By Dieneke Ferguson
9-13 May 2018
London Craft Week takes people on a journey of discovery into the capital’s most creative spaces – from the smallest off-the-beaten-track atelier to the storied livery halls of ancient makers’ guilds, the shop floors of luxury retailers to the Houses of Parliament.
One of the core aims of London Craft Week is to celebrate and support Britain’s thriving community of independent makers, with more than 275 taking part this year. Of these 40 come from outside of the UK.
It aims to go beyond the making and highlight every dimension of craftmanship: material and technique, talent and imagination.
Launched in 2015 London Craft Week includes a total of 227 events, 70 exhibitions, 61 behind-the-scenes demonstrations, 41 hands-on craft workshops and a programme of talks, interviews and discussions.
Experience Kyoto: A Celebration of Japanese Creativity and Making from Kyoto
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
10-50 Willow Street
9-12 May: 11-5pm
13 May: 11-4pm
Hosted by the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, this exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty and sophistication of Kyoto. Through a display of crafted products from the region, ranging from textiles to ceramics and cuisine culture, the ‘wabi-sabi’ culture of Japan is celebrated and shared.
Kyoto was once the capital of Japan. The Imperial Palace was located in the city for over 1,200 years, and throughout this period master craftspeople gathered in Kyoto to meet the demands of Emperors. The skills, knowledge and experiences of the region were passed down over time.
SCP House of Ceramics
135 Curtain Road
9-12 May: 9.30 – 6pm
13 May: 11-5pm
London-based manufacturer SCP presents a ceramic exhibition and workshop by longtime collaborator Reiko Kaneko. Additionally, live demonstrations take place courtesy of terracotta thrower Steve Harold, who is responsible for hand-making Kaneko’s SCP Terracotta Collection.
Craft Scotland at Heal’s
196 Tottenham Court Road
9-12 May: 10-7pm
13 May: 12-6pm
Explore the work of five Scotland-based designers and makers as they take up residence at Heal’s Tottenham Court Road. Watch them demonstrate their contemporary practices in the flagship store’s window and get hands-on with one of their inspiring workshops.
an exhibition of Chinese Arts & Crafts at The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street
9 May: 2-7pm
10 May: 10-7pm
11 May: 10-3pm
AMAZING CHINA uses various exhibition spaces to explore different aspects of the daily lives of Chinese people. The exhibition aims to show how modern life is influenced by and also served by traditional craft techniques, demonstrating the artisans’ passion through each exquisite craft.
The Goldsmiths’ Company at Fortnum and Mason
9-12 May: 10- 9pm
13 May: 11.30 – 6pm
Fortnum & Mason teams up with iconic goldsmithing and silversmithing guild The Goldsmiths’ Company to curate a selection of exceptional jewellery, contemporary silver objects and accessories, for sale across three floors of their Piccadilly flagship store.
The Flipside at Selfridges
The Old Selfridges Hotel
1 Orchard Street
Wed 9, Fri 11 May: 12 – 8pm
Sat 12 May: 10-6pm
Sun 13 May: 12-6pm
The Flipside is a multisensory exhibition held by Selfridges in The Old Selfridges Hotel – a vast, one-of-a-kind location. The exhibition provides a thought-provoking journey into altered states of luxury, demonstrated by Google, Loewe, Mr Lyan, Thom Browne, Gareth Pugh, Louis Vuitton and Byredo.
Personalised Luxury at Asprey
167 New Bond Street
Demonstration: 9-11 May: 2-4pm
Visit Asprey’s flagship London store to see the brand’s in-house craftspeople demonstrate their specialist embossing and engraving techniques.
The #LibertyOpenCall 2018 Exhibition at Liberty London
W1B 5 AH
9-12 May: 10-8pm
13 May: 11.30 – 6pm
An exhibition showcasing the finalists and winners of #LibertyOpenCall 2018 – a competition to discover the best untapped interior design talent in the UK. Winning entries are available to purchase.
