About the Network

The North West Craft Network is a gathering of curators, galleries, museums, art and design eductors, Arts organisations, collectors and makers based in the North West of England, UK. Founded in 2012, our goal is to strengthen and promote collectable and critically engaged craft within the North West.

The network is driven by the shared vision of its members to build a strong regional identity and healthy craft ecology in the North West. The network depends upon the collective input of its members and thrives on collaborative working.

Our network consists of many different types of members from individual artists to large institutions. All those members are delivering exciting and innovative work and are leaders in the contemporary craft field.

The Network is organised by their Development Group:

NW Craft Network Development Group members
Alice Kettle Textile Artist and Professor of Textile Arts at Manchester Metroplitan University
Arts Council England - North
The Audience Agency
Barney Hare-Duke  - a Director of A Fine Line consultancy and creative practitioner
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
University of Bolton
Claire Norcross - Lighting Designer
Clare Knox-Bentham, Designer and Outreach Manager for Manchester School of Art 
Gallery Oldham
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Joseph Hartley, Designer and maker, Manchester
Lakeland Arts Trust, Cumbria
Liverpool Hope University
Manchester City Galleries
Manchester College, Design and Visual Arts department
Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
National Museums Liverpool
Rachel Elizabeth Wood - Silversmith, jeweller and designer
The Atkinson, Southport
The Craft Shop at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Touchstones Rochdale
Victoria Scholes, Maker and co-ordinator of the NW Craft Network
Whitworth Art Gallery

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Everyone who cares about contemporary craft in the North West can become a member of the Network.

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