This year’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) opens its doors from 8 to 11 October at Old Granada Studios in Manchester for its vibrant and dynamic annual celebration of cutting-edge craft and design.
The Studios will once again be bustling with creative talent, providing shoppers and collectors looking to buy or commission the beautiful and unique direct from 175 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers. Selected by an independent panel for their excellence, the designer-makers will showcase work from a variety of areas of design including interior and fashion textiles, glass, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, furniture, print-making and more. Buying direct from the makers, visitors can learn about the craft skills, inspiration, materials and stories behind the work on show.
This year, visitors will also be able to get involved in the making process, with demonstrations, workshops, installations and curator led talks and tours. New for 2015 is a craft and design-based artist in residence, Harriet Lawton who will make a body of work during the event, with involvement from and in full view of the visitors and Stephen Graham, an Installation artist who has recently graduated from the Royal College of Art and who will be producing an installation based upon the Architecture of Manchester. More from these two later.
The GNCCF champions contemporary craft and makers at all levels and all disciplines from the emerging design talent of the curated Great Northern Graduates showcase to the highly collectible and critically-acclaimed makers in the Ornament exhibition. Ornament will showcase exceptional museum quality collectible craft from a selection of the UK’s most eminent makers.
Angela Mann and Ann-Marie Franey founded the GNCCF in 2008.
Angela said: “There is a growing fascination with how items are made and a desire to own pieces with their own story and provenance and craft is booming as a result. We have been celebrating this for eight years in Manchester, arguably the creative capital of the North, and are looking forward to another successful event. To see so much talent under one roof is going to be mind-blowing and promises a fantastic day out for those looking to be inspired, whether it’s their first visit to the GNCCF, or their eighth.”
Ann-Marie said: “We were delighted with the success of Ornament last year and are proud to welcome it back this year, along with new pop-up studios and craft installations. We are delighted to celebrate these exceptional artisans and magnificent makers, who combine fine art, design and making to offer work people want to own, collect and keep.”
The GNCCF will commence with a special preview evening on Thursday 8 October from 6pm-9.30pm where visitors can celebrate the start of the event and have a preview of both Ornament and the Fair itself. It will then be open from 10am on Friday 9 October to Sunday 11 October.