Image courtesy of Vacheron Constantin
The second London Craft Week ran from 3- 7 May 2016 with over 130 events, with makers including Julian Stair, Jonathan Makepeace and Kate Malone, studios included Vanguard, Second Floor and Cockpit Arts as well as museums and galleries including the British Museum, V&A, Royal Academy and Serpentine with brands including CHANEL, LOEWE and Lalique. The first London Craft Week medal for creativity and craftsmanship was awarded to Alison Britton.
From 3 - 7 May 2017 the third edition will continue to showcase exceptional craftsmanship from around the world through a journey-of-discovery programme of over 200 events across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. The aim being to experience the magic of true creativity, see what real quality means, meet some of the world’s most respected makers and artists and even have a try.
An invitation-only VIP programme is run alongside the main programme with a small number of one-off and intimate experiences, including handling objects from museum collections, special access to private residences and exclusive dinners. London Craft Week is supported by founding partner Vacheron Constantin and sponsors Grosvenor Estates and Mulberry.
“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.
''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 is the result of the hard work, commitment and generosity of so many. 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:
Annabelle Campbell (makers) Henrietta Thompson (editing), Carreducker (shoes) Sebastian Cox (wood), Tomasso Corvi Mora (general) Lyn Harris (perfume), Daniel Harris (textiles), Piyush Suri (textiles), Joanna Hardy (Jewellery), Gordon Hamme (silver), Jon Lewis (glass), Patricia Lovett (calligraphy), Karin Paynter (silver), Noel Stewart (millinery), Robin Wood (wood), and Kate Malone (ceramics), Lizzie Ostrum (perfume), Joanna Bird (ceramics/glass), Adrian Sassoon (ceramics/glass)