Saltaire Inspired Winter Makers Fair 2018
Deadline: 27/07/2018 | Published: 24/06/2018 | Venue: Victoria Hall, Saltaire | City: Saltaire, Bradford | Region: West Yorkshire | Country: United Kingdom | Saltaire Inspired
***DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday 27th July 2018*** Call for artists and designer-makers working in a wide range of contemporary craft and design disciplines, to exhibit at the Winter Makers Fair, taking place from Friday 9th November (4pm - 8:30pm) to Saturday 10th November (10am - 5pm) 2018 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 and original work in ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, metal, artists' books, paper, leather, wood, furniture, plastics, fashion textiles and accessories, printmaking and mixed media. *Applications with a focus on painting, drawing or other fine art practices will not be considered for this opportunity.* This event 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
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. The venue, Victoria Hall in Saltaire, is both attractive and historically unique, a great setting for a contemporary craft fair. We regularly see 1000 - 1500 visitors per day through the doors. The Fair will include artist demonstrations, a popular Art Tombola and there will be a pop-up cafe with delicious sweet and savoury snacks.
The Saltaire Inspired Makers Fairs take place regularly twice a year - the first during the bank holiday weekend in May as a part of our village-wide Saltaire Arts Trail, and the second usually happens in September to coincide with the opening weekend of the Saltaire Festival. For the first time this year, our usual September event will instead be held in November as our first Winter Makers Fair. We listened to feedback from past visitors and exhibitiors who told us that they would like to see an event held around the Christmas season, and so this year we are very excited to host a very special Makers Fair which will be filled with seasonal festivities, just at the right time to capture the start of the Christmas buying audiences.
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. Our Makers Fairs have a specific focus on showcasing handmade and contemporary craft, therefore we are unable to accept applications of traditional Fine Art practices, such as painting and drawing.
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 2018 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. A discount on pitch fees will be offered to those exhibitors selected to run demonstrations that feature an activity for visitors to take part in. See FAQs for details, and include details in your application if you wish to be considered.
How to apply
Make your submission via Curatorspace, remembering to upload between 4 - 10 good quality images. Please ensure that you upload and attach each image individually.
A non-refundable administration fee of £5 will be required for all submissions. As a volunteer-led charitable organisation, this helps us to cover the administrational costs of carrying out a fair and unbiased selection process with an independant panel of industry professional judges.
The administration fee should be paid no later than the closing date of Friday 27th July 2018, 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 Fee
Contact 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 *approximately 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 *approximately 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).
Please indicate which type of space you require under 'Stand Options'.
Access to a power socket may be available on request.
Fees will be requested upon successful application, which must be paid by 4th September 2018. No commission will be taken on sales.
*Approximate measurements to be confirmed.
The administration fee should be paid before the closing date for entries, of Friday 27th July 2018. If the £5 fee is not paid by the closing date, your application will not be considered.
Payment can be made online via PayPal (no PayPal account needed). *Please see the opportunity description page for a link to PayPal for payment, or copy and paste the following link into your browser - https://bit.ly/2MjRrMY
Please note that this £5 administrational fee does not guarantee you a place within the Makers Fair, all applications are subject to a selection process.
*We regret that no additional room for working outside of the stand will be given for demonstrations taking place in a Large Display Space.
Saturday 10th November - 10am to 5pm
In collaboration with Cupola Contemporary Art, there will be the opportunity for the public to buy items through the OwnArt scheme (Exhibitors will need to sign a code of practice prior to the event in order to be included in this.)
If your application is successful, you must be able to commit to the full duration of the Fair, and will be asked to agree to our terms of participation. Payment of the pitch fee must be paid by the deadline date of Friday 14th September in order to secure your place within the Makers Fair.
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