Applications for Exhibiting in 2015 have now closed and we are sold out. Applications are available from September.
The Contemporary Craft Festival has become one of the largest and most prestigious shows to be part of in the UK. The online application forms for 2016 will be available from mid September 2015. Use the Exhibitor signup to be emailed reminders when to apply. Stand packages start from £395 + VAT in the Festival marquees and £195 + VAT for One Year On.
With a lively and inspirational atmosphere, the Festival has built up a loyal following of over 8000 visitors and we represent nearly 200 of the UK’s finest designer makers from across Britain & Ireland. The event is set in a marquee village in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon with excellent transport links via road, train and air. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals.
One Year On is a dedicated marquee for makers in their first year of business. It will showcase approximately 20 makers. The aim of One Year On is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and promote the wealth of creative talent we have in the UK. Stands in One Year On are offered at much reduced rate to The Contemporary Craft Festival's main marquee and create an outstanding opportunity for businesses of one year or less ( For next year, Business must have started since January 2015)
Application forms are available from September to end November.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
All Applications criteria: You are resident in the UK or Ireland. Your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality.
You make any of the following: Ceramics, Glass, Textiles, Jewellery, Metal, Wood/Furniture, Plastics, Mixed Media, Leather, Recycled Materials and Paper or Prints. No painting, photography, graphic design or musical instruments. Greetings cards are accepted as part of the range but not the sole product.
One Year On Application Criteria: You are a graduate (students still in education at February 6th deadline may not apply). Your work is in any of the above mediums and you are in your first year of business which commenced after January 1st 2015.
DEADLINE: The Contemporary Craft Festival NOVEMBER 27 2015
DEADLINE: ONE YEAR ON at the Contemporary Craft Festival FEBRUARY 8th 2016
Please click on the headings below to read some useful FAQs about your exhibiting at the event.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL IMAGES
Quality of images is often a reason why good makers don't get selected. Is your image sharp and in focus? Can you clearly see the object? Avoid distracting backgrounds. Make sure the image isn't too dark or too light. Please think about what your selected images say about your work. Don’t be tempted to send in contrasting pictures of different ranges. Selectors prefer to see a coherent body of work. The selection of images you choose will also be used for promotional purposes and all images will need to be good quality and clear. The 72dpi images will be used for presentation to the Selection Panel. All six images will be projected to the selection panel at the same time. The 300dpi images will be used for promotional purposes.
You wil need to upload Six 72dpi low resolution and Six 300dpi high resolution images for selection, via our online appliaction form. Each image should be labelled with your name For example: Jane Smith 72.jpg and Jane Smith 300.jpg. Please file each group of 6 in separate folders, eg Jane Smith 72, Jane Smith 300. Digital images must be saved as JPEG files and should have the suffix .jpg Do not try and send more than 6. They should be the same images in 72 and 300dpi. Your 72dpi images should be approx 6 x 9cm and 300dpi, 30 x 40cm max. The optimum size for your 72dpi images is 480pixels wide. Your application must be received by 6pm on November 28th 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.
I can't change the dpi
Most cameras are set up to take images in 300dpi. Remember you can always reduce the resolution and file size but you will not be able to increase it. You will need Photoshop to change the dpi but if you do not use Photoshop, you can reduce the file size using any Mac or Microsoft picture editor programme with either an edit or resize function. The system will not accept file sizes larger than 600KB for low res and 4MB for high res, so you will need to make a set of reduced size images under 600kb and as close to the recommended dimensions as possible.
My images do not work in your dimensions
The dimensions are a guide only. If you are not happy with the quality in these dimensions by all means make them a little larger. Try not to go much smaller than 6 x 9cm or larger than 30 x 40cm. The optimum size for use on our website is 480 pixels wide. They may be landscape portrait or square shaped. If you are having problems with the 6 x 9cm guide, please resize them to 480 pixels wide and they will come out a good average size for our purposes.
We recieve many images that are as big as 100cm and have not been resized. These are fine for your high resolution images and would be perfect for roadside banners but we need to resize them for the selection and they cause our computers to crash! Please help us by resizing them - We have nearly 3,000 individual images to download.
If you really cannot reduce your image size make sure your application arrives well in advance of the deadline so that we have time to work on them.
I have changed the images to jpgs but they are still unacceptable
Check they have really converted to jpg - Open in properties and check there are no words or letters after the file extension .jpg In most cases this can be solved by renaming the image xxxx.jpg
My images have uploaded but the form will not submit/ the form freezes on a certain box
Another application is being uploaded at the same time. Try again in a few minutes. This happens alot as we approach the deadline - again we advise getting your application in early to avoid frustration!
Can I apply for One Year On & the Contemporay Craft Festival?
Yes, in the event that you are selected in both areas you can choose where you would like to have your stand.
I am not an applied arts Graduate, can I apply for One Year On?
You do not have to have completed formal higher education studies to apply - you may be self taught, have trained abroad or come through an apprenticeship scheme. (You may not apply if you are still a student).
I am interested in having a Trade Stand
Our Making & Materials area is a carefully hand picked selection of businesses that will complement our main exhibitor marquees. If you sell artists materials, Arts & Crafts publications and magazines or want to promote a Craft Organisation please get in touch, particularly those from the West Country. There is a short application process during the January before the show. Please note we do not accept applications from individual Designer Makers in this part of the Festival.