The GNCCF is recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors to Old Granada Studios.

It showcases contemporary craft to buy from over 160 selected designer-makers in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and home-wares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Visitors can buy or commission work directly from the makers, learning about the process, inspiration, materials and stories behind the work. 

The GNCCF 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:

Studio 6 is an exciting, edgy exhibition space featuring new makers and designers starting out in their creative practice. These are the ones to watch and with all work for sale it's an opportunity to pick up affordable pieces.  Studio 6 includes:

  • Great Northern Graduates  - a selected 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.
  • Makers Dozen - a collective of Manchester based makers working in very different ways and covering a broad range of craft practices from furniture and product design to fine artists.
  • One Year On - our Great Northern Graduates from 2015 return with new work and new directions on their making portfolios.
  • Emerging Talent  - a selection of new makers from across the UK launching their craft practice.

Following its successful launch at GNCCF 2014, Ornament returns to give GNCCF visitors a chance to invest in museum quality collectible craft from a selection of the UK's most eminent makers.  This selling exhibition, curated by Michelle Keeling in partnership with curators of contemporary craft collections in museums & galleries across the North, will feature outstanding work to inspire, engage and tempt new and existing collectors.

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 
  • Pop up Ateliers- a selection of makers  have set up mini studios within the GNCCF to demonstrate their skills. 
  • Workshops    

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.