This Section gives last dates for applying to fairs and other ceramic events, grants, residences etc. To submit notifications for events to be added to these pages contact: . It may be worth contacting the event/award if you are a few days late to submit as sometimes they are prepared to be forgiving.
The trustees invite applicants to apply for the Annual Grant Scheme. The closing date for the Trust grant scheme is usually 15 December in each year, but applicants should check exact dates with Liz Gale.
The scheme is open to all ceramists, whether or not members of the CPA. The Trust has two main grant schemes; an annual grant scheme in which awards of up to £1,000 in value are made and a £500 bursary scheme for new graduate makers. Guidelines for applicants are available from email: or send a stamped addressed enelope to: Liz Gale, Secretary to the Craft Pottery Charitable Trust, Taplands Farm Cottage, Webbs Green, Soberton, Southhampton, SO32 3PY
The ICS Artist-in-residence program allows artists to work in the context of a different country and culture.
The Artist in Residence Programme provides artists with the space to create new works, experiment with innovative ideas and research new and different ways of making. Artists are encouraged to explore all our facilities to open up new possibilities and directions for the contemporary ceramicist.
The program is open to all artists who wish to work independently on their own projects. Artists may use the residency to accomplish a specific project or to work in a creative and supportive atmosphere alongside other international ceramic artists.
On average the are up to ten artists in residence at the ICS at any one time. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with the other artists but enough space to be quiet and reflective.
Making an application for the Artist in Residence Programme: There is no application deadline and applications will be considered throughout the year. We require slides, photographs or digital images on cd or by email, accompanyied by a current CV (Resumé) and biography. A brief outline of your intended work during your residency would be helpful for us to consider your application. Please give us an indication of your preferred dates for your residency.
See the website for more detail: www.icshu.org/residency.html
If you are interested in making an application please email for further information and an application form.:
Promotion: The promotional program begins six months prior to the fair and builds steadily towards April to gain the optimum exposure. • Local and national magazines, arts press and newspapers. • Coverage on local radio • Promotion from our chosen media sponsor Berkshire Media group, which includes The Reading Chronicle and Royal Observer. • On line and social media. • Listings on relevant websites with links where appropriate. • Leaflet distribution to thousands of local residents, organisations and other relevant venues further afield. • Private View invites to just over 5000. • A comprehensive road sign campaign to include high profile street banners/signs and posters. • 2for1 tickets distributed to companies, groups and arts organisations. • Targeted mailing to our database of buyers and previous visitors. • Targeted mailing to trade buyers, arts professionals, local VIPs and businesses. We will again be offering the first 500 visitors a free calico goody bag. As with each of the fairs – RCAF and WCAF – we use a different image from an exhibiting artist to feature on one side of the bag. If you would like to submit a design for consideration for the RCAF 2015 bag we would need this by end of Jan 2015. The image is printed in one colour and line drawn pictures work best. The successful artist will have the opportunity to insert promotional material in the bags. All exhibitors are listed on the art fair website as soon as they book and a link made to their own site. A reciprocal link would be appreciated.
for more information email: or
Phone: +44 (0)1753 591892
Sarah McAllister and Deborah James Organisers - 26 Eton Road, Datchet, Berks SL3 9AY
Potfest in the Pens 2015 ( Return your form, images and cheque asap.)
The unselected, first come first served, system unique to the Pens seems to be the fairest for everyone but it does have it's drawbacks. It mean that the show can fill very quickly. Last year it happened particularly fast and as a result the Pens was fully booked by November 8th with a waiting list in place. Post back by post office normal mail ( not recorded delivery or email). Enclose your cheque and up to a max. of 6 images (jpeg or tiff, all titled with your name, also mark or label the image CD with your name )
Potfest in the Park 2015 (Application deadline Dec. 24th)
All applicants will be contacted in the new year re allocation of the 100 places available. Post back by post office normal mail ( not recorded delivery or email). Send a max. of 6 images (jpeg or tiff, all titled with your name, also mark or label the image CD with your name ). If you would like a place at the Pens if your application for the Park is unsuccessful, then send applications for both shows together, marked 1st choice & 2nd choice
Potfest Scotland 2015 (Application deadline Dec. 24th)
All applicants will be contacted in the new year re allocation of the 70 places available. Post back by post office normal mail ( not recorded delivery or email). Send a max. of 6 images (jpeg or tiff, all titled with your name, also mark or label the image CD with your name )
ABOUT OUR SHOWS
Potfest in the Pens
When it started 20 years ago Potfest was seen as a radical, anti-establishment idea ( without selection and in a cattle shed ). For newer potters, who weren't around at the time, it appears to be the norm and an integral part of ceramics in the UK today - but the Pens is still the only truly egalitarian event we know of. Making a career in ceramics isn't just a question of developing skills. To be sustainable requires sales - to achieve sales requires access to an audience. Potfest in the Pens delivers that audience - no selection procedure, no vetting, no juries, no application fees. Any potter trying to make a living from the sale of their work can take part no matter what stage of their development. The general public decide what they'll buy - who they'll support. The cattle market was a deliberate choice as a venue - pottery without the bull**** ( mostly ) It was the largest undercover building we could find to allow space for as many exhibitors as possible - No glamour or glitz, just potters and their public together on neutral ground. Don't dismiss this show because it is unselected. That's its strength and what makes it special. Many potters now of international repute started out here and many still do it.
