It may still be inexcusably early for talking about Christmas, BUT, for those endowed with the special power of forward planning, the Great Northern Craft Fair is a unique gift buying opportunity not to be missed. Shopping aside however, it’s also the chance to experience the cutting edge of contemporary craft and design, with work by over 150 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers all in one place. Not to mention a packed programme of talks, demonstrations, pop-up studios, drop-in workshops and masterclasses for visitors to attend.
Coinciding with the fair’s tenth anniversary, GNCCF has moved to Upper Campfield Market and announced an exciting new partnership with Design Manchester’s annual October festival, DM17, which offers more than 50 events at venues across the city. This year also promises a very fresh feel as over half of the 2017 exhibitors are new.
The award-winning GNCCF is the longest-running and largest contemporary craft fair in the North, spanning everything from ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture and print making to wood carving, lighting, textiles, works on paper, and silver and metal design. As well as established makers, it also gives a platform to more emerging artists, and features the Great Northern Graduates award, presenting work by some of the most promising graduates from creative courses across the country.