great northern contemporary craft fair

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair: A Must-See Show for UK Craft Fans.

In today’s post we’re taking a closer look at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF). As one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, it’s a ‘must-visit’ show for fans of the designer-maker scene.

A highlight in the UK’s craft calendar, the fair will showcase over 175 selected designer-makers and welcome over 6,000 visitors during its 3-day run at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester. Allowing visitors to both purchase and commission work direct from the makers.

Alongside the shopping, the fair also gives craft fans a chance to take a closer look at the designer-maker community;  to learn the process, inspiration, materials and stories behind the pieces on show.

Sound good?

Well, here’s 10 more reasons you’ll want to visit this year’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

1. Great Northern Graduates

Great Northern Graduates is a curated showcase of the best new crafting talent to come out of the North. Chosen by GNG curator, Michelle Keeling, each graduate is awarded complimentary space to exhibit their designs.

2. HotHouse

The HotHouse area features designer-makers in the “early and mid” stage of their career. Each has been selected for the Hothouse Maker Development Programme run by the Crafts Council.

3. Makers Dozen

Makers Dozen is a collective of Manchester-based makers. Each of the group practices a different range of craftsmanship from furniture and product design to fine art.

4. One Year On

One Year On is a sector devoted to the Great Northern Graduates from 2014. Returning for a second year, these designers will be showing the new work and new direction their portfolios have taken since last year’s show.

5. Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent is devoted to a selection of new makers. Chosen from across the UK, each is launching themselves into the world of craft.

6. Ornament

Following its successful launch at last year’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Ornament returns to give visitors a chance to invest in museum-quality, collectible craft from a selection of the UK’s most eminent makers.

Curated by Victoria Scholes (in partnership with curators of contemporary craft collections in museums & galleries across the North), the exhibition will feature outstanding work to inspire, engage and tempt collectors.

7. Artist in Residence

Enabling a sneak peek at the ‘making’ side of craft, Artist in Residence is a unique opportunity to watch textile and ceramic artist Harriet Lawton bring a new body of work to life (with a little help from audience participation).

8. Installation Art

Sure to make a big impact, Ceramicist Stephen Graham has been specially commissioned to produce a large scale installation from clay at this year’s show. Inspired by the architecture of Manchester, the installation will be a must-see for fans of art and sculpture.

9. Pop up Ateliers

Demonstrating their unique skills, a selection of makers will be setting up Pop up Ateliers; bringing mini design studios to the heart of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

10. Ceramic workshops

Last but not least in our reasons to visit the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is the Ceramic workshops. Fair favourite Zoe Lloyd will be delivering a series of daily workshops.


Get Ready to Visit:

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair runs from the 9th – 11th October with a preview evening on the 8th October. For full information and tickets please visit the Great Northern Events website.

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