Manchester Craft and Design Centre celebrates 30th anniversary

The Manchester Craft and Design Centre reaches its 30th anniversary this year and is marking this milestone by holding a charity auction on Thursday 8 November. The proceeds will support the development of a new Welcome area at the centre and also help fund local charity Forever Manchester.

The auction will take place at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Thursday 8 November between 6-8pm and will be hosted by guest auctioneer, artist and collector Michael Trainor. Free tickets are now available via Eventbrite. In advance of the auction there is also the chance to bid online to own handmade, one-off art works. Auction reserve prices start at just £15 and bidding takes place here until 10pm on Wednesday 7 November.

Collectors will be able to bid on one-off items including crafted silver rings, intricately cut paper pictures and porcelain sculptures. The items have been especially created by ceramicist Carys Davies and the centre’s resident makers and all are currently on display as part of the Crafting History exhibition. Pieces in the sale include a stunning piece called Memory Box by jeweller Jo Lavelle, a fish themed earthenware and luster pot by Lee Page Hanson, and a space invader Patchwork Pillow by Andrea Lord of &Made.

The centre began its celebrations in April with Collecting History, a project drawing on the stories of people who have been a part of the life of the organisation since it began. Current exhibition, Crafting History (which runs until 10 November) showcases some of the works created by artists in response to these ‘uncovered’ memories and there is more information available on this blog from artist Lucy Harvey.

Kate Day, Director of Manchester Craft and Design Centre said, “We are incredibly excited about the auction and there are some stunning pieces which make up the lots. It’s a great chance to own something special and hand crafted. Whether you are bidding online or on the night there really is something to suit everyone.”

Jane Beardsworth, Regional Director, Arts Council England said “The Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a central hub in the region for artists and visitors and I am delighted to congratulate them on their 30th anniversary. Our funding has helped the development of its online services leading to the growth of a digital community and enabling the centre to widen its reach to practitioners, further develop its audience and explore partnership opportunities, such as that with Craft Scotland. All of this work helps to achieve the Arts Council’s aim to promote the achievements of artists and connect with audiences via digital technology.”

The exhibition that will follow Crafting History from 24 November is FourFront which will showcase contemporary Scottish craft practice in a partnership exhibition with Craft Scotland. Running until March 2013, it will feature work from metalworker Kirsty Eaglesfield, glassmaker Rachel Elliott and textile and paper artists Eliza Kesuma and Mhari McMullan.

The Manchester Craft & Design Centre was established by Manchester City Council in 1982 and currently houses 19 studios and 30 creative businesses. It is one of the Arts Council’s national portfolio organisations and more information can be found on their website.


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