Great Northern Graduates – the Curator’s Cut

Make it Slow curator, Grace Whowell, has been working with the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair to select work for the Graduates section of this prestigious event.


Grace Whowell with the Great Northern Graduates at GNCCF

Grace selected fourteen of the UK’s top creative graduates to exhibit their degree show collections at the event, which took place in Manchester on 10-13 October. For many of the graduates this represented their first commercial opportunity since graduating this summer.

EJ Campbell ‘Circle, Square, Triangle Brooch’Work by Alice Clarke

The emerging designers showcased an exciting and accomplished set of work made using traditional and experimental techniques. They included work in textiles, precious metals, glass and ceramics as well as state-of-the-art materials.

Speaking about this year’s Great Northern Graduates line-up, Grace said: “It’s been a real privilege to curate this part of the show, bringing together the best new talent from this year’s degree shows and New Designers. It’s fantastic to see such a strong representation from northern universities: let’s hope that the show sees the start of many a promising career.”

Mel Kew ceramics on display at GNCCF

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair takes place in a purpose-built pavilion on in the Spinningfields district of Manchester. The three-day event presents an opportunity to buy direct from over 160 makers selected for their excellence in textiles, jewellery, ceramics, wood & furniture, lighting, metal, glass and paper.