The GNCCF is one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors to Old Granada Studios from 6-9 October 2016

Buy and commission outstanding contemporary craft  from over 160 designer-makers selected for their excellence in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and home-wares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Meet the makers to learn about the process, inspiration, materials and stories behind the work. And sign up to maker led workshops.

The GNCCF is a not for profit event which champions contemporary craft and makers at all stages of their careers. From emerging graduates in Studio 6 to highly collectible and critically acclaimed makers in Ornament, the GNCCF is a vibrant, dynamic celebration of outstanding contemporary craft and design. 

Here's what's in store for 2016:

  • Great Northern Graduates  - a curated showcase of the best new graduates to come out of the North.  
  • HotHouse Showcase  - features early and mid career designer makers who have been selected for the Hothouse Maker Development Programme run by the Crafts Council.
  • Emerging Talent  - a selection of new makers from across the UK launching their craft practice.
  • Ornament  -invest in museum quality collectible craft from a selection of the UK's most eminent makers.  

2016 will also see the return of Craftworks: exciting new features to bring the process of craft and making alive and engage the GNCCF audience in new ways. These include:

  • Artist in Residence - join Zoe Lloyd make a ceramic installation
  • Pop up Ateliers-  watch makers demonstrate on their stands
  • Workshops - sign up to maker led workshops
  • Maker Statement - 5 minute talks from makers   

Since 2008, when internationally acclaimed designer, Thomas Heatherwick, opened the first show, the GNCCF has become a much-anticipated highlight in the North's cultural calendar. It won Small Tourism Event of the Year at Manchester's Tourism Awards 2014, having previously won in 2011 and was a finalist in the Northern Design Awards 2013.

The GNCCF is organised by Great Northern Events NW Ltd, a not for profit organisation whose aims are to champion contemporary craft in the North,  give designer makers a platform to promote and sell their work and engage and develop new audiences of buyers and collectors. The GNCCF is supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery Grant for the Arts.