The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) has announced it will move to a digital platform this summer, with the launch of GNCCFonline, set to take place between 25 July and 31 July 2020.
The online selling showcase will feature 160 designer-makers who had originally been selected to take part in the 13th edition of the GNCCF.
The original event was cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, but organisers say that GNCCFonline will provide an opportunity to “buy outstanding design from some of the top makers in the UK”.
The designers showcasing work will come from a range of disciplines, including jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass, print and furniture making.
Great Northern Events, the company behind GNCCF, said that emergency funding from Arts Council England has “thrown them a life line and enabled them to reinvent their award-winning fair online”.
Director Ann-Marie Franey said: “Makers have been particularly hard hit financially by the pandemic with the closure of shops and galleries and the cancellation of workshops, teaching and fairs.
“We wanted to do something to help them. Through GNCCFonline, not only will people be able to buy work of an exceptional standard but they will also be supporting the craft community too.”
Fair Director, Angela Mann said: “For the past 12 years the GNCCF has provided a platform for makers to showcase their work to an appreciative audience looking for something more than the curated comfort of terribly nice department stores.
“In 2020, we have reinvented and reframed the way we work so that ‘visitors’ can still access the same trusted high quality craft but from the comfort and safety of their homes.”