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
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."
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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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.
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
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.
Friday 8th October 2021: 6-9pm ( Private View)
Saturday 9th October 2021: 10am-6pm
Sunday 10th October 2021: 11am - 5pm ( tbc)
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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