Put down the Urban Outfitters earrings and step away from the Ikea lamp – don’t even think about the Oliver Bonas mugs; the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is back for its 12th edition and we can’t wait to slip through its doors. Encouraging visitors to explore beyond the mass-produced items that furnish our lives and embrace the beauty of handcrafted, unique objects made by local designers; the fair is a treasure-trove for those who wish to support the independent shopping scene or simply experience contemporary craft at its finest and most fresh.
This year’s carefully curated selection of over 160 makers from across the UK will include jewellers, ceramicists, furniture-makers, textile and glass artists, metalsmiths and printmakers, who will be selling their work directly, accepting bespoke commissions and offering free demonstrations of their making process. Alongside these and various curator talks, GNCCF 2019 will also feature two exhibitions: Great Northern Graduates (a curated showcase of 15 exceptional new makers selected from 3,000 students who graduated from this year’s creative courses) and an area dedicated to makers selected for the Craft Council’s Hothouse Award – alumni of which have gone on to create installations for Selfridges and Burberry and exhibited internationally at prestigious design events such as Milan Design Week.
The standard and breadth of work presented in previous editions of GNCCF Manchester has led the weekend event to become a firm fixture in the annual cultural calendar of the north, and this year’s offering looks set to be as strong as ever. Held in the beautiful surrounds of Upper Campfield Market Hall (a treat in itself), don’t miss this leading contemporary craft event – and get your Christmas shopping off to an unbeatable start.