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Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016: Applications open
Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016: Applications open
18/03/2016
White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3ES
0131 466 3870

Presented across the entire second floor of White Stuff on George Street, Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Craft Scotland Summer Show attracts around 5,000 visitors each year who come to see and buy high-quality, contemporary Scottish craft. We are now inviting submissions from makers who wish to take part in our 2016 Summer Show.

The show has run consecutively for the last three years during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, showcasing the works of approximately 30 makers over the three-week show. Our Summer Show is a great opportunity for makers to sell their work to local, national and international visitors during Edinburgh’s busy festival period.

The Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016 will be held once again at White Stuff in Edinburgh. It will be open to the public from Friday 5 to Sunday 28 August 2016, with an invitation-only private view held on Thursday 4 August.

Get Involved

For our 2016 Summer Show we plan to exhibit the work of around 35 makers across a range of disciplines. We are looking for makers whose work would be suitable for an audience of existing and first-time buyers of craft. As in previous years we are also keen to promote a selection of emerging makers.

To be considered for this opportunity, you should produce affordable, high-quality craft. You must be able to provide between ten and 40 pieces of work (depending on discipline) for the show. From our experience of the Summer Show in previous years, works have typically sold for between £20 and £500, with an average sales value of around £45.

What we will do

Craft Scotland will:

  • Promote the event and the makers taking part on our website and through social media
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Provide feedback as requested

Key Dates

5pm Friday 18 March 2016 - Deadline for receipt of applications to Craft Scotland
By Friday 8 April 2016 - Applicants notified of the outcome of their application
w/c 1 August 2016 - Delivery of all work for the Summer Show
4 August 2016 - Summer Show Private View
5 – 28 August 2016 - Summer Show open
29 & 30 August 2016 - 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 will mean that your application will NOT be considered. The payment will be taken via PayPal after you have submitted the online form
  • Craft Scotland will take 40% commission on all sales

Selection Criteria and Process

Selection for the show will be based upon 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.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 18 March 2016. 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 8 April 2016.

Members of the selection panel will be:

  • Jo Scott: Project Manager, Craft Scotland
  • Lauren Baker: Curator, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
  • Rebecca Wilson: Designer/Maker                                      

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your application online using our application form here

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. 

We recommend you prepare your answers on a separate document before beginning your application form, to make sure you have a back-up of your responses. 

  • Images should be jpeg format at 300dpi; ideally one side should measure a minimum of 1000px
  • Fields with a star are mandatory
  • Please pay close attention to the naming conventions for all files you upload (all file names must start with your name)
  • CVs must be uploaded as Word documents or pdfs
  • Once you hit the submit button, the files will be uploaded. This might take some time (depending on your internet connection and size of files). Do not navigate away or shut the page down. Wait until you are taken through to the payment stage. After submission check that you have received an email with a copy of your full application
  • The combined files in your submission (your CV and five images) must not exceed 20Mb. If your submission does exceed 20Mb you will not be taken through to payment stage, you will not receive a confirmation email and we will not receive your entry 

Summer Show Application Form

Contact

Any questions regarding the show or application process should be directed to Jo Scott, Project Manager at jo@craftscotland.org or on 0131 466 3870. 

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