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
ARC (Arts for Recovery in the Community), Stockport
Arts Council England - North
Jo Kay - Independent Audience Development Consultant
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
University of Bolton
Claire Norcross - Lighting Designer
Creative Lancashire
Gallery Oldham
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Lakeland Arts Trust, Cumbria
Liverpool Hope University
Manchester City Galleries
Manchester College, Jewellery & Contemporary Design Crafts
Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Manchester School of Art, MIRIAD and Marketplace Studios Stockport (Manchester Metropolitan University)
National Museums Liverpool
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Touchstones Rochdale
Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Victoria Scholes, Maker and co-ordinator of the NW Craft Network
Whitworth Art Gallery

The group is co-chaired by Donna Claypool, Programme Leader, Textile and Surface Design at The University of Bolton, and Kate Day, Director of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre

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