Last Updated on April 28, 2024

London Craft Week (LCW) returns for its 10th-anniversary edition with a dynamic program of events  taking place across the capital from 13–19 May 2024. Bringing together the work of established and emerging artists, makers and designers, the festival showcases the best of craftsmanship from around  the world. 

Celebrating this important milestone, LCW’s curated program reflects on the evolution of the craft sector over the past decade. It pays tribute to the hero makers who played a crucial role in the sector’s transformation, contributing to the interest in high-quality, one-of-a-kind products, while anticipating the trends and developments that will define the next decade of craftsmanship.  

Spanning craft, art, design, luxury, fashion and accessories, LCW delves into the narratives behind the  world’s most exquisite objects, exploring inspirations, materials and processes, through original exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations. Unsung hero makers, artists and brands are celebrated alongside famous artists and designers, national  museums and contemporary galleries, embracing the sheer reach, diversity and serendipity that  London offers as the world’s great creative capital.

“It seems like yesterday that The King and Queen launched the first London Craft Week in 2015,” Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week, said. “Now, in our tenth year, we host over 225,000 visitors,  520 events and 700 artists and makers. Our aims remain the same: to bring alive exceptional craftsmanship from across the UK and around the world by tapping into the energy, diversity and serendipity of our city. In a small way, I hope we have in turn contributed to London’s cultural credentials and reinforced the importance of making.”

Highlights and new additions for LCW’s 10th anniversary:  

● A significant charitable initiative, Secret Ceramics, featuring more than 100 single-stem  vessels created by leading artist-makers, celebrities, influencers and graduate talents, to  support the opening of a new ceramic studio in White City, enabling young people to experience  the power of working with clay. 

● The inaugural edition of Modern Masters, a free outdoor program of contemporary art curated by the cultural placemaking and public art agency New Public in partnership with LCW.  The first edition, Chihuly at Chelsea Barracks, displays works by renowned American glass artist Dale Chihuly. 

● A destination for métiers d’art at the international arts hub Cromwell Place, with a program celebrating elite craftsmanship, luxury and fine art. 

● An expanded programme of International Pavilions, sharing global perspectives and  spotlighting exceptional artist-makers from around the world. This year LCW will have six International Pavilions including China, South Korea, Malaysia and Austria. 

● An expanded program at the V&A South Kensington with artist-maker demonstrations  activating six separate galleries and an international craft symposium addressing contemporary  craft concerns. 

● A series of exhibitions by leading craft galleries in unique locations, including an exhibition curated by Joanna Bird at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery with new work inspired by Sir John  Soane. 

● At Selfridges, LCW will present a curated edit for RESELFRIDGES, highlighting the makers  and innovators using creativity and craftsmanship to give new life to unwanted items and waste  materials – keeping products in circulation for longer. 

● The Mills Fabrica returns as LCW’s Innovation Partner, presenting their Planet-Saving  Innovations exhibition and interactive experiences, inviting a range of innovators and brands  including Unspun, Colorifix, The Woolmark Company and Natural Fibre Welding x Purified to  showcase their work across six key themes: climate change, water, land use, chemicals, waste  and microplastics. 

Create Lates at the Science Museum will explore how arts and craftsmanship inspire science  and tech, and cutting-edge research is used by artists and craftspeople. 

● The inaugural edition of Craftworks by Jay Blades MBE at Shoreditch Town Hall will honor traditional techniques alongside contemporary craftsmanship to engage the next generation of  makers. 

● Complementing the National Portrait Gallery’s latest exhibition The Time is Always Now:  Artists Reframe the Black Figure, the Gallery’s shop will host new work that reflects a diverse  maker community and drop-in ‘Meet the Maker’ sessions.  

● Championing the legendary forgotten makers of vintage furniture and lighting and celebrating  the skill of contemporary makers, Merchant & Found will launch a 6,000-square-foot Vintage  Supermarket at the Vinyl Factory in the heart of Soho. 

● Inspiring design and best-in-class interiors can be found as part of the Pimlico Road Series presented by Grosvenor and The Pimlico Design District in Belgravia.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

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