Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths Manchester : 13-16 October 2022
GNCCFonline Christmas Edition : 3-4 December 2022
Craft says…excuse me, listen up, I’m different. Be original, be curious, make a statement. Why not own something that nobody else does?
We are Great Northern Events NW Ltd, a not for profit organisation, whose aims are to champion designer-makers, provide opportunities to showcase and sell their work, and help build a market for craft through our award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs.
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) and GNCCFonline are opportunitues to buy direct from top designer-makers and craft artists. All exhibitors are hand-picked by an independent panel of craft experts, to give you the best in covetable and beautiful design and craftsmanship.
The shows feature jewellery, textile accessories, print, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and more. GNCCF and GNCCFonline are opportunities to buy direct from the makers - and to meet and chat to them at our "live" fairs. Many of our exhibiting makers also work to commission, should you be looking for something special or bespoke.
Founded by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann, both passion-fuelled people with an obsessive love of craft and a desire to create nationally renowned events, it’s no coincidence that the GNCCF has become the must-attend event for exhibitors and buyers alike.
Since the first fair was offically opened by internationally renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick in 2008, our craft events have showcased over 3000 artists, attracted over 85000 visitors and sold over £3m of craft.
Great Northern Events NW Ltd is a member of Craft UK and is represented on the steering group of the NW Craft Network.
Our Outreach Work
With the ambition of making craft more accessible to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, GNE has partnered with The Oasis Centre, a charity in Gorton East Manchester. We deliver an outreach programme of free craft workshops for their service users. To date, we have hosted over 50 artist-led craft workshops and engaged over 1000 members of their local community. In 2019 GNE commissioned an Artist in Residence to work with the Oasis community to create a permanent artwork for the exterior of their new building and the piece was installed in the summer of 2021.
We welcome your kind donations to contribute to our outreach work. Please donate below. Thank-you.
GNCCF and GNCCFonline are only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.