Potfest in the Park
Potfest in the Park is our showcase - it's about the potters, and the work that they're developing that we, personally, find the most interesting. Choosing the exhibitors is purely subjective on our part - our task is to make the most visually stimulating day we can. To this end - the architecture of the house, the gardens and grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest play a major role, and the competition pieces displayed on the lawns are a very important, integral part of the show. We see the Park as a theatrical production rather than just another "potters market" and hope that the audience and the exhibitors find it as visually exciting as we do. The work on display is of the highest quality, the ceramic artists amongst the best in Europe. Each year up to 25% of the exhibitors come from outside the UK to make it a truly international event. All are well respected, established makers with a very distinctive style - many with international reputations. Each year we change at least 20% of the exhibitors to keep the show dynamic - but never compromise the quality of the show. ( 100 exhibitors. )
Showcasing ceramics in the centre of Scotland - where the Highlands meet the Lowlands at the ancient centre of the kingdom - Scone Palace. Like the original Potfest it started in the cattle pens of Perth mart, but like the Park it's now set in marquees on the lawns in front of the Palace - the ancient home of the Stone of Destiny where Scottish kings were once crowned. This is the biggest ceramics festival in Scotland. (70 exhibitors)
For more information email Geoff or Chris: MYADVICE: BE VERY QUICK IF YOU WANT TO GET IN!!!
Apply for the fifth edition of Clay2Day that will take place on 2nd and 3rd of May 2015 at the Olmenhorst in Lisserbroek.
Application closes 31st December. Please apply via the website or email for more information:
As always Keramisto takes place near Milsbeek. It is an open air event and there is a stall with plastic cover for every participant. The size of the table is 4m x 1m. Participation costs € 135,- + 21% VAT = € 163,35. Only professional potters are admitted.
Your work is not insured by NLPC, although it will be watched by guards on the night of Saturday to Sunday.
For 2015 it is only possible to sign up digitally , trusting that it goes smoothly this time. It is easy , go to www.keramisto.nl and click : REGISTRATION 2015 fill in the form and join a short cv ,4 pictures of your recent work and one of yourself.
Don't close the webpage until you get a confirmation that your subscribtion was successful.
Subscription is possible until 15 january 2015. Take care that your pictures are not to big . Sending big pictures was the main reason for problemes in the past. If you don't know how to make your pictures smaller :you can download a simple program 'Image Resizer'.
Within 5 weeks after closing date we will give you an answer. In case you are selected we ask you to send one picture in bigger size that we can use for publicity .
Keramisto is the biggest and most important annual ceramic market in Holland. There will be potters from all over Europe signing in . There are one hundred places available. A choice will have to be made. Please don’t take a rejection as personal.
Please email for more information to:
The West Dean Design and Craft Fair took place for the first time last June, in perfect weather and in the perfect setting of West Dean College, in the heart of the South Downs just north of Chichester. The show was a great success with 5000+ paying visitors through the doors over 3 days. It will return again (slightly) bigger and better this year from 19th - 21st June.
The West Dean Design and Craft Fair is a collaboration between West Dean College and MADE.
We (MADE) are organising a high quality designer/makers fair for about 100 contemporary exhibitors. The exhibition area will be in the College’s workshops and 2 temporary pavilions in the courtyard and lawns.
As well as the selling exhibition there will be a number of hands on taster workshops in art and craft (at a low additional fee); arts and craft demonstrations; and a range of catering (more details will follow). Visitors to the show will also gain free entry to the award-winning West Dean Gardens at the peak of their loveliness.
We are seeking applications from designer/makers (including printmakers and textile artists) to exhibit at the show. All exhibitors will have a white painted shell and lighting as is usual at MADE events).
We are also encouraging exhibitors to take part in the programme of talks, workshops and demonstrations (you'll get paid for this and we will arrange cover of your stand whilst you are away for an hour or so).
The application period is short as we want the maximium period to prepare for and publicise the show. Please apply as soon as you can - deadline for applications is 16 January
Email for more information:
If you'd like to apply please go to the website: www.westdean.org.uk/events/DesignandCraftFair/Application2015.aspx
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2015: The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials.
