The annual celebration of cutting-edge design and beautiful craftsmanship which makes up the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) will take place at Old Granada Studios in Manchester from October 6-9, 2016. This award-winning not-for-profit event, the largest in the North, will bring together more than 160 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers, real-time making and an exhibition of museum-quality contemporary craft to offer visitors a unique experience.

Now in its ninth year, the GNCCF is supported by Arts Council England with the aim of championing and promoting contemporary craft and designer-makers. This carefully curated event will delight everyone from those looking to buy the beautiful and unique direct from the hand that made it, to those wanting to see work by critically-acclaimed artists in the Ornament exhibition.

All of the designer-makers taking part have been selected by an independent panel for their excellence, with interior and fashion textiles, glass, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, furniture, print-making and more on show at the event. As well as emerging and established makers, the curated Great Northern Graduates will showcase best new design talent selected from the region’s degree shows.

This vibrant event will also bring craft alive through Craftworks – a programme of workshops, pop-up studios and talks by leading designer-makers enabling visitors to learn about the inspiration, materials, making process and stories behind the work of these passionate artists and makers. Celebrated ceramicist Zoe Lloyd will make new work under the gaze of show visitors as the GNCCF’s Artist in Residence and mixed media artist Harriet Lawton will return as Installation Artist to share the artwork she created with help of visitors as part of the event last year.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets (we have five pairs to giveaway), simply sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘Craft Fair’.

Closing date: September 27, 2016

A winner will be picked at random and notified by September 28, 2016


Manchester's Great Northern Contemporary Craft FairGNCCF will commence with a special preview evening on October 6 from 6pm-9.30pm. Following the preview, the GNCCF and the Ornament exhibition will then be open to the public from 10am on October 7 to October 9.

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