Charlotte Metcalf is the Editor of Great British Brands and the co-presenter of Break Out Culture, a weekly podcast with former Minister of Culture, Lord Vaizey. She is also a film-maker, author and journalist. Every week she’ll be reporting on cultural events, exhibitions, fairs and publications that are of interest to the communities of craftsmen we represent and celebrate, with a particular focus on goldsmiths and silversmiths.
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Manchester hosts the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
This week we’re going to Manchester to celebrate the impressive range of metalwork on display at Manchester’s Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, which opens on Thursday at Victoria Baths.
The fair’s aim is to champion makers and, give them opportunities to showcase and sell their work. The first fair was officially opened by legendary designer Thomas Heatherwick in 2008, and since then these events have showcased over 3,000 artists, attracted 85,000 visitors and sold over £3m of craft.
All exhibitors are hand-picked by an independent panel of craft experts. Alongside metalwork the show features jewellery, textile accessories, print, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass and wood. There are opportunities to buy direct from makers, commission bespoke pieces and to meet and talk to exhibitors.