An art installation of strips of african print cloth hanging from the rafter of the Great Barn at Gawthorpe Hall. The work is by Lubaina Himid as part of The British Textile Biennial 2021

Building a healthy craft ecology

Working together to help craft thrive in England’s North West

About us
Maker Lisa Watson showing a customer some textiles at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, maker Lisa Watson with customer

We’re a group of organisations and individuals with a passion for craft who are based in the North West of England, UK. Together, we aim to boost our strong regional identity and build a healthy craft ecology.

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A maker demonstrates part of a screen printing process
Bluecoat Display Centre, twilight workshop for arts educators (CERI, 2019)

If you’re an organisation or consultant working with craft in the North West of England, and you’d like to collaborate with us to see craft thrive in the region, please join us! You’d be very welcome

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Our priorities
A young woman stands in front of some striking textiles of her own design
Denise Gouveia, Designer and alumnus of the University of Bolton

After the turmoil of 2020, we took some time as a group to work on what our priorities should be for the next few years. We decided that there are three key things we need to focus on…

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NW Craft Network, Highlights of 2021

2021-22 was another extremely challenging year as North West organisations responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, various lockdowns and phased opening up. Many fantastic craft events took place, and provided a context a lively exchange of research, inspiration and information. Events include…. British Textile Biennial 2021 at various venues…

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Header image: Lost Threads by Lubaina Himid in the Old Barn at Gawthorpe Hall. Part of The British Textile Biennial 2021