A new exhibition celebrating exceptional craft is coming to London in spring 2024.
Jay Blades presents Craftworks is set to attract craft sector professionals, architects, designers, artists, brands, retailers and will be curated by television presenter and furniture restorer, the Repair Shop’s Jay Blades MBE, best known for the Repair Shop.
Set to take place during London Craft Week 2024, this three-day free to attend live event will host the very best of arts, crafts, and design from all corners of the craft sector and will celebrate niche craftsmanship that is in danger of being lost to time.
Jay said: “I’m excited to bring Craftworks to life here in London, as it will be the first of its kind. This event will not only reflect my principles of great design, education, and restoration, but most importantly will ensure the future proofing of the craft sector.”
Held in Shoreditch Town Hall, Craftworks will house four very distinct exhibition areas ensuring that the event is accessible for all crafts people. The venue is perfect for presenting the very best craftspeople and designer makers from across the UK and overseas.
Nicole Chrysostomou, event organiser, said: “The UK has long been at the forefront of exceptional craftsmanship which is why we want to create an exhibition that celebrates the very best of British craft and design. Our goal is to bring these great designers, craftsmen, architects and more under one roof in support of the sector. We look forward to welcoming craftspeople and brands from across the country.”
The event has already attracted endorsement and support from some of the country’s premier craft organisations and charities, such as QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust), an art and craft educational trust created to sustain traditional British craftmanship; Cockpit, the London centre for excellence in craft; and Heritage Crafts, the national charity for traditional heritage crafts which works in partnership with the Government.
The exhibition hopes to generate business for crafts people whose skills are little known, due to being lost to mass manufacturing; as well as revitalise and attract the next generation of crafts people to future proof some of the world’s oldest crafts practices.
Jay Blades presents Craftworks is open for exhibitor and sponsorship enquiries, for more information visit: www.craftworks.show