We are delighted to announce our programme of events for 2022:
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths Manchester : 13-16 October
GNCCFonline Spring Edition : 21-22 May
GNCCFonline Christmas Edition : 3-4 December
Applications open from 1st - 28th February 2022.
Further info regarding stand package fees and application guidance will be published shortly.
The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is the foremost selling event in the North, with a national reputation in the sector. A much anticipated event in Manchester's cultural calendar, it features 150 of the best designer-makers in the UK and attracts 6000 visitors over the weekend.
The GNCCF takes place in the stunning Victoria Baths, one of Manchester’s favourite heritage attractions and home to many other arts and cultural events, including Manchester International Festival. Known as Manchester's Water Palace, no expense was spared on the building when it opened to the public in 1906, and its beautiful glazed Victorian tiled walls, mosaic floors and decorative stained glass interior provide a fitting backdrop to the beautiful craft on sale at the GNCCF.
The fair features over 150 makers, all selected for their excellence in their craft by an expert panel, to ensure a cross section and high standard of different crafts on sale. GNCCF Manchester also features artists demonstrating their work, exhibitions of new graduate work and makers pushing the boundaries of their craft and craft workshops.There is a cafe on site.
GNCCF Manchester is primarily a shell-scheme event of white plywood exhibition stands of various sizes. However, we are mindful of the financial impact the pandemic has had on makers, so we will have a range of more affordable stand options to choose from such as table-top and space only to smaller shell scheme options.
The venue is easily accessible, with free parking on site, and on surrounding roads, and a multi-story car park is just a 3 min walk away. It is a five minute walk from Oxford Road, the main bus route into the city centre and a ten minute walk from the Whitworth, Manchester’s award-winning art gallery.
Access for unloading/breakdown is straightforward; exhibitors can park on site to unload, then move their cars to one of the nearby public car parks.
There are hotels to cater for all budgets a short walk away and plenty more in the city centre, which is a 25 minute walk or 8 min bus ride away.
Should the live version of GNCCF Manchester have to be cancelled due to Govt/Covid-19 restrictions, the fair will revert to an online edition. All exhibitors will be given the option to take part in this online version at a much reduced participation fee and full/partial refunds will be given for the difference.
GNCCFonline fairs feature makers from the UK and beyond and are an opportunity to sell your work and raise your profile under the GNCCF brand. Like our flagship in person fair, all exhibitors are selected by an expert panel. Each GNCCFonline exhibitor has a "shop window" on our website, featuring 8 curated products (including images and description) for visitors to buy, along with links to their own online shops. We take no commissions on sales and all transactions are handled by the exhibitor. GNCCFonline is extensively promoted on our social media platforms and via our mailing lists and partners. Exhibitors shop portals will remain open for at least a month after the fair weekend for follow up sales.
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs are possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.