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Arts and crafts in Greater Manchester

(including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) is in the North West of England. It has a population of around 2,680,000 and covers approximately 12,700 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire

County flag of Greater ManchesterTwo thousand years ago the area in which Manchester is located was within the territory of a Celtic tribe called the Brigantes. During the Roman period a fort called Mamucium or Mancunium was built, from which the city gets its name and today the forts remains are a scheduled monument. Previously part of Lancashire, Manchester grew as a major textile producer and during the Industrial revolution became the first industrialised city in the world, with for example the first railway station, and attracted workers from across Britain and Ireland who made the city their home. During the late twentieth century Manchester went though a period of industrial decline and many of the old factories, warehouses, as well as 1960s buildings have been replaced by office and living spaces and a modern tram network. Today Manchester is considered by many to be, after London, the second city of England and is famous for its contemporary culture in music and fashion, architecture, sporting success, universities and leading role in science and engineering. Performing arts venues in Greater Manchester include the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, the Plaza in Stockport, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, the Manchester Opera House and the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

Among the famous people from Manchester is the artist L.S. Lowry (November 1st 1887 February 23rd 1976), who drew and painted pictures of the local industrial landscape and its inhabitants, the so called matchstick men. A collection of his work can be seen in The Lowry, which houses a gallery and theatres in a complex in the Salford Quays, previously the site of the cities docks. The Manchester Art Gallery has displays of silver, glass, furniture, and paintings by artists from many parts of Britain and the continent. Visitors can see works by British artists including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, L S Lowry, Wynford Dewhurst and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as well as French impressionists such as Pierre Valette, who painted local scenes and taught artists such as Lowry, influencing their work. Other attractions in Greater Manchester include Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Staircase House in Stockport, Manchester Museum, Ordsall Hall in Salford, Manchester Cathedral and Bramall Hall in Stockport.

Hildisvini

Hildisvini

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Holly Elizabeth has a fascinating insight into realms beyond our own and takes inspiration ...

Ethereal Crystals By Ellie

Ethereal Crystals By Ellie

Denton, Greater Manchester

My names Eleanor, I live in Manchester, United Kingdom. Even from a small child I was ...

The flower gallery

The flower gallery

Oldham, Greater Manchester

We design handmade craft artificial flowers arranging from hat boxes, too flower shoes, ...

Jennifer Mellish

Jennifer Mellish

Eccles, Greater Manchester

I sell original work and create commissions of fine art and illustration. I specialise ...

PuddingBean Handmade Items

PuddingBean Handmade Items

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Hair and Home Accessories. I make a range of handmade items including hair accessories ...

Herbert and Dottie

Herbert and Dottie

Bury, Greater Manchester

We are Herbert and Dottie, a small business from Bury, Greater Manchester. We make personalised ...

Lagan Makin ART

Lagan Makin ART

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Im a 30 year old female self taught artist. I have been selling my work for just over ...

Christine Batty

Christine Batty

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Design and make various bags using recycled fabrics including jeans. Tote bags, small ...

Marsham Melts

Marsham Melts

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Marsham Melts is a Family run Business, based in Manchester. Our aim is to provide organic ...

Dollypegpug Crafts

Dollypegpug Crafts

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Inspired by my late pug Dolly I make handmade and bespoke bags and purses using vinyl ...

Bee Happy UK

Bee Happy UK

Oldham, Greater Manchester

I produce luxury hand poured, small batch, vegan and cruelty free soy wax candles and ...

Hannah Nissen Art

Hannah Nissen Art

Salford, Greater Manchester

I have a B.A in photography and am an Associate of the Royal photographic society. I ...

Woodworking by A

Woodworking by A

Worsley, Greater Manchester

I have turned my passion for wood turning into a new venture at craft shows, hopefully ...

Lottie and Grey

Lottie and Grey

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Lottie and Grey create Sterling silver, rose gold and Swarovski Crystal jewellery. ...

