Makers Fair at Saltaire Festival 2016
Deadline: 27/06/2016 | Published: 18/05/2016 | City: Saltaire, Bradford | Region: West Yorkshire | Saltaire Inspired
Call for artists and designer/makers working in a wide range of craft disciplines, to exhibit at the Makers Fair at Saltaire Festival, taking place from 10-11 September 2016 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.
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. 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 4,000 people, 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"
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 2016 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 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 Monday 27th June 2016, in order for your application to be considered. Please make your payment here: Makers Fair Appication 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 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.
• Display Space: £140 - 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 £40 reduction on the above prices. Includes additional space (to be agreed)
Fees will be requested upon successful application. No commission will be taken on sales.
Please indicate which type of space you require under 'additional requirements'
Extension leads are available on request.
Sunday 11th September - 10am to 5pm.
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