Now in its 6th Year the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields is recognised as one of the leading retail events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors with collective exhibitor sales of over £200K.
The GNCCF showcases cutting edge contemporary craft to buy from over 150 selected designer-makers in ceramics, glass, jewellery, interior and fashion textiles, wood, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Visitors can spend the day in a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere, chat to the makers about their work and buy or commission pieces directly from them.
The GNCCF is organised by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann and a team of event volunteers, managed by Leanne Richards.
The idea for the GNCCF was born out of a desire to champion craft in the North, to promote designer-makers and give them a much needed platform in the region to sell their work and to engage a new audience for contemporary craft in the North. In 2007, Great Northern Events NW Ltd, the not-for-profit company was formed and is guided by its Board of Directors.
The inaugural fair took place in 2008 at the Manchester Grammar School and was officially opened by eminent designer Thomas Heatherwick. The GNCCF then made the move to the city centre and Spinningfields, Manchester's prestigious commercial and retail quarter.
2013 sees the show return to a hard sided pavilion within the Spinningfields Estate. This public space is surrounded by street cafes, trendy bars and the commercial offices of some of the UK's leading financial and legal companies. It's close to 'The Avenue', Manchester's new luxury shopping destination and the city's main thoroughfare Deansgate.
The GNCCF has become a regular fixture in Manchester's cultural calendar and in 2011 it won Small Tourism Event of the Year at Manchester's Tourism Awards. It is supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery Grant for the Arts.
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