London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. Now there is London Craft Week. A magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made of things.

Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week

Our Vision

London Craft 2018 will take place between 9 - 13 May. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey-of-discovery. In 2017, our curated programme brought together over 230 events from all corners of the globe fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. 

From the V&A to The Shard and RADA to The House of Lords, hidden studios to Mayfair stores and bustling workshops to Michelin starred restaurants, London Craft Week is spread across the capital’s iconic buildings, influential institutions and off-the-beaten track side streets, many of which are not normally open to the public. Likewise, the programme spans a broad spectrum from unknown makers to celebrated masters, famous designers, brands and galleries. We have worked with a spectrum of emerging and established makers and artists such as Tom Raffield, Bill Amberg, Felicity Aylieff, Julian Stair and Grayson Perry who have featured alongside luxury brands including: Founding Partner Vacheron Constantin, Princess Yachts, Rolls Royce, Mulberry and Georg Jensen.

Museums and galleries including the V&A, Geffrye Museum, British Museum and Wallace Collection have hosted events as well as fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou and Hussein Chalayan.

For London Craft Week 2017, our international content included wood carvers from Japan, artisans from Korea, wood block printers from China, designer-makers from Hong Kong, ceramists from Taiwan, umbrella and cufflink makers from France, porcelain painters from Germany, glass artists from Sweden, furniture makers from Denmark and a guitar maker from Spain. Alongside makers from the UK’s regions and devolved nations including upholsters from Norfolk, knitwear from Derbyshire, steam bending from Cornwall and a special focus on Scotland’s creativity, with Scottish tailoring, weaving and woodworking demonstrations.

Our aim is to experience beautiful things not just as static objects but in the full context in which they were created, highlighting how imagination and talent combine with the very best materials and techniques.

An accessible and immersive cultural experience, you can eat, drink and view performances, meet artists, designers, makers and engineers, get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of famous brands and landmark buildings, see familiar products deconstructed, learn how things are made and even have a go yourselves. 

“London Craft Week is a response to a renaissance in the appreciation of creativity and craft; to the role of hand, head, unique skills and true talent. It is another example of what, at its best, the world’s creative capital does so well – mixing glamour with cutting edge; heritage and contemporary and the commercial with the cultural.'' Guy Salter, OBE MVO, Chairman of London Craft Week

''Whether your intention is to consume or simply converse, if you appreciate beauty and the value of craftsmanship, then London Craft Week is one of the month’s must-visit events.”  Charlotte Abrahams FT How To Spend It

“My only question is, why has nobody thought to organise a dedicated week to celebrate craft in London before? ...having proved itself world class when it comes to design, jewellery, fashion and art (which already have their own weeks) London’s inaugural Craft Week seems long overdue.’’ Henrietta Thompson, The Telegraph Luxury

London Craft Week, as a small private not-for-profit organisation, could not have done this without a great deal of help.  With Vacheron Constantin as our founding partner and our sponsors; Grosvenor London, St James's Market The GREAT Campaign and Mulberry, we have established a festival which doesn’t rely on public funds.  Indeed, the sponsors and programme partners generous support enables charities, museums, colleges and galleries, as well as independent makers, to play such a central role. In particular we would like to thank:

Celine Larose and Laura de’Castiglioni, Vacheron Constantin; Kirsten Dunne, GLA ; Michelle Emmerson, Walpole; Richard Edwards, Arts Council England; Rosy Greenlees, Crafts Council; Mark Henderson, The New Craftsmen; Patricia Lovett MBE, The Heritage Crafts Association; Vanessa Swann, Cockpit Arts; as well as Praline, design agency; and all the makers, organisations and venues involved in the week.

Thank you for expert advice from the following specialists:

Joanna Bird, Mary Butcher, Alice Cicolini, Euan Clayton, Sam Conti, Carre Ducker, Max Fraser, Joanna Hardy, Mark Hill, Mark Hogarth, Corinne Julius, Patricia Lovett, Yu Ping Luk, Freddie Matthews, Angel Monzon, Ryoko Mutasono, Sarah Myerscough, Karin Paynter, Wendy Shortis, Mario Sierra, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Robin Wood, Mark Kernick, Daniel Harris, Bill Amberg, Naked On The Piano, Henrietta Thompson

"Whether your intention is to consume or simply converse, if you appreciate beauty and the value of craftsmanship, then London Craft Week is one of the month’s must-visit events."

Charlotte Abrahams FT How To Spend It

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is London Craft Week?

London Craft Week 2016 was held across London from Mayfair to Shoreditch and from Tulse Hill to Woolwich ensuring that a wide range of museums and galleries, studios and workshop spaces, as well as shops and luxury brands were involved.

How do I book tickets to attend the events?

Half of the events are free to attend and half are open house so no need to book. Other events need pre-booking at a cost, these events have a 'BOOK TICKETS' link which takes you to our ticketing site.

Where can I pick up a copy of the programme guide?

The 2017 guide was given away for free by participating partner venues across London 6 weeks before the event. You can order an old copy via our programme page.

How can I get involved in the programme for future years?

Please contact philippa@londoncraftweek.com for more details.

Press

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Contact

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