Craft says…excuse me, listen up, I’m different. Be original, be curious, make a statement. Why not own something that nobody else does? It’s time to think beyond the ubiquitous vanilla of the high street, the curated comfort of terribly nice department stores, and be brave, trust your taste.
Contemporary craft isn’t just a match for anything from a top-end retailer; it’s more individual, more vibrant and imbued with more soul. Made for keeps not just a season.
So as craft moves from the periphery of the design world, it says no to made with love niceties and whittled spoons and yes to made with passion, substance and, above all, knowledge. Because craft says I have a story to tell, I have an idea, an origin, a provenance.
Craft says join us for a curated showcase of top designer-makers and craft artists handpicked by a panel of renowned independent craft experts (a group who set the bar so high that it’s a real coup to be selected) leaving you with a celebration of only the best cutting-edge design and beautiful craftsmanship.
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs (GNCCF) are the last word in contemporary craft selling events in the north.
Founded by passion-fuelled people with an obsessive love of craft and a desire to create nationally renowned events, it’s no coincidence that the GNCCF have become the must-attend events for exhibitors and buyers alike.
Expect a diverse range of talents and stories from a wide range of craftspeople, including contemporary ceramicists, jewellers, furniture-makers and printmakers. There will also be the chance to watch a selected few working and see just what it takes to turn their vision and passion into tangible objects that speak to you. It is not only an opportunity to buy directly from the hands of the makers but even commission something bespoke from them too.
These unique not-for-profit events are supported by Art Council England to champion and promote contemporary craft and designer-makers.
So perhaps it’s time you opened up a conversation with craft?
Your visit will help support our outreach work delivering quality craft workshops for our partner charity Oasis Gorton, a drop in community centre in east Manchester.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our shows in 2020.
Ann-Marie Franey & Angela Mann
Organisers, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs & Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs
Founders, Great Northern Events NW Ltd.