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Scottish Showcase at Tent, London Design Festival: Call for Makers
Scottish Showcase at Tent, London Design Festival: Call for Makers
Tent London, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Craft Scotland and Emergents are working in partnership to present a showcase of innovative design-led Scottish craft at Tent, the four-day industry event that is the highlight of the annual London Design Festival. The deadline for applications has been extended, and we invite applications from designer/makers to take part in our showcase.

Located in the creative heart of East London, Tent & Super Brands London is a four-day industry event that brings together 450 exhibitors from 29 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions and galleries.

As the destination of the annual London Design Festival Tent attracts over 25,000 influential retailer buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public. Exhibitors showcase furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.

The first two days of Tent 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 event is held at the Old Truman Brewery, East London and runs Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September 2016. This year sees the tenth anniversary of Tent.

Tent London 2015

Get Involved

Together, Craft Scotland and Emergents will show the work of around 25 makers across a range of disciplines. We are looking for makers whose work is suitable for a design-conscious audience. It should be innovative and appeal to interior designers.

This opportunity is ideal for makers looking to build a client-base of interior designers and architects, and who produce design-led, high-quality craft.

There will be the opportunity to sell work at the show within our dedicated sales area; however the main purpose of the show is to provide makers with a platform to showcase their work and make links with interior designers, architects and press. There will be a range of events and talks that we will be running alongside our showcase and we are keen to hear proposals for this. Any proposals should fit within the theme of Design, Craft and Innovation.

What we will do

Craft Scotland and 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
  • 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 Craft Scotland/Emergents
  • Deliver to and collect your work from the Craft Scotland office, Coburg Street, Edinburgh (where makers are based within 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 within 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 in your own marketing including on your website, CV etc.
  • Provide feedback as requested

Key Dates

5pm Thursday 7 April 2016 - Extended deadline for receipt of applications to Craft Scotland
By Friday 29 April 2016 - Applicants notified of the outcome of their application
w/c 12 September 2016 - Delivery of all work for Tent
8pm to 11pm 22 September 2016 - Tent Private View
22 to 25 September 2016 – Tent open
By 30 September 2016 - 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
  • 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 £25 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
  • Successful makers will be expected to pay a £250 participation fee
  • Craft Scotland/Emergents will take 50% commission on all retail 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 Thursday 7 April 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 29 April 2016.

Members of the selection panel will be:

  • Jimmy MacDonald: Founder & Director, Tent London & Super Brands London
  • Natalie Melton: Co-Founder & Managing Director, The New Craftsmen
  • Jo Scott: Project Manager, Craft Scotland
  • Pamela Conacher: Director, Emergents

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 


Any questions regarding the show or application process should be directed to Jo Scott at or on 0131 466 3870. 

Any questions regarding Highlands and Islands and Moray participation in the show should be directed to Pamela Conacher at or on 07824 388485. 

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