Exhibition opportunities at Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Information about current ways to exhibit craft work at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen - and links to other craft opportunity listings. Call our Exhibitions team on 01626 832223 for more informaton. Scroll down (mobile) or see RH column for Members' exhibition information... 

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Current  opportunities

PROOF (18 January – 8 March 2020)
Proof, argument or sufficient evidence for the truth of a proposition.
In this time of global political and environmental unrest and change, as we become more mindful about gender, age, mental health and climate change and as we move into a new decade we are asking printmakers to respond to this theme:
This is an opportunity to have a voice; have your say; set out your ‘manifesto’ for the coming decade.  What would you like to pledge to change or do for the world? Or what question would you like to pose to the world if you could? Your proposition can be ambitious, gutsy or personal and intimate. They can be addressing the world, your generation, your locality, yourself. Or you could choose to represent and speak on behalf of a group or organisation.
We have chosen print as an art form as it is about verbal content, the notion of language and creative expression. We are interested in what you have to say and we are also interested in how you express yourselves creatively; how you consider the format, how you handle the space around the letters. 
Submission Criteria
Please send up to 5 images at low res along with a CV & artist statement
Please email laura.wasley@crafts.org.uk and label images with your name
Can be a collection up to 6 prints within a set.
Digital submissions will be assessed by a panel who select a range of work
Shortlisted artists will need to send the original hand printed artwork
Artwork can be framed or unframed
The work must be genuine, reproduction prints are not accepted
If selected there will be an opportunity to sell limited edition prints
Submission Deadline
21st October 2019
Submission Deadline: 21st October 2019
Selection Process: 4th November 2019
Delivery of Work by: 6th January 2020
Private View: 17th January 2020, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 18th January – 8th March 2020
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
is the leading contemporary craft venue in the south west, recognised for the quality of our exhibitions and learning programme. We run a full exhibitions programme throughout the year at our Devon base, and tour exhibitions regionally and nationally. As a membership organisation we support over 300 professional makers from across the south west to develop their creative practice. Our education outreach programme seeks to reach communities who have limited access to creative opportunities.
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Other local opportunities

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Craft Festival 2020 - Celebrating Craft from across Europe
June 12-14, 2020

Applications are open for the multi award-winning Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey. Craft Festival hosts multiple prestigious craft events in South West England and South Wales. Craft Festival Bovey Tracey is our Flagship Festival and is one of the UK’s largest and most loved craft events, hosting 200 diverse and talented makers of contemporary craft selling directly to over 10,000 people. The Festival includes StartUP, a specially curated area for businesses in the early stages of their career.
To celebrate our wider European creative community, this year, as well as opening Craft Festival to makers based in the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we are, for the first time, extending a warm welcome to makers living and working in the European Union.
You will be working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled materials and paper. No paintings, photography or musical instruments. Greetings cards are only accepted as part of a range, not the sole product. Full criteria is on our website. The Festival is selected by an independent panel of industry professionals. 
The festival is set in a marquee village in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon, England, with excellent transport links via road, train and air.  Our additional on-site educational programme includes demonstrations by leading craft practitioners and workshops for all ages. 

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE : The Contemporary Craft Festival, 6pm Friday 29th November 2019
ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE : StartUP, 6pm Friday January 24th 2020
Online applications only: www.craftfestival.co.uk/Apply/
Enquiries: hello@craftfestival.co.uk

Contact: Nina Fox / Made by Hand Events

Past opportunities

CALL OUT - UK craft makers:  MAKE 2019 - Contemporary Crafts for Christmas

Open to any UK-based contemporary craftsperson or designer-maker. Deadline: MONDAY 1 JULY

Click here to view Application Information...

A Good Age: Change in my Time 5 craft commissions £2500 ea. Autumn 2019

Deadline NOW OVER:  INFORMATION: 'A Good Age' pdf. information / how to apply

Methods Making Madness: Young Photographers Competition. Guild exhibition: 2019


#MMM19 Instagram: @methodsmakingmadness  Deadline NOW OVER.

Contact Us

Fill in our Enquiry Form to find out more about Devon Guild exhibition and other opportunities.

Call: 01626 832223

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

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Devon Guild Members exhibition information 2019

The full Summer Show 2019 guidelines are now ready, along with other information for Members' including education input, prizes, selling and statements - also Riverside Gallery and Showcase Guide. See below:

Download: Members General Exhibition Guide 2019

Find other craft opportunities

The cultural hub for Torquay & the South Hams - CREATIVE TORBAY gathers arts opportunities & jobs on its wesbite

The national VOLUNTARY ARTS HUB also provides lists of funding bodies

The Cornish based KEAP organisation sends out regular notices of events & exhibiting opportunities

BENCHPEG (UK) lists current commisisoning & job opportuntities for jewellery designers

National calls for exhibitors in art, craft and design as well as jobs, commissions and residencies - are listed regularly on the ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND website

The online craft sales portal 'Made By Hand' also has and Job & Opportunites page here https://explore.madebyhandonline.com/jobs-and-opportunities/

Register on the a-n (Artists Newsletter) website to view regular UK art and design exhibition & jobs opportunities: 

UK and international Arts exhibition and residency opportunities are listed regularly through ARTSJOBS.com


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