Ceramic, Embroidery and Lacquerware: A Trio of Korean Craft
33 Museum Street
9-12 May: 11-6pm
13 May: 12-6pm
Demonstration. £3. First come first served
Loewe Craft Prize 2018 Exhibition
The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street
9-13 May: 10 – 6pm
Featuring the nominees of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 edition, this exhibition seeks to reflect the merits of modern craftsmanship. The imagination, diversity and techniques on display attest to the crucial role artisans have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage. This exhibition will run from Friday 4 May – Sunday 17 June.
The Conran Shop presents a Unique Tekio Light Installation
55 Marylbone High Street
Santa Cole Tekio Launch Party
10 May: 18;30 – 9pm
Exhibition: 9-12 May: 10-7pm
13 May: 11:30-6pm
The Conran Shop welcomes the Global Market Exhibition to its Marylebone store: a curation of handcrafted products that showcase the finest in artisanal techniques. Undergoing an enlightening transformation by Santa & Cole, The Conran Shop is the first UK retailer to unveil the paper Tekio Light, with a display of innovative illumination.
Ceramicist Yuta Segawa will also be featured as part of the exhibition.
Colourful Minds: Illustration and Pattern for the Home at The New Craftsmen
The New Craftsmen
34 North Row
9-12 May: 11-6pm
An exhibition of new work inspired by the remarkable Peggy Angus (1904-1993), British designer, teacher and painter. Including, hand-blocked wallpapers, chosen from Peggy’s archive, and made by her family. This exclusive collection will be available to order. Alongside, will be new pieces from Aude van Ryn, Alex Sickling, Jo Waterhouse and Laura Carlin. Explore the illustrator’s imagination and how they imbue our homes with stories and joyful gestures through the objects they create.
Making It! QEST and the HCA at the Worshipful Company of Carpenters
1 Throgmorton Avenue
Exhibition & Demonstration, 9 May 11:00 — 14:30
Talk, 9 May 15:00 – 16:00
Drinks Reception, 9 May 17:00 – 19:00
Talk, booking necessary 50 places, free
Exhibition and demonstration, booking not necessary, free
Drinks reception, booking necessary via firstname.lastname@example.org, 50 places, free
Craftspeople from QEST and the Heritage Crafts Association demonstrate an array of skills, with opportunities for visitors to join in. Furniture maker and designer John Makepeace OBE also gives a talk on how he made the Master’s Chair for the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, followed by a champagne reception.
Heritage crafts skills on display from the 20 alumni and craftspeople range from woodworking to leatherwork, silversmithing to basketry, letter cutting and many more. The reception provides a further opportunity to interact with these exceptionally talented makers.
Leather – Then and Now at the Leathersellers’ Hall
The Leathersellers’ Hall
7 St Helen’s Place
Exhibition 9 & 11 May: 1—4pm
10 & 12 May: 10-2pm
Bill Amberg Studio curates an exhibition of fine leatherwork at the Leathersellers’ Hall. This exhibition pairs unique and historically important pieces from the National Leather Collection with their contemporary equivalents, reflecting on the enduring qualities and appeal of this remarkable material.
Makers’ Stories – Live by Cockpit Arts
Talk 9 May: 10:30- 1pm
Hosted by curator, Brian Kennedy and Cockpit’s Head of Business Incubation, David Crump, this in-conversation morning will shine a spotlight on the many layers of support provided to makers by Cockpit Arts, our London Creative Network Programme and its associates. It will focus how we work hand-in-hand to help makers succeed in the market place and at the same time strengthen the craft economy in the UK.
Discussing their creative journeys will be artist in wood, Eleanor Lakelin and gallerist Sarah Myerscough; ceramic artist, David Marques and writer Corinne Julius; James Ducker and Deborah Carré of shoemakers Carréducker and designer Bill Amberg; ceramicist, Leah Jensen and gallerist Natalie Melton.
Open House at Assemble’s Sugarhouse Studios
19 Collett Road
11-12 May: 10-4pm
An open-house event for Sugarhouse Studios, a creative workspace run by Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble. Explore work from a diverse range of artists, designers, fine furniture makers and more, plus clay workshops by Collective Matter and a stand for Granby Workshop.