The Contemporary Craft Fair
TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 MAY
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the world’s premier destination for design and decoration and in May 2023, during London Craft Week, it will proudly be the home of Artefact, the contemporary craft fair for the modern collector.
Now in its third year, Artefact will bring the joy of the hand-crafted and highly collectible to an international audience of designers, architects, collectors and craft-curious enthusiasts. Celebrating and championing the highest levels of creativity, it will be an opportunity to meet leading gallerists from the vibrant craft arena and view outstanding work from established and emerging makers and artists.
With interior design placing ever greater value on craft, Artefact is a must-visit for international design professionals sourcing unique objects for prestigious residential and commercial projects, as well as curators and collectors seeking highly individual pieces for museums, public institutions and private collections.
An impressive rollcall of contemporary craft and visual arts galleries includes Cavaliero Finn, Cube Gallery, Jaggedart, Katie Jones Gallery, Louisa Warfield Art, Madeinbritaly, Mixed Metals, Print Club Gallery, Studio Lux, and The New Craftsmen.
CONVERSATIONS IN CRAFT
Broadening specialist knowledge, the Conversations in Craft talks programme curated by Material Matters host Grant Gibson will offer in depth interviews and panel discussions with star names from the worlds of craft and design. Guest speakers will include superyacht designer Andrew Winch and makers such as acclaimed ceramicist Alison Britton OBE, James Shaw, Gareth Neal and Frances Priest, to name but a few. Experts will include gallerist Juliana Cavaliero, colour consultant Justine Fox and Alun Graves, the V&A’s senior curator, ceramics and glass.
Gallery tours aimed at professional audiences, collectors and all craft and design enthusiasts will give greater focus to what’s on show. Meet leading gallerists and discover the skills and materials behind the handcrafted and highly collectible objects at Artefact. Specialist sessions include the Collector’s Tour with champion of craft Corinne Julius and the Green Grads Tour with Barbara Chandler who founded and curated the not-for-profit platform. For many showrooms craftsmanship is at the heart of their business, join the Design Centre’s personal shopper to discover what the handmade brings to an interior scheme.
NEW TALENT HIGHLIGHTS
See work by six QEST scholars at Artefact. QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) is the charity that supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through scholarship and apprenticeship funding, sustaining vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts and supporting Britain’s cultural heritage.
Green Grads is a platform nurturing recent graduates of UK universities confronting the world’s most pressing eco-issues, such as sustainability, climate change, waste and pollution, new materials, biophilia, bio-diversity and much more. Ten Green Grad makers with sustainability at the heart of their practice will be exhibiting at Artefact.
10.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday late night: Open until 7.30pm
WANT TO TAKE PART?
If you would like to know more, and find out how you can show at Artefact, along with world-leading galleries such as Cavaliero Finn, Jaggedart, Katie Jones Gallery, Madeinbritaly and The New Craftsmen, please take a look at our exhibitors’ guide.