Makers Fair at Saltaire Festival 2017
Deadline: 07/07/2017 | Published: 18/06/2017 | City: Saltaire, Bradford | Region: West Yorkshire | Country: United Kingdom | Saltaire Inspired
*Deadline extended to Friday 7th July 2017* Call for artists and designer-makers working in a wide range of contemporary craft and design disciplines, to exhibit at the Makers Fair at Saltaire Festival, taking place from Friday 8th to Saturday 9th September 2017 in gorgeous Victoria Hall at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. We are looking to select and showcase high-quality, innovative work in ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, metal, artists' books, paper, leather, wood, furniture, plastics, fashion textiles and accessories, printmaking and mixed media. The event this year will feature a very special and unique Friday evening shopping event, which will then be followed by a full day event on Saturday. *Please note that the event will not take place on the Sunday this year*
Who are we?
Largely volunteer-led, Saltaire Inspired creates exhibitions and projects within the World Heritage Site of Saltaire village, responding to Bradford’s cultural heritage and strengths. We promote and develop artists and their practice, showcase and sell high-quality contemporary craft and design, engage and inspire the local community and aim to make visual arts accessible and engaging through the use of private and public buildings. Visit the Saltaire Inspired website to find out more.
The Makers Fair:
Held in May and September, our Makers Fairs have a growing reputation for providing a showcase for some of the best contemporary craft available for sale or commission in the north of England and increasingly further afield also. The venue, Victoria Hall in Saltaire, is both attractive and historically unique; a great setting for a contemporary craft fair.
The Makers' Fair in September attracts footfall in the region of 1,000 - 1,500 people a day, generated by the opening weekend of the annual Saltaire Festival, at which we also deliver a Sculpture Trail in the village gardens.
Some comments from exhibitors: -
"Friendly yet professional feel. High quality makers"
"Excellent marketing and buzz"
"Very good footfall with plenty of people willing to buy work"
"Saltaire is wonderful because it brings designer/makers and people who are really interested in art work together in one place"
"Enjoyed the event very much and made to feel special by both organisers and visitors"
Artistic Policy and Selection:
We aim to showcase the original work of independent artists, makers and designers. All work must be handmade by the exhibitor themselves and original in concept. We are looking for work that is of gallery quality, contemporary and interesting. We do not accept or promote work constructed from assembled pieces, kit-based items or mass-produced reproductions of works in other media. Limited edition prints must be original.
Returning artists and makers will be expected to exhibit a significant proportion of new work. If you have exhibited with us before, please make sure you include details of proposed new work in your application.
An independent panel of arts professionals will make the selection. The 2017 panel will be announced on the Saltaire Inspired website.
We are able to offer a limited number of spaces to artists wishing to demonstrate their craft. See FAQs for details, and include details in your application if you wish to be considered.
How to apply: Make your submission via Curatorspace, uploading 4 - 10 good quality images.
A non-refundable administration fee of £5 will be required for all submissions. This should be paid no later than the closing date of Friday 7 July 2017, in order for your application to be considered. The £5 administrational does not guarentee you a place within the Makers Fair, all applications are subject to a selection process. Please make your payment here: Makers Fair Application FeeContact the curator
We will not accept or promote work constructed from assembled pieces, kit-based items or mass-produced reproductions of works in other media (giclee/digital prints) presented as 'limited edition'. Merchandising, including commercially printed cards, should form only a minor part of your display. The Fair is an opportunity for the public to meet the makers, therefore exhibitors must show only work created by themselves.
We would like to offer the public work at a range of prices, but are keen to promote the appreciation and sale of higher-priced, signature items.
• Basic space: £85 - Approximate space of 8x4 ft, including a 6x2 ft table and up to 2 chairs if required. You are welcome to bring your own display boarding etc. to set up within this space.
• Small Display Space: £100 - Basic Space + display board measuring 4x4 ft (above table height), with flexible hanging system, no spotlights but access to power may be requested.
• Large Display Space: £115 - Basic Space + display boards measuring 8x4 ft (total space to display on board, above table height) with legs that make 6ft 6” height in total. Display boards include a flexible hanging system and 2 spotlights.
• Demonstration Space: a £20 reduction on the above prices. May include a small amount additional space (to be agreed).
Fees will be requested upon successful application, which must be paid by 17th August 2017. No commission will be taken on sales.
Please indicate which type of space you require under 'Additional Requirements'.
Access to a power socket may be available on request.
Saturday 9th September - 10am to 5pm
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