Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and GNCCFonline

Deadline: 28/02/2021  |  Published: 25/01/2021  |  Venue: Victoria Baths, Manchester  |  City: Manchester  |  Region: Greater Manchester  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  ANN-MARIE FRANEY

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Call for Applications : GNCCFonline Summer Edition : 17-18 July 2021 & Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair : 8-10 October 2021, Manchester.

Great Northern Events, a not for profit organisation, organises the award-winning portfolio of Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs (GNCCF) and the online version, GNCCFonline.

Exhibitors for our prestigious shows are selected for their excellence by a panel of craft experts.  Now in our 14th year, our fairs are nationally renowned and are the place to buy and commission exceptional handmade work direct from professional designer-makers in the North of England.

Building on the success of our online fairs in 2020, this year will see a summer edition of GNCCFonline from 17 -18 July and the much-welcome return of our flagship show GNCCF Manchester from 8-10 October, in its new home of Victoria Baths, one of the city's favourite heritage attractions and cultural venues.

Applications are now invited for one or both events from established, new and recent graduate designers-makers and artists working in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, wood, interior textiles, fashion design & accessories, mixed media, basket-making, product design, furniture, print-making and more.

We are also looking for established makers who are experimenting with new techniques/materials towards a new body of work, to apply for the 'Discuss' showcase at GNCCF Manchester. 'Discuss' is an opportunity for makers to engage the GNCCF audience in their new work in progress, to educate them about the process of their craft practice and get feedback.  It may suit those makers who are current recipients of the Arts Council’s DYCP grant.

Successful applicants will benefit from extensive marketing and promotion and a range of affordable stand packages, including subsidised stands for new and emerging makers.  In the event the live event cannot go ahead due to Covid-19  restrictions, full refunds will be given.

"Great exposure in the North. The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is on a par with the London shows and one of my favourite shows on the craft circuit."

To apply

Please complete the form and attach images.

Your images must be 1000 x 1000px and in a square format, and at least 1MB AND NO BIGGER THAN 3MB. We use your images for press. Please do NOT send smaller images. MOST IMPORTANTLY -  you MUST label each image on your upload with your name followed by a sequential number e.g. YOURNAMEIM1.JPEG (You will need to save the image as this before uploading it).  DO NOT SEND US PDF or TIF formats.

The application fee for GNCCFonline Summer Edition is £5 and the application fee for Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is £15. 

See FAQs for stall costs and further details.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
For all our fairs, we welcome applications from diverse and talented makers from the UK and abroad, whatever their background or professional qualifications. We encourage applications from those groups which are currently under-represented in the craft sector, particularly people who identify as BAME or disabled.

Recent graduates (including the class of 2021), new makers in business less than 3 years and established makers are encouraged to apply. We have subsidised stands for new and emerging makers and graduates.
When is the deadline?
Applications open February 1st and close midnight February 28th 2021. If you miss the deadline please contact the organiser about a late submission.
How much does it cost?
GNCCFonline Summer Edition: 17-18 July 2021

Participation fee: £75 +VAT. Includes:

Our website will feature 8 product images, along with descriptions and buy now URL and exhibitor profile with URL to your online selling platform (eg. your website shop, etsy shop, via gallery instagram etc).

GNCCFonline will remain live for at least one month after the fair to enable follow up sales

Extensive promotion on our social media platforms (facebook, instagram, twitter)

Show promotion via our newsletter sent to over 10,000 and via our network of partners.

Digital promotional materials to send to your networks and use on your own digital platforms


GNCCF Manchester: 8-10 October 2021

Table top/space only 1800x700mm New Maker (in business 3 yrs or less ), £200 +VAT

Table Top/space only 1800x700mm Established Maker, £250 + VAT

2x1m Shell scheme stand New Maker (in business 3 yrs or less ), £300 +VAT

2x1m Shell scheme stand Established Maker, £375 +VAT

2x1.5m Shell scheme stand New Maker (in business 3 yrs or less ), £375 +VAT

2x1.5m Shell scheme stand Established Maker, £475 +VAT

Stand package costs listed below include:

Exhibitor profile inc 4 images and 40 word description on our website with your email and link to your website/online shop

Exhibitor profile with images on our social media platforms (facebook, instagram, twitter)

Extensive promotion via our social media platforms

Show promotion via our newsletter sent to over 10,000

Promotion to members and Friends of Victoria Baths and via their social media

Exhibitor storage area

24 hr security

Helpers for set up and breakdown

On site easy access temporary parking for set up and breakdown

Extensive national and regional press and promotion campaign, with particular emphasis on maker profiles and images of work

Printed and digital promotional materials to send to your networks

Digital promotional artwork to use on your social media platforms

Exhibitor awards

Various stand options to choose from - shell scheme, space only, table-top.

If you select a white plywood exhibition stand sized 2x1, 2x1.5 or 3x1 this will include two spotlights. It will also include fascia board with your name.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes for GNCCF Manchester there will be a Private View Evening from 6-9pm on Friday 8th October.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
GNCCFonline: Opens 9am 17th July and is on til 8pm Sunday 18th July. However the portal will remain open for at least one month after the event but will not be promoted as heavily.

GNCCF Manchester:
Friday 8th October 2021: 6-9pm ( Private View)
Saturday 9th October 2021: 10am-6pm
Sunday 10th October 2021: 11am - 5pm ( tbc)
Does the location have disabled access?
Limited disabled access - contact organiser for further details
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Extensive marketing and promotion on and off line for both events, with a particular emphasis on makers' images of work ( so please make sure you supply strong images which we can use in our press and PR!).
Do I need to be present?
Yes all selected makers need to be on their stands for the duration of the fair. Assistants are welcome.
How do you decide on proposals?
An industry panel of craft professionals are recruited to select makers for our fairs to ensure quality. Selection is on your six images only so please ensure they are good images, in focus and represent your work. You are welcome to submit images of work that you have sold as long as you will not be selling a very different collection.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
If you are selected, the organisers will contact you by email with an offer of space by 31st March 2021. A deposit will be required to secure your acceptance of space. In the event the event has to be cancelled due to Covid-19, full refunds of deposits and stand fees paid will be given.
What are the selection criteria?
We welcome applications from designers, makers and artists working in ceramics, jewellery, glass, basket-making, silver and metal smithing, book-making, paper, stationary, wood, plastics, mixed media, furniture, fashion textiles and accessories, fashion design, shoe design, millinery, interior textiles and home-wares, product design and print making.

We do not accept painting, drawing, graphic design, photography or greeting card makers, nor do we accept hand-made candles or soaps and toiletries.

We are a not for profit organisation and offer subsidised stands for new makers who have been in business 3 years or less.

Applications must be from the designer-maker and work must not be mass produced. We do not accept imported goods, not made by yourself.

For all our fairs, we welcome applications from diverse and talented makers from the UK and abroad, whatever their background or professional qualifications. We encourage applications from those groups which are currently under-represented in the craft sector, particularly people who identify as BAME or disabled. Selection is based on images only so please make sure you submit strong images of your work.

To achieve the best sales we recommend you have an online shop or third party selling platform.

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