Crafted By Hand 2019 Applications OPEN

Deadline: 25/02/2019  |  Published: 04/01/2019  |  City: Masham  |  Region: North Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Josie Beszant

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Crafted By Hand welcomes applicants for their summer & winter events held in Masham (Wensleydale), with their one day event on Sunday 30th June 2019 & their two-day event on 2 – 3rd November 2019. Crafted by Hand aims to attract independent artists, makers and designers. We are looking for work that is of gallery quality, contemporary and interesting. A mix of disciplines, activities and items differentiate this event from others.

Crafted By Hand is an event where you can find fresh, contemporary, craft and design that's being chosen for its quality & originality. No made-it-from-a-craft-kit assembly jobs, no peach coloured crocheted toilet roll holders.

We are looking for work that is of gallery quality, contemporary and interesting. A mix of disciplines, activities and items differentiate this event from others. We are also looking for artists/craftspeople who may be interested in putting on something unusual - an installation in the entrance hall perhaps? Some performance art outside? Something that will surprise and intrigue visitors.

By Hand Events is run by Josie Beszant and Charlotte Morrison. The events are sponsored by Masham Gallery. Josie is an artist and owns Masham Gallery, Charlotte is a ceramicist. They have a passion for handmade contemporary art and craft, and really enjoy organising this event. They both have extensive experience of organising and promoting successful festivals, exhibitions and events. 

Masham is a small market town in the south of Wensleydale - a very creative place with a wealth of galleries, independent artists and craftspeople. It has a strong events programme throughout the year with an established audience of both locals and visitors. Visitor numbers have reached between 1000 &1300 for their one day & two day events & the vast majority of stall holders reporting excellent sales figures. Table stands are priced at £50 (summer one day) £95 (winter two day) & boarded lit stands with hanging facilities at £75 (summer one day) £145 (winter two day). Demonstration stands (with room for selling) are free in exchange for 10% of your total takings (up to £50 in summer & £95 in winter). 

At each of this years events, we are looking to have stands allocated to invited showcase makers & artists. These will be individuals who show exceptional skill in their chosen craft.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Crafted by Hand aims to attract independent artists, makers and designers. We are looking for work that is of gallery quality, contemporary and interesting. A mix of disciplines, activities and items differentiate this event from others.
When is the deadline?
midnight 25th February
How many works can I submit?
6
How much does it cost?
Applications are free.
Summer stalls are from £50 for 1 day, Winter from £95 (2 day). See the application form former details
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10am - 4pm, set up for artists from 7.30am
Does the location have disabled access?
yes
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We already have a strong and proven marketing plan in place for Crafted By Hand. We will make strong use of social media such as twitter and facebook, using on our existing audience and creating new networks. We enjoy good relationships with the local and regional media and will use these in extensive PR activities. Leaflets will also be distributed widely in the area. Banners and roadside signs are put up well in advance. We have a large and ever growing mailing list and social media following.
We will promote Crafted by Hand through our website www.by-handevents.com which will have all the details of the event, including exhibitors websites and images. Additional coverage will be through www.VisitMasham.com, www.artison.co.uk and the selectors own popular websites (e.g. www.mashamgallery.co.uk, www.Ianscottmassie.com). We ask all exhibitors to participate in the marketing and to promote their attendance at the event as much as possible.
Do I need to be present?
yes
How do you decide on exhibitors?
The selection panel will include: 2 Guest selectors (Sharon Dale, interiors journalist Yorkshire Post, 1 to be confirmed ) Josie Beszant, artist & owner of Masham Gallery; Charlotte Morrison, ceramicist; Ian Scott Massie, artist; Susan Briggs, PR & marketing in tourism and creative industries. Every selector has an equal vote and the panel changes each year. The selectors are asked to look for quality and variety in the exhibitors they select. Good quality photos help your application.
What happens if I am chosen?
Selected applicants for both events will be notified by: Mon 18th March
Payment will be due by:
Summer Event – Mon 29th April
Winter Event – Mon 12th August
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We're looking for proposals where the maker/artist/designer has a clear style and ability to showcase their work. We look for a clearly written application and great images.

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