How to Apply
Applications for Exhibiting in 2015 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied, the craft tents are sold out.
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 are available now. Please scroll down to the bottom and register below. 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, which includes the One Year On marquee. One Year On is a dedicated area for for makers in their first year of business.
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 showcases approximately 20 makers in their own dedicated marquee. 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 (Business must have started since January 2014)
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 2014.
DEADLINE: The Contemporary Craft Festival NOVEMBER 28 2014
DEADLINE: ONE YEAR ON at the Contemporary Craft Festival FEBRUARY 6 2015
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.
IMAGE FORMAT 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. Your application must be received by 6pm on November 28th 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.
FAQ about applications
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. It is not essential that you change the dpi but you should still be to 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 images lose quality in the recommended sizes (or are square) by all means make them a little larger or smaller. However please think about the size you are sending your low res images. A4 is the largest size we could ever use an image except in VERY rare instances. We use the low resolution images for a powerpoint presentation to be viewed on a big screen by the selection panel. We get lots of images of around 100cm. These would be appropriate for roadside banners but they are not suitable for our Powerpoint presentation! It takes many hours to resize images like this and if we run out of time we may not be able to use all 6 or your images which could compromise your application. Please try to keep the low res images close to 6 x 9cm. 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).
All applicants will be informed of the Selection Panel’s decision in writing. As we have so many entries we cannot discuss individual applications and the selection panel’s decision is final.
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