London Craft Week 2023: What is happening and when in the capital

London Craft Week is heading to the city this May. (Dan Weill Photography/London Craft Week)
London Craft Week is heading to the city this May. (Dan Weill Photography/London Craft Week)

Craft Week is coming to London next week with workshops, tours, and exhibitions set to take place across the city.

From May 8 until May 14, makers, designers and galleries from around the world will head to the capital.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate artists from a range of disciplines and to even try some new crafts yourself.

With a jam-packed schedule of events taking place all week, find out below what to expect and how you can get involved.

What happens during London Craft Week?

During Craft Week, makers from all over the world will come to London for a week of workshops, tours, and art fairs.

Artists and makers who work with a range of disciplines, such as textiles, ceramics, sculpture, and even 3D printing will be in attendance.

Events will take place all over London, from Soho to South Kensington, Hammersmith to Hackney.

What to do during Craft Week 2023

There’s so much to do during craft week, from workshops and talks, to open houses and performances.

Exhibitions include Vivienne Westwood Corsets: 1987 to Present Day and Meisterstrasse In Residence: Rethinking the Vienna World Exhibition in 1873.

Workshops include hand-stitching a lucky pouch, inspired by an ancient Korean tradition, and creating a keychain out of eggshell ceramic.

There are also guided tours, including one at the Art Makers’ Guild and another at the Kaymet factory.

Tickets can be purchased on the London Craft Week website.

Other art events in London this spring

There are several free exhibitions in London this spring.

Tate Britain is hosting Art Now, which highlights rising stars in the art scene, while Whitechapel Gallery is hosting an exhibition called Action, Gesture, Performance: Feminism, the Body and Abstraction.

The National Gallery has The Ugly Duchess on display as part of an exhibition looking at beauty and satire during the Renaissance, and the William Morris Gallery has an exhibition on designer Ashish Gupta.