About us

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Who we are

We are a gathering of curators, galleries, museums, art and design educators, arts organisations and sector consultants based in the North West of England, UK. We all work with craft in some way – for some of us it’s our total passion, and for others it’s part of a rich mix of cultural offerings. Founded in 2012, our goal is to work together 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

A full list of our current members can be found here

What We Do

  • Agree priorities that respond to current needs and issues to do with craft, that will guide our organisations, conversations and collaborations. Check out our current priorities here
  • We spark conversations, collaborations, working groups and projects of all sizes from the simple to the complex
  • As individuals and organisations, act as advocates and ambassadors for the network and for craft in the region and nationally
  • Meet twice a year to exchange information and best practice
  • We regularly share information, invitations, resources and ideas through digital and comms channels
  • We aim to promote each other and the craft related things we do

How we’re funded

We are funded through Arts Council England as part of Manchester Craft and Design Centre’s work as one of the Arts Council’s national portfolio organisations. Our funding allows us to pay a part time coordinator to arrange meetings and facilitate connections and conversations.

Supported using funding by Arts Council England