From 3 - 7 May 2017, the third edition of London Craft Week takes up residence in the capital. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey-of-discovery. Our curated programme brings 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. Emerging and established makers and artists such as Tom Raffield, Bill Amberg, Felicity Aylieff, Julian Stair and Grayson Perry feature alongside luxury brands including: Founding Partner Vacheron Constantin, Princess Yachts, Rolls Royce, Mulberry and Georg Jensen.
Museums and galleries include the V&A, Geffrye Museum, British Museum and Wallace Collection and fashion designers include Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou and Hussein Chalayan. International content includes 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. Makers from the UK’s regions and devolved nations include upholsters from Norfolk, knitwear from Derbyshire and steam bending from Cornwall. We also have a special focus on Scotland’s creativity, with Scottish tailoring, weaving and woodworking demonstrations throughout the week.
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. The making behind famous shows and buildings are brought to life through a wide supporting cast including Doctor Who, King Arthur, Camron Mackintosh’s Half a Sixpence and RADA.
“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, it has 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