DesignMarket 2019, 1–2 June 2019

Deadline: 31/05/2019  |  Published: 19/02/2019  |  City: Edinburgh  |  Region: Midlothian  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Iain Morrison

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Please note that the deadline for this opportunity has passed and we do not accept any more applications for this year's event. If you have enquiries please get in touch through the CuratorSpace's contact curator option.

The Fruitmarket Gallery throws its annual design fair, in partnership with Creative Edinburgh, filling the galleries with all manner of print, jewellery, fashion and homeware. The event gives a platform to designers while offering career-boosting talks, and workshops where the public can try their hand at different design disciplines.

DesignMarket is held at The Fruitmarket Gallery in partnership with Creative Edinburgh across two busy weekend days. We open with a celebratory launch on the Friday evening, and over the course of the weekend we welcome between two and three thousand visitors.

We are pleased to focus on local and emerging talent, alongside more established design names. We work hard to make this a friendly and affordable fair to spread your maker's wings in public for the first time. Apply to benefit from the exposure, sales and support network that The Fruitmarket Gallery and Creative Edinburgh bring to DesignMarket.

Stalls cost £165 +VAT. Creative Edinburgh's annual paying members are eligble for a concessionary rate of £115 +VAT.

If you have enquiries not answered by the FAQ section, then please get in touch through the CuratorSpace's Contact Curator option. We look forward to reading your application. Good luck!


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Can I share a table?
Participants are welcome to apply for shared tables if they organise stall partners themselves.
Do I have to attend in person?
Either you, or people you have arranged, are required to be at your stall throughout the opening hours of the event.
How do I get into the events and workshops programme?
If you have an idea for an event or a workshop, please get in touch with us through the Contact Curator option.
Where do talks and workshops happen?
Talks happen in the resource room in the Upstairs Gallery, which holds about 25 people.
Workshops happen at a designated table area set up in the galleries for approx. 12 people.
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any designers, design retailers or collaborative groups representing these areas of practice are welcome to apply. If in doubt whether you qualify, please apply – you’re probably doing something interesting!
When is the deadline?
Sunday 7 April, 2019
How much does it cost?
Stalls cost £165 + VAT. Creative Edinburgh's annual paying members are eligible for a discounted price of £115+VAT. See for information about joining Creative Edinburgh, and the memberships available.
What are the opening hours for DesignMarket 2019?
DesignMarket has a preview event from 5–8pm on Friday 31st May and is open from 10am–6pm on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2019.
What are the financial prospects for participants?
Designers usually aim to make their money on the stalls, and we work hard to drive in good visitor numbers to make this possible.

We are open to holding paid workshops, with the money being passed directly to the person running the workshop. Please contact us through the Contact Curator option if you'd like to propose a workshop.
Can I attend for one day only?
Participants are present for both days, so that visitors know what they’re going to be able to see and buy. If you have a particular problem with either of the days but are keen to be involved, please contact us through the Contact Curator option to see what's possible.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, with flat entrance and lift access to the upper floor.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Participants will be listed on the printed poster and leaflet for the event. DesignMarket and its participants will also be promoted through The Fruitmarket Gallery’s website and well-followed social media. A press release will be sent to relevant publications. An e-Flyer will be sent to the Gallery’s mailing list of 8000+ subscribers.
How do I pay for my stall?
Successful participants will be invoiced after confirmation of attendance, and payment is requested by bank transfer prior to the event.
What are the selection criteria?
We are looking for interesting, contemporary design work. We market the event as an opportunity to buy work, so people come expecting that to be the case. In the past we have also hosted stalls of either free giveaways or work exhibited but not available for sale.
Is there wall space available?
Wall space is provided at selected stalls. Please ask us if you would like to request wall space for your application. The stalls without wall space are mostly those in the upper gallery which often appeal to jewellers and those with small scale work, as they sit under the Gallery's central skylight.

Please flag if you are hoping to hang heavier items or would like help from our Technical Team who will be available on Friday afternoon.

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