Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership with a range of organisations across the UK, including Manchester Craft & Design Centre. The list includes ceramicist Verity Howard, winner of our 2015 MMU Graduate Award and glassmaker Harry Morgan, whose work is currently on display…

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NEW DATE: Introduction to SEO for Makers

***SOLD OUT*** Introduction to SEO for Makers with Jenny Hudson, A Really Good Campaign Thursday 2 February, 10am – 2pm Location: space2, Manchester Craft & Design Centre Part of our Creative Business Development programme. Visit our online shop to book your place(s). Tickets: £15 each, 2 places available What will I learn? If you’re looking to drive more traffic to your…

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Handmade Gifts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

The perfect Valentine’s gift is handmade… We know, we know… you don’t need a special day to tell your loved one how amazing they are! But when you see the great selection of quality handmade gift ideas here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre you won’t be able to help yourself. With jewellery, cards, homewares and…

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Memories are made by… Jane Blease

With Christmas only a week a way we draw to a close our Memories are Made By campaign with our final featured maker, Jane Blease from Studio 25. We ask her about the ideas and processes leading her innovative designs and the memories made through her work. How many years have you been resident at MCDC?…

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Memories are made by… Jessica Owen

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign we have focused on the makers who make original, innovative gifts every day here at MCDC. This week we speak to painter Jessica Owen of Northern Scapes, Studio 16, who’s been resident at MCDC for 13 years, about the inspirations behind her work and her memorable commissions and gifts as…

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Memories are Made by… Jon Damian

This December we’re looking a little closer at the some of the talented makers who make up our fantastic creative community. This week we speak to recent graduate, Jon Peters of Jon Damian jewellery, whose work is available to buy upstairs at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, in Studio 22. How many years have you been resident…

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Memories are made by… Lee Page Hanson

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign we’re celebrating the power of handmade and the makers behind the one-of-a-kind gifts on offer everyday at MCDC. This week we speak to established ceramicist, Lee Page Hanson, whose collection you can see in Studio 4. How many years have you been resident at MCDC? I originally began working in…

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Christmas Giveaway

Make a purchase in any of our studios or in our our online shop between Saturday 19th November and Thursday 15th December to be in with a chance of winning one of four mini hampers filled with handmade goodies. Complete the entry slip provided in the studio when you make your purchase and post it…

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On the Wire: The 12 Days of Christmas

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is currently playing host to four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree! Created by resident paper artist, Kate Kelly of Kaper, the colourful menagerie have made their home in five giant gold rings which have been suspended from a wire below…

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Meet our new makers

With the official launch of our first ever glass exhibition – Heated Exchanges – just days away, we’re delighted to be welcoming two new resident glass artists to Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Gemma Truman (pictured) and Michelle Keeling will take up residence in Studio 26 this November, bringing with them an exciting combination of blown and kiln-formed glassware. After graduating…

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