Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Manchester for fifth year

By Ben Miller | 03 October 2012
A photo of two people looking at ceramic mugs at a fair
Fair Preview: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester, October 4-7 2012

Since starting out in a school five years ago, The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair has increased in size fairly dramatically – around 150 artists and makers are involved this time, including some of the best new textile, wood, furniture, lighting, metal, jewellery, glass, ceramic and craft artists in the region.

A photo of a tall transparent light blue vase with gold edging on a white surface
© Laura Smith
“The number of applications we receive increases every year,” says Ann-Marie Franey, the co-organiser (alongside Angela Mann) who has brought talks to the Fair for the first time this year.

“It makes it tough on the selection panel, but we’re excited by what is an inspiring line-up of designer-makers.

“The motivation behind the event comes from our personal passion for contemporary craft and our love of the north. We hope people find pieces to treasure, and enjoy the experience of buying them direct from the people who made them.”

Installation artist Louise Gardiner, who worked on this year’s COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, and Sharon Blakey, whose ceramics have been inspired by Manchester Art Gallery, are among the speakers.

A Great Northern Graduates stand also showcases rising stars as part of an exhibitor list picked by a panel including judges from Tate Liverpool and Chatsworth House.

More pictures:

A photo of a carved circular bowl showing a deer's head against a turquoise backdrop
© Anna Hunt
A photo of a circular dark blue teapot
© Tone von Krogh


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