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Apply for the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017
Apply for the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
0131 466 3870

Craft Scotland and Emergents are now inviting applications from emerging and established makers who produce high-quality, innovative work suitable for a design-conscious audience. Working once more with Scottish architecture company GRAS on stand design, we are returning to the London Design Fair in 2017 with a new selection of the best makers working in Scotland today.

Scotland:Craft & Design pavilion


After a successful launch in 2016, the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion, returns to the London Design Fair in September 2017.

Craft Scotland and Emergents will work in partnership to present the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion, which will feature a multidisciplinary selection of the best makers working in Scotland today.

The pavilion will offer visitors an opportunity to see innovative design-led Scottish craft at the London Design Fair, the four-day industry event that is the highlight of the annual London Design Festival.

Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions and galleries.

The event is held at the Old Truman Brewery and runs Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017. A Private View will be held from 8pm to 11pm on Thursday 21 September. The first two days of London Design Fair are designed for trade buyers (the show is not accessible to the public these days) with the final two days being open to the public and trade.

The London Design Fair attracts over 27,000 influential retailer buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public. Exhibitors showcase furniture, lighting, interior textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.

In 2016 the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion and its makers generated media interest with coverage in the Guardian, Financial Times, Crafts Magazine and Elle Decoration to name a few. Following on from the show 55% of makers reported press coverage, 50% made a new stockist, 33% gained new gallery representation and 55% made links with buyers.

"I found it a very rewarding experience. I spend so much of my time working on my own so it was great to go out and meet so many people I was amazed at how busy the exhibition was. It's not something I would have taken part in without the support of Craft Scotland and Emergents" - participating maker, 2016. 

Read more about the 2016 Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion.

Craft Scotland is the national agency for craft, who work to unite, inspire and champion craft through creating opportunities for makers and audiences.

Emergents is a community interest company that aims to support the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond.

Get Involved

Applications are invited from makers working across contemporary craft disciplines including: ceramics, wood, glass, textiles, furniture, lighting and more. We encourage applications from emerging and established makers who produce high-quality, innovative work suitable for a design-conscious audience.  

We are looking for approximately 20 makers. This opportunity is particularly suitable for makers looking for commissions, trade orders and to make connections with buyers and stockists.

The pavilion will be located within its own dedicated central 277 sq. metre hall at the London Design Fair and will be designed by GRAS, a Scottish architecture and design studio.

You must be able to provide between three and ten pieces of showcase-quality work (depending on discipline). The number of pieces will be agreed in consultation with Craft Scotland.

Whilst work on the pavilion will be for sale, the main aim of this opportunity is to provide makers with a platform to showcase their work, raise awareness of their brand, and connect with a targeted audience.

What we will do

Craft Scotland/Emergents will:

  • Promote the event and the makers taking part on our websites and through social media 
  • Produce printed literature 
  • Maintain communication throughout the project with the successful makers (the Craft Scotland team will be the main point of contact for all makers)  
  • Liaise with the GRAS team regarding pavilion design and curation of makers’ work 
  • Curate the space and install makers’ work at the show (makers are not required to attend the show during installation)  
  • Manage the show, take sales and liaise with potential clients on behalf of the makers 
  • 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 Craft Scotland/Emergents
  • Attend the Preparation Day (Tuesday 20 May)
  • Deliver to and collect your work from the Craft Scotland office, Coburg Street, Edinburgh (where makers are based in the Highlands and Islands and Moray there may be funding available to assist with shipping costs through Emergents)
  • Attend the show for its duration i.e. four days (where makers are based in the Highlands & Islands and Moray there may be funding available to assist with travel costs through Emergents)
  • 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/Emergents and the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion in your own marketing including on your website, CV etc.
  • Provide feedback as requested

Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion

Key Dates:

5pm Friday 10 March 2017 - Deadline for receipt of applications to Craft Scotland

By Friday 7 April 2017 - Applicants notified of the outcome of their application

Tuesday 30 May 2017 – Preparation day (Edinburgh location tbc)

w/c 11 September 2017 - Delivery of all work for London Design Fair

21 to 24 September 2017 - Show dates

8pm to 11pm Thursday 21 September 2017 London Design Fair Private View

w/c 2 October 2017 - Collection of work from Craft Scotland (or arrangement of onward transport of work to Highlands & Islands and Moray through Emergents) 

Conditions of Application

You must:

  • Live and work in Scotland

Fees and Associated Costs

  • An application fee of £25 must be submitted with all applications – non-payment of this will mean that your application is NOT considered. The payment will be taken via PayPal after you have submitted the online form
  • Successful makers will be expected to pay a £350 participation fee (this fee is towards the cost of the stand, administration, staffing and marketing)
  • Craft Scotland will take 50% commission on all retail 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.

A selection panel will meet to review all applications and select the successful makers. All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application by Friday 7 April 2017.

Members of the selection panel will be:

  • Jimmy MacDonald, Founder & Director, London Design Fair
  • Jo Scott, Project Manager, Craft Scotland
  • Pamela Conacher, Director, Emergents
  • Dr Stacey Hunter, Design Curator & Director of Local Heroes

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm Friday 10 March 2017

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. 


Any questions regarding the show or the application process, please direct them to Allyson Gee, Project Assistant at or on 0131 466 3870.

Apply for the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion 2017

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