Acts of Making

The Acts of Making festival opened in Gateshead. There'll be lots of events happening at The Shipley Art Gallery and around Gateshead until the 21 March including a skate jam, i-Log workshops and the chance to be a part of a global archive photography project.

We would like you to be part of the festival. Show us what you've seen and share your photos and comments about the festival via #Acts of Making



Tickets are now on sale for COLLECT, which returns to the Saatchi Gallery, London from Friday 8 May - Monday 11 May 2015.

The fair is a chance to buy world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft from 35 international galleries each representing established and emerging artists.

Alongside these eminent galleries the fair will feature COLLECT Open, a space created for artists to explore new ideas, and a preview of the latest Crafts Council Touring Exhibition I AM HERE. There will also be a programme of talks from curators, gallerists and many of the exhibiting artists.

We're recruiting volunteers to work at COLLECT 2015. If you're interested in being part of the fair, apply online.

CRAFTS Magazine

Crafts magazine Issue No. 253 – out now!

Welcome spring with a splash of colour courtesy of Ptolemy Mann's weaving, read an interview with Nicholas Rena on politics and pots, Tim Parsons considers why makers and designers can't resist the challenge of the chair, and discover a series of craft/science collaborations from dissecting rooms to soft robots.

PLUS: McQueen, Fornasetti, and forensics as craft.

Buy now!

What is Luxury?

With our partnership exhibition with the V&A, What is Luxury? opening next month, read our blog which charts the progress of the exhibition and gives you a look behind the scenes.

The exhibition itself will present over 100 exceptional, crafted objects from 1670 to the present day including a couture gown by fashion designer Iris van Herpen and fine examples of haute horlogerie by British watchmaker George Daniels, alongside more unexpected projects which explore the cultural value of materials such as gold, diamonds and plastic.  

What is Luxury? is at the V&A from 25 April to 27 September 2015

Crafts Council Across the UK

It's a busy time at the Crafts Council with exhibitions and collections:

Crafts Council at Design Days Dubai

Design Days Dubai runs from 16- 20 March 2015 and for a third year the Crafts Council will be presenting work by a group of selected designers and makers at the fair.

This group of eight makers represents some of Britain's brightest talent, all using interesting materials and techniques for interior works. Work includes lighting, ceramics, metal wallpieces, marble sculptural forms, textiles, furniture and wooden vessels.

We caught up with some of the makers ahead of the fair, read our interviews here

Also of interest...

Ceramic Art London, the leading international showcase for contemporary ceramicists, is returning to the prestigious Royal College of Art for its eleventh edition between 17 - 19 April 2015.

This major event in the ceramics calendar will see 80 ceramicists from across the globe present and sell their work directly to visitors. A dynamic programme of events will run throughout the fair, including panel discussions, demonstrations, debates and film.

More info

And for the makers amongst you...

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair -  Deadline: 16 March. Little Northern Contemporary Craft Deadline: 1 April. Read more

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust commissions - .Deadline: 22 March Read more

The British Ceramics Biennial - AWARD  Deadline: 30 March 2015 Read more

Handmade in Britain -  Handmade in Chelsea Deadline: 31 March. Read more.