Thursday 11 May at Artefact 2023

The events programme for Artefact has been curated to engage, inform and inspire. Book your seat for Conversations in Craft and enjoy in-depth interviews and panel discussions with star names in craft and design; tickets are £5 and spaces limited. Take advantage of free guided tours; meet the gallerists or explore the joy of the handmade in the showrooms. Join an exclusive Collector’s Tour for £10, followed by a glass of fizz.

11am – 11.30am


Concierge Desk, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

For many showrooms craftsmanship is at the heart of their business. Join the Design Centre’s personal shopper for a free guided tour. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how products are conceived and discover what the handmade brings to an interior scheme.

11.30am – 12.30pm


Concierge Desk, Ground Floor, Design Avenue

Join a free guided tour that 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.

12pm – 1pm


Concierge Desk, Ground Floor, Design Avenue

Join a special guided tour in the company of journalist, curator and champion of craft Corinne Julius. This is an exclusive opportunity to tap in to her enviable knowledge of makers and collecting, and enjoy a glass of fizz afterwards.

Tickets: £10. Booking essential.

1.30pm – 2.30pm



Presented by Ceramic Review

Guest speakers: Helen Ritchie, senior curator of modern and contemporary applied arts, The Fitzwilliam Museum; Juliana Cavaliero, director of Cavaliero Finn; and Ashley Thorpe, collector and author. Moderator: Tim Martin, writer and ceramicist

Porta Romana, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

As the likes of Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and living artists such as Magdalene Odundo fetch record prices at auction, Artefact joins forces with leading magazine, Ceramic Review, to investigate how ceramics are proving to be such a hit with collectors. Discover why there has been such a huge rise in interest in clay and what impact it is having on the current practices of collectors, from the perspective of a public institution, a gallery and a private collector.

Tickets: £5. Booking essential.

3pm – 3.45pm



Guest speakers: Darren Appiagyei, wood turner and founder of inthegrain; Gareth Neal, designer and maker; Grant Wilkinson & Teresa Rivera, founders of Wilkinson Rivera, Maude Willaerts, assistant curator, V&A. Moderator: Grant Gibson, host of Material Matters

Tim Page Carpets, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

How important are the forests for our future? As the climate crisis becomes ever more apparent, increasingly architects and designers are looking to work with natural, renewable materials such as wood. Join a panel of makers and designers that work with wood in different and exciting ways, as well as discover why London’s V&A is currently throwing a spotlight on the material.

Tickets: £5. Booking essential.



Concierge Desk, Ground Floor, Design Avenue

Join a free guided tour in the company of design writer Barbara Chandler who founded and curated the not-for-profit Green Grad platform to support recent design graduates blazing a trail for sustainability. Discover work by this raft of new talent, fuelling environmental action with creative ideas to heal the planet.

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