Studio Application: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

We are actively seeking makers who have the following qualities:

  • Genuine skill and ambition
  • Create unique or limited batch-work (small quantities)
  • Are continually striving for excellence and individuality

We are also most interested in makers working in materials including (but not limited by) silver and other metalwork, ceramics, textiles, wood (including furniture), glass, millinery and paper.

We are not currently looking to add more jewellery makers to the Centre.

We do not accept applications from those working in the fields of fine art, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture or traditional and heritage craftwork or design that seeks to restore or reproduce. Applications will only be considered from craft or design businesses.

Our eligibility criteria is based on our Artistic Policy, which you can download here.

What is the difference between Resident and Affiliate Maker?

Resident Makers are the legal tenants of Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s studios. They have full responsibility for their studio space.

Affiliate Makers do not have the same level of responsibility as Resident Makers, and agreements regarding cost/ studio space/ studio cover are organised by the Resident Maker in your studio. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate Maker, please indicate this in your expression of interest.

What is the process for applications? 

Resident Makers (i.e. studio renters)

Register your interest

Initial eligibility check

If your work is ineligible according to the criteria above, you will be informed. Decisions are made every four weeks, please be patient while we do our eligibility checks as we receive a lot of applications. 

Eligible applications will be added to the waiting list.

Studio Becomes Available

Makers on the waiting list invited to complete application form

You will be given up to one month, within which to respond to this call for applications. Should you miss the deadline unfortunately we cannot accept your application. 

Final Decision

Decisions are made by a panel including two members of MCDC’s Management Team and one of our Artistic Directors. Successful applicants will be invited to interview, where you will also be asked to bring along samples of your work. 

Affiliate Makers (i.e. studio sharers)

Register your Interest

Please send a covering letter, CV and 6 images of your work here.

The covering letter must outline why you want to be part of MCDC, and why you would like to be an Affiliate Maker.

Space Becomes Available

You will be contacted by a Resident Maker who is looking for an Affiliate Maker to share their studio.


How long will I be kept on the waiting list?

You will remain on our waiting list for 2 years unless you choose to opt out. We will only contact you if a studio becomes available. Until after two years when you will be contacted to ask if you would like to remain on the waiting list. Your details will not be shared or used for any other purpose.


Have we answered all of your questions? If not, please contact the management team on 0161 832 4274 or e-mail at