London Craft Week 6th – 10th May 2015

6th – 10th May 2015

London Craft Week is a brand new annual event for the capital starting this Wednesday 6th May which aims to celebrate craftsmanship and the applied arts in all its many varied forms. London Craft Week will let the public see behind the scenes of the making process, giving access to hidden workshops and to the craftspeople themselves.

For London Craft Week legendary luxury goods maker
Asprey opens the workshops above its Bond Street store to the public

Whilst London Craft Week will offer chances to experience luxury crafts from big names in famous shops and galleries there will also be many opportunities to visit smaller studios and meet lesser-known and up-and-coming makers. You will be able to experience craft not just as static branded objects in posh shops but understand the context of how they were made, why they are special and there will be chances to have a go at making something yourself.

Guy Salter, Founder & Chairman of London Craft Week, says “London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. From 2015, it will have the equivalent for the craft sector: LONDON CRAFT WEEK. Featuring the artistic flair, painstaking skills and raw talent of exceptional craftsmanship and, as a result, attracting an ever-increasing quality and volume of collectors and customers.”

Highlights include:

COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
Friday – Monday 8th -11th May 2015
12pm – 6pm
Tickets £17, Concessions £12.
Book via the Crafts Council website.
at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3
Presented by the Crafts Council.
For four days, the COLLECT fair brings some of the finest collectible craft from galleries across the world to London, displaying a line-up of museum-quality work from a roster of well-established artists alongside pieces from the craft world’s next generation of talent.

The Crafted City Pavilion
7th – 10th May 2015
at Contemporary Applied Arts, Bankside SE1
The Crafted City Pavilion will offer a flexible space for audiences to meet, talk, learn about and explore craft.

Cockpit Arts Spring Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday 9th -10th May 2015
11am – 6pm
at Cockpit Arts, Northington Street, London WC1
Cockpit Arts is an award-winning social enterprise and creative-business incubator supporting 170 talented designer-makers from around the UK.

Click here for the full programme
London Craft Week will run from Wednesday 6th May to Sunday 10th May inclusive

About London Craft Week: Set up as a new independent non-profit initiative supported by founding partner Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch-makers in continuous production, and strategic partners the Mayor of London, the Crafts Council, Walpole and the Heritage Crafts Association, LONDON CRAFT WEEK will run from 6th -10th May and will continue to be an annual event showcasing exceptional and innovative British and international craftsmanship.

Come back tomorrow for my focus on MADE IN CLERKENWELL 
one of London Craft Week’s events.

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