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The future of craft

A special event for London Craft Week 2019; Oxo Tower Wharf presents THE FUTURE OF CRAFT in collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons. The exhibition will include a curated line up of innovative and forward-thinking craft organisations, practitioners and collectives. Set against the raw, industrial surrounding of Bargehouse, visitors will discover a series of new works and installations by trail-blazing makers working in textiles, furniture, ceramics, lighting, metal and interior accessories.

The Future of Craft will feature a thought-provoking talks programme including a one-day seminar hosted by Ceramics Research Centre-UK. Group discussions and presentations will address topics such as Future Craft and Culture with speakers such as Clare Twomey, Phoebe Cummings and Tessa Peters.

Visitors will have the chance to get involved with hands-on craft workshops by Yodomo including; Make a Terrarium with London Terrariums, An Introduction to Embroidery with Embellished Talk, and Rise and Shine shoe shine with shoemakers Carreducker.

Opening hours:

11am – 7pm Thursday – Saturday

11am – 5pm Sunday

Press Release


Design-Nation will showcase new projects and products by leading makers from across their portfolio including Amy Leigh, Emma-Jane Rule, Georgia Bosson, Jacky Puzey, Jacqueline James, Julie Vernon, Lucy Elisabeth, Leszek Sikon, Linda Bloomfield, Maria Sigma, Michelle House, Raw Studio, Speckled Grey and Susannah Weiland.

Future Icons will present a mix of new and established hand-crafted projects by seventeen interior led artists across ceramics, furniture, lighting, metalwork and textiles: Barnaby Goode, Cristabel Balfour, Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Claire Coles, Jo Davies, Judy McKenzie, Kei Tominaga, Kevin Stamper, Mauro Dell’Orco, Nightshop, Pipet Design, Remy Dubibe, RHMB, Richard McVetis, Sally McGill, Vezzini & Chen and Zuzana Lalikova.

Elsewhere in the building, visitors will enjoy installations and demonstrations from craftspeople including Fung & Bedford, Helen Yardley, Margo Selby, Sarah Villeneau, Angie Parker and Anna Gravelle as well as an interactive installation of Catinca Tilea’s #1minutelamp.



Thursday 9 May

Friday 10 May

One-day seminar with Ceramics Research Centre-UK, with group discussions and presentations to address the theme of the exhibition – The Future of Craft:

Saturday 11 May 


Check back for more talks and seminars announced soon!



Thursday 9 May

  • Introduction to Book-binding with book artist Kate Rochester
  • Introduction to Embroidery with Embellished Talk

Friday 10 May

  • Tinyjohn Workshop with London Terrariums
  • An Introduction to Book-binding with book artist Kate Rochester
  • Learn to Linocut the Rude Way

Saturday 11 May

  • Make a Paper Pajaki Chandelier with Karolina Merska
  • Make a Rope Knot Necklace with Shoorah Shoorah
  • Rise & Shine Shoe Shine with Carréducker Shoe & Leather School
  • An Introduction to Book-binding with book artist Kate Rochester

Sunday 12 May

  • Spoon Carving with Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell
  • An Introduction to Book-binding with book artist Kate Rochester

For more information and to book click here.

Discover Oxo Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the riverside walkway part of London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas.

Oxo Tower Wharf is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues gallery@oxo and Bargehouse.

The Oxo Tower has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s. During its industrial heyday, it was owned by the makers of the OXO brand and has had numerous and varied uses since. By the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair and was largely derelict. In the 1990s Oxo Tower Wharf entered a new lease of life when Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) began a major refurbishment project to transform the building into an award-winning mixed-use development of co-operative homes, retail design studios, specialist shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars.


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Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank London, SE1 9PH