London Craft Week 2022: The Future of Craft returns to Bargehouse

An image of the work on display at the Future of Craft in Bargehouse.

The Future of Craft returns to Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf for London Craft Week 2022

After a long break following the COVID-19 pandemic, The Future of Craft exhibition will finally return to Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf, following its successful launch in 2019. The exhibition is taking place as part of this year’s London Craft Week (9-15 May).

Running from 12-15 May in our raw, atmospheric Bargehouse gallery, this event will provide a vibrant and creative hub for visitors who are eager to experience and explore modern approaches to craft. Curated by Oxo Tower Wharf, and in collaboration with Design-Nation and Future Icons, The Future of Craft will showcase innovative, dynamic and forward-looking craft collectives, practitioners and organisations.

There will be many opportunities to come and meet the designer-makers, buy some of their bespoke pieces and visit workshops, free talks and exhibitions.

Across four floors of the visually appealing, raw and industrial Bargehouse, visitors to The Future of Craft will discover new projects, installations and collaborations from over 40 pioneering makers. These makers work in a range of craft disciplines that will be on display during the exhibition. These disciplines include ceramics, furniture, interior accessories, lighting, metalwork, textiles and more.

An image of the bespoke pieces created for The Future of Craft.

Alongside our 4-day programme of free talks and maker demonstrations, our visitors will also be treated to a panel discussion with podcaster Grant Gibson of Material Matters. In addition, there will also be large-scale marbling demonstrations from Nat Maks.

Other special features of The Future of Craft this year include Fung+Bedford, who will transform Bargehouse with their origami-inspired large scale paper installations ‘Gathering’ and ‘18’. Cockpit Collective will present ‘Textile + Surface’, an artist-led showcase of craftspeople working within textile and surface design. The Royal College of Art Chinese Students and Scholars Association will showcase ‘Absent Traces’, a collective of student and graduate work.

The Future of Craft is a must-see event during London Craft Week 2022 at Oxo Tower Wharf, along with many other exciting events going on at Oxo. These include ‘Colour Theatre: Taiwan Fibre Craft’ at gallery@oxo, ‘Repair and Heal’ at Wagumi, ‘Adorn me beautiful’ by Catherine Marche and ‘A voyage into our jewellery designers’ mind’ by JeDeCo.

The Future of Craft will provide an insightful, interactive and intelligent exhibit, fostering learning and encouraging debate around the many approaches to craft and its future potential.


Visit our page here to book your tickets for our free talks and find out more about our maker demonstrations – you won’t want to miss out!