2018 - Top Craft Events

We are delighted to have been invited to be a partner at Made by Hand Cheltenham in March 2018. It's great to be involved with other organisations and over 100 makers. But it's not the only fantastic craft event taking place across the year  - there's so much coming up across the crafts sector, it’s going to be a very busy year for us and craft lovers.

Here’s our round up of events, we look forward to seeing you there...

Collect, Crafts Council
22 - 25 February 2018
Saatchi Gallery, London

Collect brings together 39 galleries from four continents for a celebration of making, extraordinary in both scale and scope. Museum-quality works and installations from hundreds of the most talented makers in the UK, USA, South Korea, Japan, France, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden will offer visitors and collectors a multidisciplinary overview of the people, processes, materials and ideas defining international craft in 2018.

From the makers sustaining and enhancing historic craft techniques to experimental artists breaking material boundaries and pioneering new processes, Collect provides an immersive and wide-ranging snapshot of what craft means today, and a glimpse of what it might become in the future.

Made by Hand
10 - 11 March 2018  
Cheltenham Town Hall

In partnership with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester (yes, us!) and Cheltenham Trust, Period Living, Hereford College of Arts, madebyhandonline.com and craft&design.net, Made by Hand Cheltenham is all set to take place in the iconic location of Cheltenham Town Hall for the first time.

100 of the UK's finest, contemporary makers were selected for Made by Hand Cheltenham

Made by Hand will also host a lively programme of workshops and demonstrations. The event will also be complimented with live music and a lovely cafe on site. Sunday March 11th is Mother's Day so you can make the day extra special with a visit to Made by Hand.

 AHH Design - Made by Hand, Cheltenham

AHH Design - Made by Hand, Cheltenham

 

London Craft Week
9 - 13 May 2018
Various venues across London

London Craft Week 2018 will take place between 9 - 13 May. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey-of-discovery. In 2017, the curated programme brought together over 230 events from all corners of the globe fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. 

From the V&A to The Shard and RADA to The House of Lords, hidden studios to Mayfair stores and bustling workshops to Michelin starred restaurants, London Craft Week is spread across the capital’s iconic buildings, influential institutions and off-the-beaten track side streets, many of which are not normally open to the public. Likewise, the programme spans a broad spectrum from unknown makers to celebrated masters, famous designers, brands and galleries. We have worked with a spectrum of emerging and established makers and artists such as Tom Raffield, Bill Amberg, Felicity Aylieff, Julian Stair and Grayson Perry who have featured alongside luxury brands including: Founding Partner Vacheron Constantin, Princess Yachts, Rolls Royce, Mulberry and Georg Jensen.

Museums and galleries including the V&A, Geffrye Museum, British Museum and Wallace Collection have hosted events as well as fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou and Hussein Chalayan.

For London Craft Week 2017, international content included wood carvers from Japan, artisans from Korea, wood block printers from China, designer-makers from Hong Kong, ceramists from Taiwan, umbrella and cufflink makers from France, porcelain painters from Germany, glass artists from Sweden, furniture makers from Denmark and a guitar maker from Spain. Alongside makers from the UK’s regions and devolved nations including upholsters from Norfolk, knitwear from Derbyshire, steam bending from Cornwall and a special focus on Scotland’s creativity, with Scottish tailoring, weaving and woodworking demonstrations.

London Craft Week aims to experience beautiful things not just as static objects but in the full context in which they were created, highlighting how imagination and talent combine with the very best materials and techniques. An accessible and immersive cultural experience, you can eat, drink and view performances, meet artists, designers, makers and engineers, get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of famous brands and landmark buildings, see familiar products deconstructed, learn how things are made and even have a go yourselves. 

 

Handmade Oxford
18 - 20 May 2018
Oxford Town Hall

2018 sees the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary craft and design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall. 

For over a decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer-makers in the UK. This three-day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, you will be treated to a unique event, in the beautiful setting of Oxford Town Hall. Located in the centre of this ancient city, Oxford Town Hall is the centre of local government and houses the Museum of Oxford.

Bringing together the most exciting contemporary designer-makers from the UK and beyond, Handmade Oxford is a fabulous opportunity to shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture and more! Makers will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about their work and showcase their collections.

 

Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair
22 - 24 June 2018
Bowood House, Wiltshire

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of the handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools and materials. The Super Theatre, Skills Workshops and Grand Makes are hosted by the UK’s most renowned experts, so you can be sure you’re learning from the best in the business. It’s not only a fun day out, but you’ll also be able to take away a bundle of skills and knowledge that you can use to improve your own life and home.