Craft Industrialism: CALLOUT for MAKERS / DESIGNERS!

Deadline: 31/12/2014  |  Published: 04/11/2014  |  City: leeds  |  jenny lee

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Craft Industrialism seeks to set up a new initiative that bridges the gap between the maker and the public. A carefully curated public space will be created to reveal the process of craftsmanship and showcase the maker’s creative process. Each selected maker’s work will be carefully presented in an informal setting to enable the narrative of the work to be revealed, and to demonstrate the complexity and consideration that goes into every craft product made - from the initial starting point, design development and to the final production method. Low-tech, interactive ‘factories’ will be featured in the space, to enable public participation in the making process. Resulting in social engagement and knowledge transfer between the maker and the public. Through this project we hope to achieve wider understanding and appreciation of craftsmanship and to promote and support our local creative communities.

The Project

Craft Industrialism seeks to set up a new initiative that bridges the gap between the maker and the public.

A carefully curated public space will be created to reveal the process of craftsmanship and showcase the maker’s creative process.

Each selected maker’s work will be carefully presented in an informal setting to enable the narrative of the work to be revealed, and to demonstrate the complexity and consideration that goes into every craft product made - from the initial starting point, design development and to the final production method.

Low-tech, interactive ‘factories’ will be featured in the space, to enable public participation in the making process. Resulting in social engagement and knowledge transfer between the maker and the public.

Through this project we hope to achieve wider understanding and appreciation of craftsmanship and to promote and support our local creative communities.

The event is proposed to take place in March 2015 for a week in the heart of the city of Leeds.

 

The Opportunity

We are looking for professional, established, practicing makers/designers working in any craft field (ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and woodwork, jewellery)

We are not looking for hobbyists the work has to be of a high standard and produced in a modern context. There will be a strict selection process and the work needs to meet the guidelines set for ‘creative excellence’.

We are looking for modern 21st century makers, who are currently practicing / have their own studio and create work that is aesthetically beautiful or are creating work that is original.

The work can be driven by a strong visual identity focusing on the aesthetics or it can be process driven by a technique or manufacture or driven by a strong concept.

 As the project is about craftsmanship and the making process we are interested to hear also about how you produce your work.

Creative Excellence is defined as:

·       Modern, 21st Century, Contemporary work

  • ·       Hand-made/craft
  • ·       Strong visual identity and aesthetics
  • ·       Strong concept driving the work
  • ·       Driven by process, technique or manufacture (this can be traditional with a modern take) 

Submission Criteria:

In order to submit for this project you need to consider if your work meets the following criteria:

  • ·       Currently practicing and ideally have your own studio
  • ·       Be either based in Yorkshire or have Yorkshire roots
  • ·       Work has to be of a high standard and produced in a modern context
  • ·       The work should be driven by any of the 3 areas aesthetics, process or concept. If the work is driven by:
  • ·       Aesthetics: The aesthetics needs to be contemporary with a strong visual identity
  • ·       Process: The work needs to demonstrate a new modern approach to a technique or process of manufacture/production
  • ·       Concept: The concept needs to be original and unique

 

If you are interested in being considered please submit the following:

 

  • ·       Your Name & Website
  • ·       2-3 Images of your Work
  • ·       200 word maximum statement about your work
  • ·       200 word maximum statement about your process of working/making
  • ·       Key words that describe your work (maximum of 5).

 

KEY DATES

 

  • Submission Deadline:              31st December 2014
  • Selection Process:                   1st – 31st December 2014
  • Notification of your application:          1st November – 31st December 2014
  • Next Steps:                              1st January – 31st March 2015
Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Makers/Designers
How many works can I submit?
2-3 works can be submitted but ideally work that is current.
Is there a private view / opening?
yes - press and the creative industry will be invited
What are the exhibition opening hours?
7 days a week
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
yes - press and the creative industry will be invited to the event and also asked to promote the event and the work of the makers via their channels.
Do I need to be present?
You will only be required to be present on the following days:
VIP night and one of the Makers talks night

We do not require you to be there for the entire event.
How do you decide on proposals?
Based on our strict selection criteria, you need to consider if your work meets the creative excellence framework
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact you to discuss further the next steps.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are looking for beautifully crafted products from ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, jewellery etc.
What are the financial details to cover all costs incl. transport of materials, equipments to the si
This opportunity is being organised by a local practicing maker who is putting their free time, commitment and some of their own finance into making this event happen as they strongly believe in this platform and wish to support the local makers in this area.

As such the following costs are your responsibility:
The transport of your work to and from the venue
Insurance for your work during transit and during the show
Your own time to attend the event
Is there a cost to participate in this event?
This event is being organised by a local maker who is trying to secure funding for this event, should the funding not happen, we may ask the makers to contribute a 10 - 20% sale of their work or a very small flat fee just to help cover some of the cost of the set up of the event. We are hoping that this will not be the case, as ultimately we want to provide a free platform for our local makers.
Who are the organisers of this event?
This opportunity is being organised by a local practicing maker who is putting their free time, commitment and some of their own finance into making this event happen as they strongly believe in this platform and wish to support the local makers in this area.

We are not an arts organisation, a established gallery or even a commercial company.

All financing for this event will be part-funded by the organiser herself and part-funded by local funding schemes (which is in the process of being reviewed).
This event is being organised by a local maker who is trying to secure funding for this event, should the funding not happen, we may ask the makers to contribute a 10 - 20% sale of their work or a very small flat fee just to help cover some of the cost of the set up of the event. We are hoping that this will not be the case, as ultimately we want to provide a free platform for our local makers.
Do I need to set up my work?
You will not be required to help set up the work or to be present at the event for the whole time it is open.
You are required to be available to present a talk on the Makers night and to be present on the opening night.

We will be curating the work and overseeing the space during the open days.
If I am successful, what happens next? What is expected of me?
If you are successful, you will be contacted directly by the organiser who will explain to you about the event and give you further information and details.

You will be required to:
Send over marketing promotional materials such as images of your work
Provide an hour of your time to allow our filmmaker to film you at your studio
Drop your work off to the organisers and pick the work up after the event
PR & Market the event through your own channels as well
Be available to talk about your work during the Makers Night and to be present during the VIP night

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