Opportunity: Apply for Collect 2024

Craft Scotland is delighted to announce applications are now open for makers, who produce works of collectable contemporary craft, to be a part of our showcase at Collect 2024.

Craft Scotland is looking for makers who produce works of collectable contemporary craft with a demonstrable in-depth knowledge of materials, excellence in making (process and skill), and artistic vision.

Collect showcases makers who push the boundaries of their practice. The benefits for participating makers are wide-reaching with many makers receiving commissions at the fair, being invited to exhibit with commercial galleries, having work purchased for museum and private collections, and receiving considerable press and social media interest both before and during the fair.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 6 June 2023

For Collect, makers are expected to be categorised within the following materials/disciplines:

  • Art jewellery
  • Ceramics
  • Fibre/textiles
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Lacquer
  • Gold/silversmithing
  • Stone
  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Wood

Makers using digital technologies and modern materials within their work are expected to demonstrate that hand skill and craft knowledge is the lead component in both the concept and finished object.

Applications will not be accepted from makers presenting painting, drawing, graphic design, print making (on paper) or photography.

Individual pieces at Collect are to be sold across a range of price points from a minimum of £500. There is no limit on the maximum price. The average price point of a piece is typically several thousand pounds.

The presence of new and emerging talent is an essential aspect of keeping Collectrelevant and contemporary. We therefore encourage applications from makers who have not previously exhibited at Collect. If you think you might meet the criteria for the fair but would like to find out more, then we have prepared some frequently asked questions (FAQ), which can be found at the end of the application pack.

Additionally, if you are thinking about significantly developing your work in a new direction or making large scale, experimental work and you would like to discuss this in advance of applying, then please do get in touch. We will be holding Collect application surgeries, a 20-minute Zoom call with Jo Scott, Head of Programmes, between 10am and 5:30pm on Tuesday 16 May 2023. Register your place, booking essential as limited availability. Please book one slot only.

Eligibility criteria & selection process

You must:

  • Live and work in Scotland.
  • Produce works of collectable contemporary craft.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of materials, excellence in making (process and skill), and artistic vision.
  • Be categorised within the following materials/disciplines: art jewellery, ceramics, fibre/textiles, furniture, glass, lacquer, gold/silversmithing, stone, leather, paper and wood.
  • Not be represented by another commercial gallery at the fair.

A selection panel appointed by Craft Scotland will meet to review all applications to shortlist a group of makers. These makers are then required to be submitted to the Crafts Council’s Advisory Panel for final sign-off. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early September 2023.

Craft Scotland selection panels are made up of national and international industry professionals, such as curators and producers, alongside members of the Craft Scotland team. Applications will be reviewed by the selection panel against published criteria and they will consider the overall group aesthetic and story.

The Craft Scotland selection panel for Collect 2024 will be confirmed in due course.​

Equal opportunities & access

Craft is culturally significant, essential to our economy and meaningful to our communities. Craft Scotland believes that everyone should have the opportunity to see, enjoy, learn about and participate in craft.

We are committed to equality and opposed to all forms of unfair discrimination. We welcome applications from underrepresented in the cultural sector: including but not limited to makers with lived experience of being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, Refugee, D/deaf, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+.

We welcome applications from makers from all backgrounds.

Fees & costs

Successful makers will be required to pay a participation fee of £250 (this fee is towards the cost of the stand, administration, staffing and marketing/PR). This fee is due in October 2023 and may be paid as a lump sum or in three instalments (£85/October, £85/November and £80/December).

Craft Scotland will take 50% commission on individual sales up to £5,000 and 35% commission on the proportion over £5,000.

Craft Scotland will take 10% commission on sales made up to three months after the fair.

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the online application form.

Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need to gather some documents and information. We recommend you prepare your answers on a separate document before beginning your application form, to make sure you have a backup of your responses.

More information: https://www.craftscotland.org/community/opportunity/apply-collect-2024-craft-scotland

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