The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) is celebrating its tenth year by teaming up with OH OK Ltd to stage GNCCF LIVE. Over the weekend of 28-30 July eight designer-makers, who will be exhibiting at the GNCCF in October, will set up pop up studios in PLANT NOMA, a new workshop space on Dantzic Street in Manchester city centre.

The event offers the opportunity for visitors to come and see GNCCF exhibitors making work and take part in free workshops. The space will be open from 10am to 6pm when makers will demonstrate working on pieces for the GNCCF and will chat to visitors about their craft. Between 1pm and 3pm the makers will then host free drop-in workshops where visitors can have a go at making, using a variety of materials and techniques such as screen-printing, hand-building ceramic pieces, glass engraving, jewellery making and more.

The makers involved are, textile designer Lydia Cotterill, ceramicists Chris Turrell Watts and Victoria Dawes, glass engraver Heather Gillespie, jewellers Rosie Deegan, Jo Lavelle and Lauren Taylor; and leatherworker Catherine Edwards.

They will all be making work that they will be selling at the GNCCF which takes place from 12-15 October at Upper Campfield Market off Deansgate in Manchester, a new venue for the event’s tenth year.

Angela Mann who organises the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair with Ann-Marie Franey, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to watch some of this year’s exhibitors creating the work that will be on sale at this year’s show, as well as having a go at making something unique to take away.”

Alison Power, events and stakeholder manager at Noma, said: “We’re really pleased GNCCF Live is coming to Plant Noma, allowing designer makers to practice their crafts in a new space and connect directly with the public. The combination of workshops and live making are sure to open numerous conversations which we’re hoping will contribute to Plant, Noma and the wider city of Manchester in future.”

Plant Noma is a public design studio at the heart of the NOMA neighbourhood, created to give the community an opportunity to make Manchester an even better place to be. Using wood, clay and cloth, the space actively encourages people to try their hand at new skills and suggest new projects for the team to develop through workshops.

The event is suitable for visitors of all ages. Families are welcome but children will need to be supervised by parent/carer.

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