Notts Book Arts Fair 2024

Deadline: 14/07/2024

City: Nottingham  |  Region: Nottinghamshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Jenny Stevenson

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Call for exhibitors to participate in the second Notts Book Arts Fair in Nottingham - a small, one day event to be held on November 2nd 2024. Applications from book artists, small presses and other individuals or groups interested in book arts, book binding, and related crafts like printmaking, are welcome to hold a stall. We’re keen to represent a broad variety in book art and a balance of local participation alongside those from further afield.

The Notts Book Arts Fair is part of a wider programme of events including workshops and a touring exhibition in Nottinghamshire Libraries. This application is for the Book Fair only, please check out our call for art if you have artwork to submit to our exhibition. Notts Book Arts was founded to share a love of books as an art form and a need to create more opportunities in the Midlands for book artists to meet, connect and establish new audiences as well as inspiring a new generation of book artists. 

There is no charge for submissions, but successful applicants will pay a fee for the stall which must be paid within two weeks of being accepted. As part of the application, you will be asked for your preference among the following table options:

Small Table (4’ x 2’6”) - £25 

Full table (6’ x 2’6”) - £30 

Two small tables (two small tables pushed together, which is 8ft x 2’6”) - £35 

Please specify which you’d prefer when completing your submission. You will be provided with 1 chair per table and access to the kitchen facilities throughout the day. If you want to bring your own free-standing display boards etc. to set up behind your table, let us know, and we will try to accommodate everyone’s needs.

The event will be held at Minor Oak, Nottingham which is in the heart of the Creative Quarter right next to the pedestrian city centre. Minor Oak is easily accessible by public or individual transport and has parking spaces and places to eat nearby.

Important dates to remember: 

14/07/2024 - Deadline for submissions

End of July  - Applicants will be informed

2/11/24 - Day of the event, 10am arrival and set up, 11am-5pm  stalls have to be attended by applicants, 5pm-6pm take-down.

Before submitting your application, please read the 'Opportunity FAQs' section for full details and requirements for this event.

By entering you give us permission to use any uploaded image for publicity.

We look forward to receiving your submission. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or have any questions.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
This opportunity is for Individuals or Collectives. Open to professional and amateur book artists, publishers and artists inspired by the book form.
When is the deadline?
Submission deadline is 14th July 2024.
How much does it cost?
There is no fee to submit your application. You will be asked to pay a fee of £25 - £35 per stall, depending on the size (£25 for 4ft, £30 for 6ft, £35 for 8ft), payable once you have received notification of your inclusion in the fair. The exhibitors fee goes towards covering costs of the venue, promotion, advertising and more. Your contribution helps to keep Notts Book Arts running and growing.
When is the date and what are the times of the fair?
The fair is being held on Nov 2nd 2024 11am - 5pm. You should bring your work with you on the day. Artists are required to arrive at the venue between 10 -11am on Saturday morning ensuring enough time to set up for an 11am and to only start packing away after 5pm
What can I sell?
Artists books in a wide interpretation of the term including blank journals if they are handmade and commercially reproduced books as long as they contain your original artwork. Altered books, fine press, letterpress. Please let us know what kind of books you are selling in the artist statement.
Are there payments to artists?
No, but you will be able to sell your work at the Fair. We take no commission on sales of artists' work so the price you charge for your work will be the price you receive.
Is there parking and space to unload/load?
There is access for unloading/loading outside the venue during the hour before and the hour after the fair is open to the public (not during opening times). details of available streets for parking nearby will be supplied in the welcome pack once you have been accepted.
Does the location have disabled access?
The event is fully taking place on the ground floor, and doors have a low threshold. And there is an accessible toilet with a transfer bar and handholds. For more detailed information feel free to contact us.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will advertise on social media through CuratorSpace, book arts related newsgroups, mailing lists, newsletters and the local press.
We will be promoting the event on all our social media platforms, website and database and ask that you also share online. Advertisements will be run locally and distributed across our networks and local area.
Artists will be required to allow images of their work to be displayed on the Notts Book Arts website, Facebook page, instagram, fair catalogue and any other public forum deemed necessary for communication, publicity and marketing purposes.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, you will be required to attend the fair and oversee your work for the whole day event. Artists/groups are responsible for setting up/hanging/displaying their own work and will be allocated a space on arrival at the venue. Your stall will not be supervised by anyone else and it’s your responsibility to make sure there is someone to watch your stall if you’re not present.
How do you decide on proposals?
We get together as a group and evaluate work on merit, we’re keen to represent a broad variety in book art and a good balance of local participation alongside those from further afield. Work that demonstrates a high level of skill of the artist’s chosen media. Please ensure you provide good images and information about your work. All selection decisions are final and notification of acceptance will be made through curatorspace.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be sent a message of acceptance and a request to pay the full fee no later than two weeks after accepting to protect your space. You will be sent guidelines for the event and the day.
What are the sizes of the tables?
Tables are per default provided with 1 chair but you can have a 2nd chair on request (please make a note under access). Table sizes are 6’ x 2’6” for a full table and 4’ x 2’6” for a small table, two small tables together would be 8’ x 2’6”.
Do you provide insurance?
We (or rather the event space) provides public liability insurance against accidents on the premises. The items you sell at the fair are not insured by us and you are advised to insure your work against theft or damage. Artists are encouraged to do their own research and take out their own public Liability insurance if deemed necessary. (Is not a requirement from our side to take part).

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