Chihuly At Chelsea A Decade of Craftsmanship Excellence

London Craft Week is 10 years old and back with a bang. From 13th-19th May 2024, the city will be a hotbed of creativity, with makers, designers and enthusiasts from around the world.

At the centre of the LCW programme was a deep dive into the power of craft. From traditional to new, the festival celebrated the hero makers who have helped shape the industry.

Exhibitions, masterclasses, and workshops looked back at the craft legacy and moved forward to the trends and innovations shaping the next chapter of artistic expression.

The inaugural edition of Modern Masters is a free outdoor program of contemporary art curated by the cultural placemaking and public art agency New Public in partnership with London Craft Week. The first edition, Chihuly at Chelsea Barracks, works by Dale Chihuly and will be on display through November.

London Craft Week 2024: A Decade of Craftsmanship Excellence
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Craft In All Its Forms

From craft to art to design to luxury to fashion to accessories, LCW was a many-faceted exploration of creativity and innovation. Attendees could get behind the stories of some of the world’s most beautiful objects and find out what inspired them, what the materials were and how they were made.

From the intricate details of handcrafted jewellery to the bold statements of contemporary art, every experience at LCW was a journey of discovery.

The festival celebrated the incredible diversity and randomness of London as the world’s greatest creative city. By bringing together established makers and emerging talent, LCW was a global melting pot of creativity, encouraging cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

London Craft Week 2024: A Decade of Craftsmanship Excellence
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From national museums to contemporary galleries, the festival was a platform for artists and designers to show their work on the international stage and confirm London as the hub of artistic innovation.

Highlights of LCW’s 10th Anniversary

As LCW turned 10 it introduced a host of new initiatives and highlights. From Secret Ceramics to free outdoor art programmes like Modern Masters there was something for everyone to enjoy.

New for this year were the expanded International Pavilions where independent makers and artists from around the world could show their work.

London Craft Week 2024: A Decade of Craftsmanship Excellence
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LCW’s programme was a deep dive into each craft. From gallery curated exhibitions to immersive workshops and demonstrations there was something to see and do.

By taking over various galleries and museums across the city LCW gave attendees the chance to meet the master makers and get behind the scenes.

Celebrating Unsung Heroes

As part of its 10th anniversary, LCW highlighted individuals and initiatives that will shape the future of craft. From mentoring programmes led by established artists to collaborations with young talent, the festival was all about inclusivity and community.

By celebrating the unsung heroes and supporting independent makers LCW will ensure the craft legacy continues for generations to come.

In line with global sustainability initiatives, LCW shone a light on artisans and brands that were environmentally friendly. Through exhibitions and events, the festival showed the way to sustainable materials and innovative making.

From upcycling to eco-friendly innovation LCW showed how craft can be a force for good and create a more sustainable world.

Curated Programmes Across the City

LCW’s programme spanned the city from Pimlico’s design district to East London’s art scene. From independent makers to established galleries attendees could find craft everywhere.

London Craft Week 2024: A Decade of Craftsmanship Excellence
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Through workshops, talks and exhibitions LCW encouraged visitors to get under the skin of London’s cultural heritage and meet the makers behind the craft.

Conclusion

London Craft Week 2024 had been a celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, and community. As the festival marked its 10th anniversary, it reaffirmed its commitment to showcasing the best of contemporary craft while nurturing the next generation of makers.

With its diverse programme of events and initiatives, LCW invited attendees to embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration, celebrating the enduring legacy of craftsmanship in the heart of the world’s great creative capital.

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