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Manchester Craft & Design Centre
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Please describe your involvement with the Centre, going into relevant detail about your responsibilities and an average day, week, month or year in your role.

As Director I have my finger in a lot of pies, from managing the finances and staff team to keeping our lovely historic building running. Working at MCDC is very hands on – we’re a small team so everyone mucks in. I’m also responsible for strategic plans such as fundraising and developing partnerships, working closely with our Board of Directors, alongside our staff team and resident artists.

Please name five things that you love about the Centre, independent craft and design and/or the arts, providing further reflection if you are inspired to do so.

I first visited MCDC when I was a studying History of Design at MMU, and immediately fell in love with its buzzy atmosphere and independent spirit. I’ve always had a fascination with objects, and the human stories and connections that they convey. Working in contemporary craft & design involves working directly with makers, so the objects aren’t trapped in a historic bubble – they’re in the here and now. At MCDC we’ve got a creative community of artists who are making their living from their craft, and that combination of enterprise and creativity makes for a really dynamic workplace.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date, personally or professionally?

My son! I’m also really proud of the way that MCDC is developing a stronger role in promoting craft and design in the North West and nurturing small businesses, despite very challenging trading conditions.

What is the one, major ambition you still hope to fulfil out of everything you aspire to achieve?

I’d like to see Manchester and the North West becoming an even better place to be a craftsperson or designer, so that we attract and retain creative talent. ‘Making stuff’ is a great way to develop practical and analytical skills, and it also helps us to connect with others and our environment. I was lucky enough to work at MCDC during our 30th anniversary year (2012), and hope that we can put great plans in place to secure a successful future for the Centre for the next 30 years and beyond.



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