Artefact 2022

Now in its second edition, Artefact shines a light on artisanal excellence. On show will be an array of astonishing work, including museum-quality pieces from around the globe. Attracting top designers, architects, collectors and enthusiasts, experience the joy that handmade objects can bring.

Artefact will be staged in the magnificent Design Avenue. Take a voyage of discovery and gain a greater understanding of how one-of-a-kind designs are conceived and made, as well as acquire unique work to cherish for years to come. Meet leading gallerists from the vibrant craft scene and view authentic work up close from established and emerging makers and artists. 

With interior design placing greater value on craft, Artefact will be an opportunity to discover, learn and connect with remarkable design talent at the world’s premier design destination.

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With interior design placing greater value on craft, Artefact will be an opportunity to discover, learn and connect with remarkable design talent at the world’s premier design destination.  

Opening times: 10am – 5.30pm

Entry is free

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES

An impressive rollcall of contemporary craft and visual arts galleries includes155A Gallery, 50 Golborne Gallery, Cavaliero Finn, Jaggedart, Jan Hendzel Studio, Katie Jones Gallery, Lloyd Choi Gallery, Madeinbritaly, Mixed Metals, Objekti, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Seeds, Ting Ying Gallery, Ting-Ying Gallery Presenting Vezzini & Chen and Vessel Gallery. The imagination, diversity and techniques on display will attest to the relevance of collectible craft today, with artisans engaging in different media from paper and porcelain, to stalwart craft disciplines such as metalwork, glass, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and upcycled materials.

THE PROGRAMME

Throughout the week, a curated programme will bring contemporary craft to life. Don’t miss maker trails and gallery tours, Access All Areas sessions and artisan demonstrations.

CONVERSATIONS IN CRAFT

Broadening specialist knowledge, the Conversations in Craft programme will offer insider insights from the craft industry’s leading lights. Chaired by writer and Material Matters podcaster Grant Gibson, it will delve deeper into the world of contemporary craft. 

There are some extraordinary makers on board including Barnaby Barford, Julian Stair and Ptolemy Mann; furniture makers Benchmark’s Sean Sutcliffe and Chris Eckersley, glassmakers Jahday Ford, Louis Thompson, Lena Bergstrom and Lulu Harrison; embroiderer Richard McVetis, textile artists Alice Kettle and Celia Pym, and knitter Freddie Robbins. Experts include gallerist Juliana Cavaliero, Jane Marriott of Harewood House, QEST’s Deborah Pocock, Mary Lewis of Heritage Crafts Association and interior designer Jo Le Gleud.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

MEET THE MAKERS

There are daily demonstrations by makers from QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust). The charity supports the training and education of talented craftspeople.  Transforming an idea into reality takes skill and vision; from revitalising heritage techniques and cutting-edge innovation to unlocking the potential of materials and artisan processes, so this is your chance to see these talented artisans in action.

artisan trail

For many showrooms at the Design Centre craftsmanship is at the heart of their business. Throughout Artefact, there will be behind-the-scenes guided tours to discover how their products are conceived and made.

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