Handmade in Britain is regarded by exhibitors and visitors as one of the leading organisers of selling events in the UK Contemporary Craft calendar. With annual visitor figures exceeding 14,500, Handmade in Britain events are an essential highlight of the UK’s craft portfolio for designer-makers, collectors, industry professionals and design enthusiasts.
Handmade in Britain was established over 10 years ago by Piyush Suri, an engineer turned designer who is passionate about championing everything handmade. After working for a few years in the industry, he built an initiative to support and promote designer-makers who create their work in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For over a decade we have provided a platform of support and promotion for design and craft talent through fairs, events and pop-ups alongside workshops and business mentoring. We work hard to increase accessibility, create new market opportunities and maintain high standards in the contemporary craft sector whilst providing a comprehensive support programme for new graduates and up-coming design talent. We’re continuing to grow and expand, raising our profile within the sector and beyond.
The support and promotion of British craft and design remains central to our priorities for the future, with the aim to facilitate greater exposure and appreciation, and to provide comprehensive support to emerging design talent.
We are growing, and our aim is to maximise the potential in our reach through collaboration with other organisations and through new, innovative and accessible project which celebrate exceptional British craft and design.
Handmade in Britain is an ambitious and ever-expanding brand; we are continuously researching and developing fresh opportunities in the world of contemporary craft and design. With a passion for handmade, we seek new ways to promote the work of talented makers, designers and craftspeople and reach new audiences. Forging new collaborations with like-minded brands, partners and supporters is key to the continuing success and development of our events.
We promote quality and skill, supporting worthy and lasting practices and these values are echoed in the way we work. We work with arts organisations to raise the profile of British designers through our shows and we are increasingly conscious of the opportunities we can offer to companies interested in supporting the British design industry, and in reaching its affluent, fashionable and discerning audience.
We welcome your interest and can offer flexible, creative opportunities and fulfilling, lasting collaborations. There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved, all offering the obvious benefits of aligning your brand with handmade and sustainable design, and in being associated with innovation alongside tradition and cultural heritage.
Handmade in Britain appreciates the invaluable support of our partners, sponsors and collaborators in helping us to provide a professional platform for our exhibitors year after year.