Artfest Holmfirth 2020

Deadline: 30/04/2020  |  Published: 31/01/2020  |  Venue: Holmfirth Civic Hall  |  City: Holmfirth  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Suzanne Thompson

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Artfest Holmfirth returns to The Holmfirth Civic Hall on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of November 2020. The event will showcase the work of the very best of British arts and crafts from a hand-picked selection of makers. There will be live art demonstrations throughout the weekend plus art installations in the exhibition halls making Artfest Holmfirth a true celebration of the current arts and crafts movement.

Applications are welcome from independent makers and artists, established and new from all disciplines: ceramics, print, jewellery, glass, sculpture, textiles, painting, mixed media, photography. The emphasis for successful selection will be original and handmade work. 

Spaces are limited and consideration will be made to create an even and fair representation of each discipline. This selling exhibition will give visitors a chance to meet some of the UK's best artists and craftspeople to buy or commission original pieces of contemporary art, craft and design. Over two days in November Artfest Holmfirth will showcase the very best of British arts and crafts from a handpicked and carefully curated selection of makers.

The venue: Holmfirth Civic Hall is an impressive building constructed in 1842 lying in the heart of the beautiful Last of the Summer Wine countryside and is now in the care of the Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust. The Trusts vision is to make Holmfirth Civic Hall an inclusive, cohesive and sustainable community asset- run in the community, by the community for the community. Artfest Holmfirth will be accommodated in the two main halls, the Large Hall and the Lesser Hall.

The location: Holmfirth is a town in the heart of the beautiful Holme Valley, a small town that sits just north of the Peak District in West Yorkshire. As previously mentioned it is well known as the location for the popular BBC TV series Last of the Summer Wine with thousands of fans making the journey every year to visit such iconic sites as Sid's Cafe and Nora Batty's Steps.

Aside from the attractions for the Last of the Summer wine fans, with its breath-taking scenery across the Holme Valley, lively and varied choice or shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants Holmfirth is a popular and much loved destination in West Yorkshire with visitors to the town all year round.

It is free to apply for Artfest Holmfirth and there are two stand options available for the event as follows:

Option 1: Table/floor space only £140 for the weekend.

Includes 1 x standard trestle table (if required) plus 1 chair.

The display floor space measures approximately 2.5m x 1m with space around the sides and rear for access etc. Please note there is NO guaranteed access to electricity for this type of pitch and NO exhibition display boards are provided. If you wish to hang work you MUST provide your own free standing boards or hanging system. You will not be allowed to attach anything to the walls of the hall.

Option 2: Fully boarded exhibition space. £250 for the weekend.

Panelled areas measure 2.5m long x 1m wide creating a rectangular C shaped area with side and back boards constructed from white painted, wooden floor mounted exhibition panels 2.4m tall . Display floor space allows for access around the front and back.

Electric socket available at an additional cost of £45 each.

Display spot lights are available at an extra cost of £25 each.

The panels can be nailed and drilled directly into however, do not use the heavy opening screws for 'floating shelves' or drill holes directly through the boards, if unsure please email for further information after selection.

Standard trestle table available if required.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
We are looking for engaging and original work from independent designers and makers across all disciplines.

This year we are also looking for artists who would like to provide an art demonstration to the public. Applications for these could be from those wishing to also stand at the event or from those who do not wish to exhibit but simply wish to promote their practice to the public by providing a demonstration.

If you wish to apply to exhibit at the event and also provide an art demonstration there will be a 10% discount applied to your chosen stand option only.

We are also interested to hear from those who would like to create art installations at the event and/or provide live performances.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities but do not wish to exhibit, there will be no charge to those artists to do so. Please email info@artfestholmfirth with an outline of your proposal plus provide links to your website and/or social media sites and relevant experience.
When is the deadline?
Applications close on the 30th April 2020 and selection for the event will take place during May.
All applicants will be notified of the result of their application in early June and acceptance with full payment must be completed by the end of June to ensure your inclusion at the event.
How much does it cost?
It is free to apply for Artfest Holmfirth and there are two stand options available for the event as follows:

Option : Table/floor space only £140 for the weekend.
Includes 1 x standard trestle table (if required) plus 1 chair.
The display floor space measures approximately 2.5m x 1m with space around the sides and rear for access etc. Please note there is NO guaranteed access to electricity for this type of pitch and NO exhibition display boards are provided. If you wish to hang work you MUST provide your own free standing boards or hanging system. You will not be allowed to attach anything to the walls of the hall.

Option 2: Fully boarded exhibition space. £250 for the weekend.
Panelled areas measure 2.5m long x 1m wide creating a rectangular C shaped area with side and back boards constructed from white painted, wooden floor mounted exhibition panels 2.4m tall . Display floor space allows for access around the front and back.
Electric socket available at an additional cost of £45 each.
Display spot lights are available at an extra cost of £25 each.
The panels can be nailed and drilled directly into however, do not use the heavy opening screws for 'floating shelves' or drill holes directly through the boards, if unsure please email for further information after selection.
Standard trestle table available if required.
Are there payments to artists?
This is a selling exhibition opportunity for artists who are responsible for their own sales and payments, no commission will be taken by Artfest Holmfirth.
Is there a private view / opening?
No
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Set up:
Friday 13th November, 6pm until 10pm
Saturday 14th of November, 7.30am until 9.45am.

Opening times:
Saturday 14th of November, 10am until 5pm.
Sunday 15th of November 10am until 4pm.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will conduct a vigorous social media campaign via Instagram and Facebook using paid targeted adverts. We will also place paid advertisements within relevant local and regional media and will list the event on all available digital events listing sites. Flyers for the event will also be distributed widely in the area plus each participating artist will receive a number of the A5 flyers for distribution to their own mailing lists or to hand out whilst attending other fairs alongside digital copies of the event promotional media. The receipt and appropriate distribution of these is a condition of your application.
Banners and AA roadside signs will be put up well in advance of the event
We will also promote Artfest Holmfirth through our website www.artfestholmfirth.com
There will be an exhibitors page with links to their individual websites, images and contact details.
It is also expected that all exhibitors will participate personally in the marketing of the event and promote their attendance via their own social media platforms by creating an event page on their Facebook artists pages and by sharing all relevant posts on Instagram using the following #artfestholmfirth and #artfestholmfirth2020 as much as possible.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, artist participation is a requirement of selection, Artfest Holmfirth will require the individual artist to be present for the duration of the event.
How do you decide on proposals?
We are looking for engaging and original work from independent designers and makers across all disciplines and from both established and new emerging artists. A clearly written application and images are paramount. Selection will take place in May with input from Artfest Art ambassadors.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
All applicants will be notified of the final decision by Saturday 6th of June 2020
Full payment for stands will be due by no later than Tuesday 30th June and must be received by this date in order to confirm your acceptance.
You will be required to provide four high res JPEG format images of your work in order to populate your website page.
The event flyers will be posted to you in June/July.
It is expected that all selected artists will have their own current PLI and exhibition insurance and evidence of this will be required if selected.

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