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Apply for the Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017
Apply for the Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017
26/01/2017
Second Floor, White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3ES
0131 466 3870

The Summer Show is Craft Scotland’s annual selling exhibition showcasing the work of over 30 designer/makers from across Scotland. Running for three weeks as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it gives locals and visitors to the capital the opportunity to see and buy high-quality, original, contemporary craft. Applications are invited from makers working across all craft disciplines: ceramics, wood, jewellery, glass, textiles, furniture, lighting and more. We are looking for 30 - 35 makers whose work would be suitable for an audience of existing and first time buyers of craft.

Introduction

The Summer Show is Craft Scotland’s annual selling exhibition showcasing the work of over 30 designer/makers from across Scotland. Running for three weeks as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it gives locals and visitors to the capital the opportunity to see and buy high-quality, original, contemporary craft.

Held on the entire second floor of White Stuff on George Street, Edinburgh, the Summer Show attracts over 4,000 visitors. Now in its fifth year, the Summer Show will introduce a programme of events and workshops to complement the exhibition, a first in the show’s history. The Summer Show is open to the public from Friday 04 to Sunday 27 August 2017, with an invitation only Private View held on Thursday 03 August

Get Involved

Applications are invited from makers working across all craft disciplines: ceramics, wood, jewellery, glass, textiles, furniture, lighting and more. We are looking for 30 - 35 makers whose work would be suitable for an audience of existing and first time buyers of craft.

This opportunity is suitable for both established and emerging makers who produce affordable, high-quality craft. You must be able to provide between 10 and 50 pieces of work (depending on discipline) for the show.

In previous years works have typically sold for between £20 and £500, with an average sales value of around £45. In 2016 the show generated £20k of sales. This is a great opportunity for makers to sell their work to local and international visitors during Edinburgh’s busy Festival period. 

For the Summer Show in 2017 Craft Scotland will focus on increasing visitor numbers and broadening the range of people visiting the show. We’ll do this through targeted marketing activity and by implementing a programme of workshops/events alongside the show.

As a contribution towards the additional associated costs of doing so, we are asking makers to make a modest participation fee of £50. This will allow us to increase our marketing efforts, and in turn, hopefully increase footfall to the show and increase sales.

What we will do

Craft Scotland will:

  • Promote the event and the makers taking part on our website and through social media
  • Run and manage a programme of workshops/events alongside the show
  • Produce printed literature
  • Maintain communication throughout the project with the successful makers
  • Curate the space and set-up makers work at the show
  • Manage the show, take sales and liaise with potential clients on behalf of the makers
  • Issue a notification of sales to the maker within 28 days of the show closing
  • Evaluate and report on the show

Your Commitment

You will be expected to:

  • Meet deadlines as set out below and those issued following the selection process
  • Maintain communication throughout the project with the Craft Scotland team
  • Deliver to and collect your work from White Stuff, George Street, Edinburgh
  • Volunteer one day of your time to help facilitate the show (where makers are not based in the central belt there may be funding available to assist with travel costs)
  • Promote the show and your involvement through your networks e.g. buyers, collectors, interested parties through your website, via social media, via mail outs etc.
  • Mention Craft Scotland in your own marketing including on your website, CV etc.
  • Be responsible for invoicing Craft Scotland for sales made
  • Provide feedback as requested

Key Dates:

5pm Thursday 26 January 2017: Deadline for receipt of applications to Craft Scotland
By Friday 17 February 2017: Applicants notified of the outcome of their application
Friday 30 June 2017: Participation fee due for payment
w/c 31 July 2017: Delivery of all work to White Stuff, Edinburgh
3 August 2017: Summer Show, Private View
4 – 27 August 2017: Summer Show, show dates
28 & 29 August 2017: Collection of work from White Stuff

Conditions of Application

You must:

  • Live and work in Scotland
  • Be registered on the Craft Scotland website and have an active, up-to-date public maker profile

Fees and Associated Costs

  • An application fee of £15 must be submitted with all applications – non-payment of this will mean that your application is NOT considered
  • Successful makers will be expected to pay a £50 participation fee (this fee is towards the cost administration, staffing and marketing)
  • Craft Scotland will take 40% commission on all sales

Selection Criteria and Process

Selection for the show will be based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of your work
  • How suitable your work is for the audience and the show itself
  • Whether the price point of your work is reflective of those seen at the show
  • What level of concept and design can be seen in your work

It is important that the work selected acts as a visual collection. This will be the overarching criteria once the others have been satisfied.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Thursday 26 January 2017. A selection panel will meet in February to review all applications and select the successful makers. All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application by 17 February 2017.

Members of the selection panel will be:

  • Jo Scott, Project Manager, Craft Scotland
  • Clare Yuille, Director, Indie Retail Academy
  • Maggie Broadley, Executive Director, Craft Town Scotland

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your application via our online form

Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need to upload a copy of your up-to-date CV and images of FIVE pieces of work for consideration – these should be representative of the type of work you intend to exhibit at the show.

You will also need to upload an image an image of yourself. Preferably this would be a photograph of you at work, with your work, or in your studio.

Craft Scotland would prefer professional quality photographs where possible, as these will be used in our marketing campaigns. Please be aware that your work will be considerably less likely to be featured in our marketing efforts if your photography is not of a high standard.

Images should be jpeg format at 300dpi; at least one side should measure a minimum of 1000px. 

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm Thursday 26 January 2017.

Contact

Any questions regarding the Summer Show or the application process, please direct them to Allyson Gee, Project Assistant at allyson@craftscotland.org or on 0131 466 3870.

Apply for the Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017

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