You might have noticed a new place open on the old Den site but Friday 4th December will mark the official opening of S.W.A.G, a brand new pop-up store situated in the heart the Northern Quarter.
Open 6 days a week, 11am – 6pm, S.W.A.G, which stands for Shop, Workshop, Art Gallery, is a joint-venture project initiated by jewellery designer Julia Roy-Williams and illustrator Tasha Whittle, who wanted to add independent retail within what is almost certainly the city’s original arts and culture district.
Together they have hand-sourced a strong team of 13 core members, from across the North West, showcasing a carefully curated collection of contemporary crafts including print, ceramics, lighting, textiles, jewellery design and mixed-media art to name but a few. The core members are Wonderhaus, Maximal Art Jewellery / The Colouring Box, Artist & Illustrator / Ciara X Clark, Set Design, Art Director and Jeweller / Object Style, Scandinavian Homewares and Jewellery / de Lacy Online, Leather Bags and Accessories / Best Joined Up, Street Art Illustration / Steve Marland, Documentary Photography / Moderate Realism, Screen Printing World T-shirts, Art and Print / Sausage Dog, Handmade toys / Fraser Chapman, Fine art / Joel Rock, Furniture Design / Lisa Stannard, Print design, Fashion design, Illustration / Kahedra, Origami Lighting. They are joined by Elle Brotherhood, Photography / Aliyah Hussain, Artist / Michael Holland, Visual artist / Three Bee Scoop, Bee produced products / Covet Interiors, Textiles, Candles and Clothing.
Occupying a prime location in a disused building on Oldham Street, the self-funded retail space has been entirely transformed utilising the skilled hands of the local makers, designers and artists involved.
“Sometimes the nature of handmade design is more difficult to appreciate when it is not placed in the right context. Hopefully, with our unique set-up and ability to represent so many different craft forms, visitors will enjoy discovering something new and they will favour buying from independents this Christmas.” ~ Julia Roy-Williams of Wonderhaus Jewellery, co-founder of S.W.A.G
To celebrate the official opening, S.W.A.G will be hosting a special launch event for late night shopping sponsored by Blackjack Brewery on Friday 4th December from 4pm – 8pm and will also be running a series of complimentary workshops in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on 5th December.