Make! A Season of Contemporary Craft

Detail of origami lampshade by Kate Colin as part of her paper-folding workshop

Rediscover traditional crafts with a modern twist, learn a new skill and meet the makers behind some of our favourite products.

In partnership with Crafts magazine, the Barbican Shop are hosting a season of talks, installations and workshops on the theme of making and craftsmanship.

Make! is a celebration of innovation and creativity in craft. We're showcasing the creme de la creme of contemporary makers; those with a modern take on conventional crafts such as weaving, casting and bookbinding, and those redefining it entirely with groundbreaking processes and exciting new materials.

Following our Makers programme, Make! seeks to further the Barbican's support of up and coming design talent, challenge perceptions of craft and inspire you to try something new.

Tickets are now on sale here.

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Architecture Tours

Brutal or beautiful? Join us for a walking tour and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Barbican Estate


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photo of tapestry weaver christy balfour weaving in her studio

How to: weaving with Christabel Balfour

In the first of our series of 'How to' workshops focussing on traditional crafts, tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour invites us in her South London studio for a weaving demonstration.

Budding crafter?

Create your own handmade notebook and personalised rings in our members-only craft workshops, part of Make! A Season of Contemporary Craft.

About Crafts magazine

Crafts magazine is a bi-monthly magazine offering an unparalleled insight into the changing nature of contemporary craft both in the UK and abroad. Each issue contains the latest news and reviews, alongside sumptuously illustrated features and challenging essays from some of the best writers around.


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