Turning Ten: London Craft Week 2024

Words by
Candice Tucker

8th May 2024

As London Craft Week approaches its 10th anniversary, London will once again become the epicentre of craftsmanship, artistry, design, luxury, and fashion. This year’s programme focuses on the evolution of craft over the last decade, paying tribute to those who have significantly contributed to the sector whilst also concentrating on the future of the industry. SPHERE selects our highlights for 2024.

One of the most significant highlights of this year's event is the launch of a charitable initiative called Secret Ceramics. Spearheaded by leading artist-makers, cultural influencers, and emerging talents, Secret Ceramics aims to support the opening of a new ceramic studio in White City, to support young people working with clay. What sets this initiative apart is its element of mystery. With over 100 single-stem vessels on display, collectors have the chance to acquire works by established artists, but contributors to the exhibition remain anonymous until after a piece is sold. Among the artists involved are Kate Malone, Hitomi Hosono, and Aneta Regel, as well as other newer talents.

Chihuly - orange and red venetian glass sculpture in a garden next to a stone house
The first edition of Modern Masters, Chihuly at Chelsea Barracks, features large-scale works by renowned American glass artist Dale Chihuly.

London Craft Week is also announcing its partnership with cultural placemaking and public art agency New Public, presenting the inaugural edition of Modern Masters. This free outdoor programme of contemporary art showcases the work of visionary artists pushing the boundaries of creativity.

Chinese Design: Colourful dangling lights with flowers which reflect on the blue ground
Chinese Design: Harmony in Diversity, an exhibition focusing on the themes of 'Harmony of Textiles' and 'Elegance of Porcelain',

Almost like a home to London’s art world, it is no surprise that Cromwell Place is hosting a series of exhibitions celebrating elite craftsmanship, luxury, and fine art. Meanwhile, the V&A South Kensington is also playing host to an expanded programme featuring artist-maker demonstrations and an international craft symposium addressing contemporary craft concerns.

Fredrik Nielsen - A clump of gold in a pink room with doodles on the walls
Fredrik Nielsen, Another Excuse exhibition at Charles Burnand Gallery

For those eager to engage with traditional techniques alongside contemporary craftsmanship, the inaugural edition of Craftworks, in partnership with Cox London, led by Jay Blades MBE, is expected to be a highlight of the week. This immersive experience at Shoreditch Town Hall is designed to inspire the next generation of makers, honouring the rich legacy of craftsmanship while embracing innovation and modernity.

Cox London - three people standing by a table with gold objects around and above them
Cox London for Craftworks

Elsewhere, the Pimlico Road Series presented by Grosvenor and The Pimlico Design District in Belgravia is displaying inspiring design and best-in-class interiors, offering visitors a glimpse into the world of artisan makers and renowned brands.

Paying homage to the master craftsmanship of fashion, accessories, watches, and fine jewellery, London Craft Week will feature a series of exclusive events highlighting the specialised skills of artisans from Mayfair's most prestigious brands. From Jaeger-LeCoultre's watchmaking  expertise to Christian Louboutin's iconic red soles, visitors can witness first-hand the meticulous craftsmanship behind these luxury goods.

Maison Michel- A persons hand threading a charm through mesh material with a needle
Craftwork at Maison Michel, luxury hats and accessories store

Looking towards the future, London Craft Week is committed to preserving and promoting endangered crafts, giving a platform to rare and specialist artisans at the forefront of contemporary practice. From Dahye Jeong's vessels woven out of horsehair to Felicity Irons' large installation at TOAST, this year's event celebrates the enduring legacy of craftsmanship while embracing the spirit of innovation and renewal.

“It seems like yesterday that The King & Queen launched the first London Craft Week in 2015. 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,” stated Guy Salter, Chairman of London Craft Week.

Find out more about London Craft Week here: londoncraftweek.com

Natural History Museum - gold and silver tins with embossed leaves
The Natural History Museum is offering tin embossing workshops focusing on the intricate beauty of botany