Posted by Rachel Westall on 20 July 2020
When the Covid 19 pandemic hit, the show was cancelled but emergency funding from Arts Council England has enabled the not for profit organisation behind the GNCCF, to reinvent the 2020 edition of the GNCCF – and the show will go on. It will now be open to the public online from 25th-31st July.
GNCCFonline is a first for the team behind the much loved craft fair and a way of helping the 160 designer-makers originally selected to take part in, what would have been, the 13th edition of the fair.
GNCCF Director Ann-Marie Franey says: "Makers have been particularly hard hit financially by the pandemic with the closure of galleries and exhibitions and the cancellation of workshops, teaching and fairs. We wanted to do something to help them. Through GNCCFonline, not only will people be able to buy work of an exceptional standard but they will also be supporting the craft community too."
The on-line shop window will offer the chance to buy outstanding craft and design direct from 160 of the top makers in the UK, working across jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass, print and furniture making and to browse new pieces specially created for GNCCFonline.
The work for sale is the same carefully curated showcase of designer-makers the GNCCF is renowned for, with all exhibitors being selected by a panel of craft experts to give you the best of high-end and beautiful craftsmanship.
GNCCF director, Angela Mann says: "For the past 12 years, the GNCCF has provided a platform for makers to sell their work direct to an appreciative audience, looking for something more than the curated comfort of terribly nice department stores. In 2020, we are reinventing and reforming the way we work so visitors – both near and far - can still access exquisite craft all in one place, but from the comfort and safety of their homes."
All work is handmade, and no two items are quite the same. So, if you want to own something that no-one else does, scroll through the makers on the GNCCF's website, find something you love and make it yours. In addition to new pieces, makers will also be posting special offers, studio tours and demonstrations on Instagram and Facebook throughout the week.The online fair goes live from 10am Saturday 25th July and will be on all week, finishing Friday 31st July.
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is supported by the Arts Council England through Emergency Funding for Organisations.
For further information on GNCCF ONLINE, visit:- www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk // Facebook Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair // Instagram @great_northern_events // Twitter @GNCCF