Insiders Guide to London Craft Week – 22 April

Insiders Guide to London Craft Week - 22 April

Hole & Corner Presents Marvellous Mechanica

Creating a mechanised maker space worthy of Heath Robinson, drop in to watch, talk and help artists Martin Smith, Nik Ramage and Jim Bond – alongside a group of emerging makers from Art, Design and Architecture with Plymouth University – to build a site-specific kinetic installation. Also on display will be some of the best examples of automata and mechanised works from the brilliant Cabaret Mechanical Theatre collection.

Hole & Corner Presents Piano Craft

This two-day event in celebration of the piano will feature renowned piano-makers Steinway & Sons, pioneering music researchers from Plymouth University. Piano Craft will reveal the extraordinary craftsmanship, virtuoso skill and imagination it takes to build, prepare for performance, play and explore one of the most iconic instruments in the world.

Three Galleries

Chain at Gallery SO

A series of interlinking loops joined together, the chain belies the simplicity of its construction. This group exhibition of gallery and invited international artists looks into narratives surrounding the chain, its symbolism and construction.

Vessel Gallery Odd Matter

Vessel Gallery presents, in partnership with Oxo Tower Wharf, a solo exhibition of new work by studio Odd Matter, a design studio driven by material exploration and concept.

Collective Genius – Masterpieces form the Devereux & Huskie Glassworks

Angel Monzon, Director, Vessel Gallery, will be talking to James Devereux and Katie Huskie about Collective Genius – Masterpieces from the Devereux & Huskie Glassworks, an exhibition of 15 of the most talented and senior glass figures, all of whom have previously worked at James and Katie’s Bath based studios, and have never been brought together before.

Three of our Strategic Partners

Crafted at Fortnum & Masons, Walpole

Curated by Peter Ting, makers from the 2016 Walpole Crafted mentoring programme including Silvia Weidenbach, Insley & Nash, Alexandra Llewellyn Designs, Eleanor Lakelin, Theresa Nguyen, Struthers London and Mark Tallowin will showcase their making process alongside a display of limited edition pieces, available to buy.

Craft Across Continents, the Heritage Crafts Association

The Heritage Crafts Association’s conference celebrates outstanding craftsmanship in other countries as well as recognising heritage crafts and excellence in the UK, offering an opportunity to find out more about traditional skills. Speakers include Ritu Sethi from India, Eivind Falk from Norway and Britain’s Kate Malone amongst others.

Reel to Reel, the Crafts Council

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival will take place on the 4 and 5 May at Picturehouse Central – each evening showing a different programme of films. – See more at:

Sponsor events

Una Burke

Award-winning leather artisan Úna Burke, known for her designs for The Hunger Games franchise, discusses her with Lexus. Also on show is a dress created by Úna Burke using the leather from a Lexus CT interior.

As Part of the Grosvenor Series:


To celebrate 30 years of traditional and innovative craftsmanship LINLEY presents a new piece of art furniture inspired by the magic of Islamic geometry, a new exhibition of Michael Eden’s 3D sculptures and David Degreef – Mounier at work in the LINLEY flagship showroom.


Howe reveals the making of one of the company’s signature pieces, the Salon Chair, explaining its history and giving an exclusive preview into the craftsmanship behind the frame, upholstery, details and finishing.

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