Ruco Marka crafts

Ruco Marka crafts

Salford, Greater Manchester

shirts pants cotton t-shirts bands jackets gloves wool caps necklaces bracelets earrings ...

Trinket Shack

Trinket Shack

Oldham, Greater Manchester

Trinket Shack was recently set up to transform a hobby into a business. Still in its ...

Brelfan Books

Brelfan Books

Wigan, Greater Manchester

I am a bookbinder specialising in the creation of new journals, notebooks and albums. ...

TheodoreRose Clothing

TheodoreRose Clothing

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Inspired by my own children and their love of clothing individual to them, I create limited, ...

Coastal Sea Jewels

Coastal Sea Jewels

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Beautiful handcrafted sea glass jewellery sourced direct from the uk coastline. Hello ...

The artful Crafter GB

The artful Crafter GB

Wigan, Greater Manchester

I work with a variety of mediums and applications which are shown in beautiful uniqueness ...

Andy Lees Ceramics

Andy Lees Ceramics

Bolton, Greater Manchester

As well as Throwing a range of pottery and also handbuilt ceramic items I also provide ...

Keepsake Alley

Keepsake Alley

Wigan, Greater Manchester

We are a mother and daughter team who make handmade and bespoke personalised quality ...

Mini Muse

Mini Muse

Bolton, Greater Manchester

We are Mini Muse, your ultimate destination for Custom or personalised and meaningful ...

Jodies Personalised Gifts

Jodies Personalised Gifts

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Pre-made and bespoke gifts, clothing and home accessories. Pre-made and personalised ...

Amore Home Fragrance

Amore Home Fragrance

Worsley, Greater Manchester

Handmade wax melts, carpet fresheners and other home fragrance items.

Raid Knits

Raid Knits

Bolton, Greater Manchester

I first learnt to knit when I was around 6 years old and have been quite literally hooked ...

CeeCee Ceramics

CeeCee Ceramics

Oldham, Greater Manchester

I have been creating ceramics for quite a while now. I enjoy building by hand (no wheel!) ...

Wooderful gifts

Wooderful gifts

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Handmade soy candles and soaps Vegan friendly Recycled glass and pottery candle containers ...

Handmade Cards 4u

Handmade Cards 4u

Manchester, Greater Manchester

I produce handmade greeting cards of all sizes and shapes to cover all occasions and ...

style ME home

style ME home

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Personalised, made to order gifts. Range of family, seasonal and pet gifts. Custom vinyl ...

Affordable Wellness

Affordable Wellness

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Selling over 200 fragrances that are perfect for gifts and Xmas presents. Some of the ...

Ninepops

Ninepops

Horwich, Greater Manchester

We are a mother and daughter team with a passion for making bespoke handmade gifts. We ...

Reiki and Relax

Exhibitor

Bolton, Greater Manchester

I am a Reiki and crystal holistic healer based in Bolton. I create room sprays and reed ...

Kitten kake

Exhibitor

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Andi is a fully qualified and experienced patisserie chef. He creates beautiful, delicious ...

GLASSY GARDEN

Exhibitor

Horwich, Greater Manchester

We are a family run business with over 30 years experience in the floristry and botanical ...

Lisasdotty designs

Exhibitor

Denton, Greater Manchester

My hand painted art using water colour and mixed media adds depth and interest.. I then ...


Laurence Stephen Lowry

(Born 1887 in Stretford in Greater Manchester), Painting

Laurence Stephen Lowry usually called L.S. Lowry, British artist, is known for his 'matchstick' paintings of urban landscapes and industrial scenes in his native Lancashire.

David Horatio Winder

(Born 1855 in Bolton in Greater Manchester), Painting

David Horatio Winder, British artist, was known for his landscapes of Britain.

Thomas Earnshaw

(Born 1749 in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester), Clockmaking

An eminent watchmaker. Who was one of the pioneers of the chronometer, improving on the earlier work of John Harrison.