Staffordshire makers selected for Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair takes place this October at the Upper Campfield Market, Manchester. Find out more details below 

Four Staffordshire makers will exhibit at the fair, including mixed media artist, Ela Niznik, who created the above

Four designer-makers from Staffordshire have been selected for the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) – the largest event of its kind in the north of England.

They include textile artist, Lubna Din from Burton-on-Trent, Thomas Whittingham Furniture from Hednesford, contemporary jewellery designer, Libby Ward from Stoke-on-Trent and mixed media artist, Ela Niznik, also from Stoke-on-Trent.

The event will open its doors for four days of cutting-edge craft and design at Upper Campfield Market, a Grade II listed Victorian building in the heart of Manchester, from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 October.

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The show will feature over 150 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers who have been specially selected by a panel of craft experts. Opening with a preview on Thursday 11 October, where guests are given exclusive access the show and the first opportunity to see and buy the work, the fair will then open to the public from the 12-14 October.

Thomas Whittingham Furniture from Hednesford has been chosen to take park in the GNCCF

The GNCCF will once again be filled with creative talent plus visitors and collectors looking to buy or commission direct from designer-makers working in glass, jewellery, ceramics, interior and fashion textiles, metalwork, furniture, print-making and more. The audience are given the opportunity to meet the makers and learn about the materials, processes and ideas behind the work.

Established in 2008 and officially opened by British Designer Thomas Heatherwick, the GNCCF is one of the biggest craft events in the UK and has become a much-anticipated highlight in the North’s cultural calendar.

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Talented local textile artist, Lubna Din from Burton-on-Trent will be at the the show

The eleventh show will feature artist talks and demonstrations as well as a regular and important feature of the fair, the ‘Great Northern Graduates’ showcase. This features the best new talent to emerge from the UK’s creative courses. These makers truly are ‘the ones to watch’.

Angela Mann and Ann-Marie Franey founded the GNCCF, which is supported by Arts Council England through Grant for the Arts, with the aim of championing and promoting contemporary craft and designer-makers in the North. Ann-Marie said: “We are looking forward being back in Manchester after launching new events in Newcastle and Sheffield earlier this year. Visitors can expect a stimulating day out in an unusual setting, with interesting and beautiful work from new and established makers. Interest in contemporary craft grows year-on-year and we’re excited to be part of this, flying the flag for Northern craft.”

Contemporary jewellery designer, Libby Ward from Stoke-on-Trent will also feature at the GNCCF

Angela Mann said: “We’re extremely grateful for the support of the Arts Council and other key partners in supporting this event. We’d also like to thank the designer-makers from a wide variety of disciplines who come together to help us produce such a great show.”

Ticket prices: In advance £6.50 (£5.50 concs) / On the door £7.50 (£6.50 concs) For further information on the show, visit the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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