This year the GNCCF celebrates its 10th anniversary in its new home of Upper Campfield Market (UCM) in the heart of Manchester. Join us!
The award-winning GNCCF is the longest running contemporary craft fair in the North and is well regarded by designer makers and a much anticipated event in Manchester's cultural calendar. It regularly attracts over 6000 visitors over the course of 4 days.
UCM is a hidden gem, a Victorian Market Hall on the corner of Deansgate (Manchester's main thoroughfare) and London Road in the old Castlefield area, nestled at the end of a small Victorian Arcade between the Instituto Cervantes and Dimitri's Restaurant.
Owned by Manchester City Council, it was the home to The Royal Exchange Theatre whilst their building was renovated after the city centre bomb. it now hosts many cultural and food events and is one of the main venues for Manchester International Festival. It is heated and well lit and retains many original features including a grand metal girded and glass roof.
UCM is slighly smaller than our previous venue and so the GNCCF will have fewer exhibitors with the focus on quality rather than quantity - making the job of this year's selectors even tougher! We aim to select 120 exhibitors this year compared to 140 in previous years.
In addition to exhibitors the GNCCF will also feature artist demos, visitor workshops ( both drop in and paid for) and the Great Northern Graduate Showcase. There will be a cafe on site and the venue is surrounded by trendy cafe bars and restaurants.
The venue is easily accessible, just a 3 min walk from Deansgate train and tram station and a five minute walk from the main shopping centre. There are may car parks within 3 mins walk.
Access for unloading and breakdown is fantastic - exhibitors can park around the rear and side of the venue to unload then move their cars to one of the nearby public car parks.
There are many hotels to cater for all budgets within walking distance, from the YHA 5 mins away to the Hilton across the road. The Deansgate Locks Premier Inn is 10 mins walk away. We will supply a list of hotels to all exhibitors.