For my day job, I’ve been writing about students from the Manchester School of Art who have been chosen to show at this year’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. But it’s such an amazing event, I wanted to write about it here, as well.
The GNCCF runs from October 8th to the 12th, and this year will be at Old Granada Studios. Organisers are promising that there will be pop-up studios, craft workshops, and Artist in Residence and an Installation Artist making exclusive work at this year’s event.
In addition to our 11 students (and one lecturer!), visitors will be able to see work by a total of 175 designer-makers in a variety of disciplines including interior and fashion textiles, glass, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, furniture, print-making and more. Visitors can learn about the inspiration, materials, making process and stories behind the work.
Angela Mann and Ann-Marie Franey founded the GNCCF in 2008. Ann-Marie 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 enjoying a resurgence as a result. The GNCCF is an enjoyable and inspiring experience and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”
Angela Mann said: “Going forward, we aim to make the GNCCF a destination event for a national audience and ‘bring craft alive’ through the introduction of pop up studios, the Artist in Residence and Installation Artist; and other opportunities for audience engagement and interaction.”