The great Great Northern is coming!


It’s nearly time… The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) will very soon be opening its doors for a celebration of cutting-edge craft and design at the Upper Campfield Market, a Grade II listed Victorian building in the heart of Manchester.

This event will begin with a special preview evening on Thursday 11th October and will then be open to the public from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October.

We love the curation of this show. The organisers are always careful to keep the show refreshed to ensure that regular visitors will discover new makers each year. Visitors can expect to see established makers of contemporary ceramics, jewellery, furniture, textiles, sculpture, print and more, alongside those who are just launching their creative businesses.

Thirteen new designers, who are amongst the UK’s best up-and-coming creative graduates, have been selected to exhibit in a special section called the Great Northern Graduates. This group of talented graduates are from nine different universities around the UK and they were selected by curator Elle Simms from their degree shows and from this year’s New Designers event in London. This is a great opportunity for this collective of new talent to exhibit alongside over 150 of the UK’s leading designer-makers.

We’re excited to see the range of new talent taking part this year, especially as we’re also very keen to support new businesses and will again be sponsoring the Best New Business award. This award is given to a maker who has only been in business for up to 5 years.

We’re really looking forward to catching up with everyone. Lots of our madebyhandonline Makers will be there, including Ann Povey, Tone von Krogh and [vinegar & brown paper]

Liz Cooksey, Fern Robinson and Rachel Brown….

…and many more. Follow this link to see the full exhibitor list.

The Great Northern is supported by Arts Council England through Grant for the Arts. Angela Mann and Ann-Marie Franey founded the GNCCF in 2008 with the aim of championing and promoting contemporary craft and designer-makers in the North. The show is now firmly fixed on the craft calendar and is now the largest contemporary craft fair in the North.

Ann-Marie said: “We are looking forward to being back in Manchester after launching new events in Newcastle and Sheffield earlier this year. Visitors can expect a stimulating day out in an unusual setting, with interesting and beautiful work from new and established makers. Interest in contemporary craft grows year-on-year and we’re excited to be part of this, flying the flag for Northern craft.”

As well as being spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, visitors can also enjoy attending an artist presentation and there will also be demonstrations throughout the weekend.

See you there!

(Pictured: Naomi James, Jennifer Collier and Lynsey Walters)

Open to the public:
Friday 12th October: 10am-6pm
Saturday 13th October: 10am-5pm
Sunday 14th October: 10am-4pm
Upper Campfield Market, Campfield Arcade, Manchester M3 4FN.

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