Kirkby Gallery’s biennial exhibition of contemporary craft, design and fine art returns to the gallery from 30 October – 23 December, featuring a host of artists and makers from across the region.

The Crafted exhibition will showcase metalwork, textiles, fashion, ceramics, illustration, collage, painting and book art from artists and makers including Becky Atherton, Kelly Broughton, Kate Bufton, Hollie Cooper, Julie Dodd, Harry Garner, Heston Isle Press, David Holmes, Sue McLaren, Ali

Pickard, Catherine Rogers, Julie Taylor, Kate Tidmarsh, Hilary Marteau and the North

West Book Art Group.

For 2023, the exhibition has been co-curated with Liverpool Book Art, celebrating the creative practice of book art through unique hand-made books, stories & illustrations, distinctive notebooks, prints, book sculptures, bindings, and more! Bringing this to life is a unique exhibition on the groundfloor of The Kirkby Centre, of the special collection owned by Liverpool Book Art, offering the opportunity to see how diverse this genre of art truly is. This show runs parallel to the Crafted exhibition so the visiting public can enjoy this until the 23rd December also.

Additionally, Liverpool Book Art will be hosting a series of special events and fringe exhibitions throughout the exhibition’s duration to give people an opportunity to explore the artform for themselves.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“It’s so wonderful to have Crafted back at Kirkby Gallery. It’s a wonderful showcase for the talented makers and artist we have living in Knowsley and I’m always surprised and delighted by the incredible works that make up this exhibition every other year. What a fantastic way for Kirkby Gallery to close out another great year of inspiring exhibitions.”

All of the artworks in the Crafted exhibition are for sale with a range of price points available, from smaller affordable works through to major pieces which would be sure to make a unique and thoughtful Christmas gift.

For teachers interested in bringing classes to visit the exhibition, please contact the gallery team on 0151 443 4936 or email [email protected] to discuss a booking.

Kirkby Gallery is located at the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY

The Gallery is open Mon – Fr 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) and Saturdays 10am – 1pm (last entry 12.30pm)

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