There is no age limit, applicants will be judged on the quality of their work, and the ability of the award to make beneficial impact on their practice and future development.
The financial award to assist in the production of a new body of work is £8,000, made in 3 payments over the course of the year, at the end of which there will be a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery.
The selection panel for the 2015/16 award is:
Laurence Sillars: Chief Curator of the Baltic, Gateshead
Richard Wilson: British sculptor
Kate Lyddon: Winner of the 2014/15 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award
Rebecca Scott: Chair of the trustees of the Mark Tanner Foundation
The application fee is £16.00
Applicants must be established residents of the UK.
NB: We can now accept applications from artists based in the whole of the UK. Students in current education are not eligible to apply.
This does not apply to research students working towads an MPhil, MRes, PhD, MLitt or equivalent.
Interviews will be held at Standpoint on Tuesday 10 February
Email for more information:
All applications will be via an online submission, available via our website: www.standpointlondon.co.uk/mtsa/index.php
Handmade in Britain are thrilled to announce a brand new international opportunity to exhibit as part of a group stand at Vivre Côté Sud, France in June 2015.
This prestigious open-air event in Aix-en-Provence, a town rich in cultural and architectural heritage is the perfect opportunity for makers looking to explore international markets. With 23,000+ trade and retail visitors over four days, this is an opportunity really not to be missed!
Applications are welcome from makers who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, and who work in the following disciplines: Fashion design & accessories, Interior design & accessories, glass, textiles, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings.
Please see our Application Pack for more information, available on our website - The deadline for applications is 31st January 2015.
A new partner event for Ceramic Art London which is recognised as the most exciting contemporary showcase of current ceramic art, with exhibitors drawn from the UK, Europe and worldwide. This new event is taking place to mark the opening of the new Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery.
Ceramicists interested in exhibiting at Ceramic Art York 2015 are now invited to apply for selection for this prestigious event.
Ceramic Art York offers ceramicists a unique opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a prestigious central York location and provides exhibitors with an invaluable opportunity to reach new audiences and to network with established collectors and gallery owners.
Ceramic Art York will represent the best in contemporary studio ceramics, with the selected work exhibited in a specially commissioned exhibition pavilion in the beautiful surroundings of York Museum Gardens.
Ceramic Art York is a major selling fair and exhibition targeted at an enthusiastic and art-loving public. A daily programme of talks, discussions, demonstrations and films – by well-known figures in the ceramics world – is included to attract a wide spectrum of collectors, ceramics enthusiasts and to establish new audiences.
Ceramic artists from the United Kingdom and worldwide are invited to apply for stands at Ceramic Art York 2015.
If you would like to download detailed Exhibitor Information and complete an online Application Form, please click the links below:
For more information/submissions form email:
The Online Ceramics Gallery, in association with the Craft Potters Association will be holding a major ceramic art show. We are looking for 50 leading artists who would be interested in showing their work. Prices for stands have not been finalised. We are particularly keen to hear from ceramicists specialising in one-off works.
Please email your expression of interest to:
The European Prize for Applied Arts is organized by the WCC•BF, in partnership with the City Mons and the WCC-Europe. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.
The competition is focused on artists working in the field of applied arts and design-led crafts and living in a European country (including the countries that are not part of the EU).
By “design-led crafts“, the organizers mean all work designed and made by the designer himself, either one-of-a-kind pieces or small series products. Applications with work produced by industrial means will not be admitted to the competition. The pieces chosen for the exhibition will be of a high standard in artistic & technical skill and demonstrate originality and innovation.
All craft disciplines are admitted (ceramics, glass, textile, jewellery, wood, paper, furniture, accessories, etc.)
Pieces submitted for the competition must be recent (produced after the 1st January 2013).
The European Prize consists of three categories:
• The “Master Prize”, Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonia- Brussels : money prize of 3,500 Euros that will be awarded to the author of a masterpiece (age 36 or over on 1st July 2015)
• The “Young Talent Prize“, Prize of the World Crafts Council-Europe : money prize of 3,000 Euros that will be awarded to a young artist (age 35 or under on 1st July 2015)
• The “Mons 2015 Prize“, money prize of 3,500 euros, that will be awarded to an artist showing innovation in the making process of his works.
The selected works will be exhibited from 24th October 2015 until 10th January 2016, at the Grand Hall of the Anciens abattoirs of the City Mons (Belgium).
15th February 2015: Deadline for submission of the complete application to the WCC-BF
Please email for more information to Suzanne Papier : firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms download from thé website: www.wcc-bf.org/evenement/prix-européen-des-arts-appliqués-2015-appel-à-candidature