IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
It is with deep regret, that we have had to cancel all our fairs for the foreseeable future.
Over the next few months, GNCCFs virtual channels – our website, social media & e- newsletter – will become mini fairs, exhibitions, plinths, profiles and conversations to celebrate craft and champion our makers. Please sign up to our mailing list HERE and follow us on social media.
The closure of galleries and fairs will have a huge impact on makers. If you can afford to, please buy from them. They need your support more than ever - and now surely is the time to take pleasure in those simple things like a handmade mug, a beautiful cushion or a piece of jewellery.
Our hearts also go out to our vulnerable friends at the Oasis Centre, Gorton, where our outreach work helps alleviate the stresses of their often chaotic lives. We'll be reaching out by providing simple craft kits, created by our makers, to be delivered with their food parcels.
We will be back with all our shows in 2021. Until then,
Stay generous. Stay safe. Stay in touch.
Ann-Marie & Angela x
Read about our outreach work in GNCCF Live
GNCCF Live with The Oasis Centre Gorton
We want people from all backgrounds to experience the joy of making. Since 2018, GNE have partnered with the Oasis Centre in Gorton, East Manchester to facilitate outreach work, taking free and accessible craft workshops, led by GNCCF exhibitors, to benefit the disadvantaged people who use their service.
Gorton is in the lowest 1.5% on the Indices of Deprivation in the UK and Oasis is an oasis of love, warmth, help and advice for the homeless, long term unemployed, asylum seekers, refugees and people with mental and physical health issues. These people have little or no prior engagement with the arts due to their circumstances. Our workshops teach a variety of craft skills to create work they are proud of and promote their self esteem and well-being. In 2019/20 we appointed an Artist in Residence to work with the Oasis community to create a permanent body of work for their new building. We are looking forward to the grand unveiling!
We are grateful for National Lottery funding from Arts Council England to help us deliver this outreach work.
For more details of Oasis Gorton click here