Handmade in Britain was established over a decade ago by engineer-turned-designer Piyush Suri, advocate of everything handmade. After working for a few years in the industry, he single-handedly built his initiative to support and promote British designer-makers. Throughout its existence Handmade in Britain has provided a platform to support and promote design and craft talent through fairs, events and pop-ups.
Handmade will be showing contemporary craft at two locations this year.
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
Richmond TW9 3AB
Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 October 2018,
10am – 6pm
This is the fourth edition of Handmade at Kew, the international contemporary craft and design fair set within the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Taking centre stage in the heart of the Gardens, this four-day event sees over 150 international and UK-based contemporary artists showcasing gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture and more. With makers available throughout the event, Handmade at Kew offers the chance to unearth the stories, inspirations and processes behind the work and see their latest collections up close.
For a full exhibitor list see handmadeinbritain.co.uk/kew
There will also be an innovative programme of talks on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October in Kew Gardens’ beautiful Nash Conservatory, all free for Handmade at Kew ticket-holders to attend.
Thursday 4 October, 11am – 12pm, Nash Conservatory Investing in craft, and how it fits into your life – Panel discussion Project curators, artists and invited speakers discuss the reasons why you should invest in craft.
Thursday 4 October, 3 – 4pm, Nash Conservatory The future of craft – Generation Next – Panel discussion Industry leaders and invited speakers present an exciting new generation of designer-makers and consider what the future of craft looks like.
Friday 5 October, 11am – 12pm, Nash Conservatory Craft in conflict Craft and design in war torn countries; the traditions, influences and opportunities.
Friday 5 October, 3 – 4pm, Nash Conservatory Sustainable living and craft – Panel discussion Artists and invited speakers discuss contemporary craft in relation to sustainability.
Inside the purpose-built marquee, Handmade in Britain will also offer a live curation space throughout the event, in conjunction with talent scouts Dan Goode and Jonathan Bloore, allowing visitors the opportunity to seek expert advice on how to invest in craft in ways that will complement their existing interiors.
Handmade at Kew tickets include FREE ENTRY to the Gardens and the talks taking place on the day of your ticket. Save with advance ticket prices and book tickets online now at handmadeinbritain.co.uk/kew.
Handmade in Britain
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018
Chelsea Old Town Hall
This is the twelfth edition of Handmade in Britain – the annual contemporary craft and design fair at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. The show will take place over three days from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018. Over three days, the event will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from over 100 highly skilled, UK-based designer-makers. It’s a fabulous opportunity to shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and more from a handpicked selection of designermakers. Makers will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about their work and showcase their collections.
Full exhibitor list at handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea