Submission Deadlines

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.

Craft Pottery Charitable Trust

Deadline: December 15th every year

Applications must be submitted by 15th December each year. The Trustees meet early the following year and will inform the applicants of the outcome as soon as is possible.

The Trust was set up in 1991.
It makes grants in line with the following criteria:
• awards are made to persons involved in ceramics
• those who are resident in the UK for tax purposes
• the benefit should apply as widely as possible
• to assist in the preparation of books, travel, film, conference attendance and organisation, and other projects relevant to ceramics at the discretion of the Trustees
The Trustees will not support the following:
• grants towards formal education
• student exhibitions
• subsistence and living expenses other than during a period of grant aided travel or conference attendance
• students who are in full time education

The scheme is open to all ceramists, whether or not members of the CPA. The Trust has an annual grant scheme in which awards of up to £1,000 in value are made.  Application guidelines are available from email: to whom applications should be sent.

International Ceramics Studio - Hungary - Artist in Residence

Deadline: Ongoing

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:

If you are interested in making an application please email for further information and an application form.:

Clerkenwell Design Week 19 - 21 May 2015

Deadline: not known

Want to exhibit at one of the worlds key design festivals, placing your brand in front of some of the world's most important and influential industry leaders?

Design Factory at The Farmiloe Building will showcase leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. Alongside some of the most exciting home-grown designer-makers, the show will present a diverse range of the best in international contemporary design.

Please see our Application Form for more information, available on our website -Your application will be considered by the CDW team who we will contact you shortly. Please send your application to

East Sussex Open is Towner's annual open exhibition. 11 July to 20 September 2015.

Deadline: Sunday 1 March 4pm

East Sussex Open is Towner's annual open exhibition that offers the artistic talent of East Sussex - including Brighton & Hove - a chance to showcase their work in one of the South East's biggest exhibition spaces.

Joining our Head of Contemporary Programmes, Sanna Moore, on the 2015 judging panel are guest selectors Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and London-based video artist Saskia Olde Wolbers.

The competition is open to artists and makers over the age of 18 working in any media who live or work in the East Sussex area including Brighton and Hove.
Work entered must have been produced in the last 3 years (i.e. since January 2012).

Download our Application Pack or see our website - Entry Fee £20.For General Information contact:

Made By Hand 2015. 30 October to 1 November 2015.

Deadline: Sunday 6 March

It is with great pleasure to announce that, Made by Hand, in association with The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, is joining forces with Cardiff City Council at Made by Hand , City Hall. This major event, funded by Arts Council of Wales, is part of a portfolio of events organised by Sarah James & Nina Fox. Sarah & Nina also organise the highly acclaimed The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey and founded Made by Hand at Tredegar House.

You don’t have to live in Wales or be Welsh to take part in Made by Hand, though we would like to encourage applications from makers in Wales.

Made by Hand sets very high standards, representing the finest designer makers and artists from Wales and beyond. Selected by an independent panel of judges, Made by Hand is open to makers & artists resident in Britain & Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, stone, plastics, mixed media, leather, recycled material, paper, prints, and sculpture. No musical instruments. Greetings cards may form part of a range but not the sole product.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY to Made by Hand? Made by Hand is open to designer makers & artists resident in the UK and Ireland working to the highest standard in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, stone, leather, recycled materials, paper, printmaking & sculpture. We do not accept musical instruments, paintings, photography, video or installation art. Greetings cards are accepted as part of range but not the sole product.

The application process involves submission of some details about yourself via a simple online application form plus 6 images of your work. Details of picture requirements are below. There is a fee of £15 to apply.

To Apply see website. For General Information contact:

Innovations in Ceramic Art - The Guildhall, Cambridge, 10 - 11 October 2015

Deadline: 6th March 2015

Online Ceramics, in association with the British Craft Potters Association will be holding an exciting new event on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2015 in the Guildhall Cambridge. Titled ‘Innovations in Ceramic Art’ it will feature 50 leading artists who push the boundaries of what can be produced in clay.

Online Ceramics owner, Peter Ward, said ‘this will be a prestigious event in the ceramic calender. Cambridge is a city of innovation with world class scientists constantly making us rethink how we view the universe. What the best ceramic artists have in common is their insatiable appetite to challenge what can be achieved’.

Venue - Innovations in Ceramic Art is being held in the Guildhall, Cambridge. It is situated in the heart of the Cambridge, just a couple of minutes walk from major attractions such as King’s College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum. The venue consists of two halls: The Large Guildhall, which will be reserved exclusively for professional ceramic artists and The Small Guildhall where food and refreshments will be available along with stands by Online Ceramics, Anglia Potters and the Craft Potters Association.

Eligibility - Artists represented by Online Ceramics have automatic entry and will not go through a selection process. 15 Online Ceramics artists have already registered interest in taking part. This will leave space for 35 non-Online Ceramics artists.
Innovations in Ceramic Art is open to all potters, ceramicists, and ceramic artists producing high quality work. As the title of the show indicates, we are keen to feature work by artists that push what can be achieved with clay.
We are particularly keen to hear from artists who want to display ‘one-off’ pieces including work that is freestanding, wall-mounted or installations.

An information pack and Application form for artists interested in taking part is now available, Please email completed form to Peter Ward: you can apply online here. Successful Applications will be notified on 6 April 2015


For more information and to apply please email Peter Ward:

For the main website:

The Art Market YORK, 2 - 4 October 2015

Deadline: 7th March 2015

The Art Market YORK is a three day show taking place at York Racecourse on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015. Set up will be on Thursday 1st October.
We are really excited about this new venue which is spacious and light and has great access and parking for exhibitors and visitors.
As with all our shows, The Art Market YORK will showcase the very best in art, design and contemporary craft for sale and commission plus installations, interactive areas, demonstrations, live music and more. We are delighted to have great support from Visit York who are excited that we are going to be back!

Stand Options:
Bronze - 1x2m - £360
Silver - 1x3m - £490
Gold - 1x4m - £640
Gold Square - 2x2m - £640
Platinum - Over above sizes - Quote on enquiry
All stand prices above include shell scheme where needed and spot lights for three days. Plug sockets are £50 each.

If you would like to take part you can apply online here.

Please also note that the application forms for The Art Market HOLMFIRTH – June 14 and 28 and 22 and 29 November 2015 which are both one day events are now live and you can apply online above as well.

For more information email:

For the main website:

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 8-11 October 2015, Old Granada Studios, Manchester

Deadline: 16 March 2015

The GNCCF is an award winning high profile fair that celebrates the very best of contemporary craft and is regarded as the leading selling event in the north of England. Over 150 of the UK's leading designer makers are selected by an independent panel to showcase and sell their work.

Applications are now invited from both established and new designers, makers and artists working in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, wood, textiles, mixed media, basket-making, product design, furniture, print-making and more.

Please see our Application Form for more information, available on our website. General enquiries for more information to:

Craft Open 2015 (North West England): Platform Gallery, Clitheroe 25th April – 4th July 2015

Deadline: 20 March 2015

Makers from across the northwest are invited to submit their works to be included in this vibrant and eclectic show. Textiles, pottery, wood and furniture, metalwork, glass, print work and jewellery all hang side by side in this celebration of the hand-made.

This exhibition will highlight the wealth of talented craftspeople from across the North West of England. There will be a variety of gift voucher prizes up for grabs, including:
- Selectors' Prize for Innovation, winning an opportunity to showcase in an exhibition at the Platform Gallery in 2015 and a prize of a gift voucher.
- Ribble Valley Prize, for Ribble Valley based residents, also winning an opportunity to showcase in an exhibition at the Platform Gallery in 2015 and a prize of a gift voucher.
- 'People's Choice' prize - public voting for their favourite pieces throughout the exhibition.

Please see our Application Form for more information, available on our website. General enquiries for more information to Stephanie Hibbert (Wednesday - Friday): or Tel. 01200 425566

Salisbury Contemporary Craft and Heritage Festival 4-6 September 2015

Deadline: 27 March 2015

Salisbury’s Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival is open to craft designers and makers resident in the UK and Ireland who work to the highest standard in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mixed media, stone, leather, recycled materials and paper.

‘New’ Craft Designers & Makers
A limited number of spaces are also available (at a subsidised rate) to craft makers and designers who have been in business for less than 1 year. We are doing this because we want to support fledgling careers in the craft industry as well as encourage and promote the wealth of creative talent we have in the UK.

All applications will be reviewed by 3rd April with a firm decision being fed back to all applicants. It is vital therefore that you apply as early as possible after applications open.

General enquiries for more information to:

Go to website for application form:  

British Ceramics Biennial 2015: 26 Sept to 8 Nov 2015

Deadline: 30 March 2015

Applications are now open for the prestigious AWARD exhibition

At the heart of the British Ceramics Biennial, the AWARD exhibition will again be "It is the energetic, non-conformist, challenging spirit we need to encourage. It is the spirit which brought about Stoke-on-Trent's success in the 18thcentury. And the Biennial plays an important part in reviving that culture by bringing in talent, discovering new designers, and forcing us to think on an international scale." Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, writing in Apollo Magazine

The celebrated AWARD exhibition will sit at the centre of the fourth British Ceramics Biennial. In 2015 we will be developing AWARD, with an emphasis on new work, work with little previous exposure, work which projects ceramic practice forward to match the ambition of BCB as a national showcase.

Building on the success and growing reputation of the AWARD exhibition by siting the show at the centre of the programme of exhibitions on the Spode site. A new selection panel chaired by Alun Graves (Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the V&A) will choose 10 artists, giving each exhibitor more space, providing a platform and more focused opportunity for critical appraisal.

A single cash prize of £5,000 will be made together with an offer to the winner to be involved in both the selection process for AWARD 2017 and the subsequent BCB 2017 exhibition programme.

Artists are asked to submit proposals, outlining what work they would seek to present if selected. It is a condition that all work proposed will be current (no more than three years old). We anticipate that many of the artists will propose to make new work for the 2015 exhibition.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see website:

Email for enquiries:

Handmade in Britain 15: The Contemporary Crafts Design Fair Chelsea Old Town Hall, 13 - 15 Nov 2015

Deadline: 31 March 2015

Applications are now available for Handmade in Britain 15: The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair. Apply online now to exhibit as part of this celebration of the very best of British contemporary design and craftsmanship!

Application Selection Applications are now 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, jewellery, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings - please check the application pack for details.

For more information and details on how to apply, please download our application pack:

Email for enquiries:

Residency opportunities at Brisons Veor live/work space

Deadline: 31 March 2015

Applications are invited from creative practitioners in all media for the 2016 residency programme

Brisons Veor is a live/work space at Cape Cornwall in South West England providing low cost self-funded residencies of 1-4 weeks duration.

Please see the website for further information about this unique studio and to download an application form at:

Email for enquiries:

Our mailing address is: Sara Bowler, Trust Administrator, Brisons Veor Charitable Trust +44(0)1326 212709

MADE LONDON, The Design and Craft Fair. 22nd - 25th October

Deadline: 31 March 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Applications are invited to exhibit at MADE LONDON at ONE Marylebone, NW1 4AQ

Over three years MADELONDON has grown to become the definitive event for designer-makers creating high quality original work. We attract a large and enthusiastic crowd of visitors to the event including journalists, shop & gallery owners/buyers, craft collectors as well as lots of visitors buying work for themselves or as presents.
This year we have added an extra day to the show at (almost) no extra cost to exhibitors - the show will run for 4 days with a Private View Party on Thursday Evening.

We welcome applications from individual makers, groups or galleries. Our main focus is on makers selling work direct to the public. There is an application fee of £18 payable on submission of the form. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is 31 March 2015.

Email for enquiries:

Our mailing address is: Tutton and Young Ltd, 24 Windsor Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2LX. United Kingdom

MADE BRIGHTON, The Design and Craft Fair. 19-22 November 2015

Deadline: 31 March 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Applications are invited to exhibit at MADE BRIGHTON at Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange, Brighton

MADE BRIGHTON celebrates its 10th year in 2015! It’s the city’s annual contemporary craft and design fair taking place in the beautiful Corn Exchange at The Dome.
Over 5500 visitors attend, the majority of whom return year on year knowing that the work on show won’t disappoint.
a selling event, offering the public the opportunity to buy original and exceptional pieces of craft and design direct from the best local and national makers and has become firmly established as a friendly, accessible and top quality show.

Please apply for this year’s event by filling out the form. Please make sure you read this information sheet first as it contains stand sizes, prices and all the information you need about the show. There is an application fee of £18 payable on submission of the form. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is 31 March 2015.

Email for enquiries:

Our mailing address is: Tutton and Young Ltd, 24 Windsor Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2LX. United Kingdom

WINDSOR CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR - 13th – 15th November 2015

Deadline: none as such - first come..first served

Stand bookings are now being taken The 11th Windsor Contemporary Art Fair at Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ

Download Exhibitor Information Pack, Stand Prices, Booking Form, Stand Layout, A Useful Check List, Terms & Conditions. There is a separate attachment of the Booking Form that can be filled in on line. - We would suggest printing off the contents of the attachments for future reference.

If you have not exhibited with us before, please email at least three examples of your work prior to making a booking.

Emailed or verbal reservations are accepted but the deposit and booking form must follow within two weeks otherwise the stand will be released. We very much hope you will be able to join us for this year's event. Please call us with any queries.

For more information and details on how to apply, please request an information pack:

Contacts: Sarah McAllister and Deborah James.
Email for enquiries:

Lustre 2015: 6 to 8 Nov 2015

Deadline: 24 April 2015

The contemporary Craft Market at Nottingham Lakeside Arts has announced that applications are now open for Lustre 2015.

Each year in November, Lakeside is delighted to host Lustre, a prestigious event in the contemporary craft calendar. Featuring top quality work by selected UK designer/makers, this is a key diary date for anyone interested in discovering unique pieces. It's the perfect buying opportunity for festive shoppers and serious collectors alike.

During this special weekend at Lakeside you'll find over 65 of the country's finest contemporary craft makers, selling everything from fine jewellery, bags and hats to ceramics, glass and tableware. Each maker is selected by a panel of experts for the quality and uniqueness of the craft.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see website:

Email for enquiries:

Handmade at Kew: 8 to 11 October 2015

Deadline: 30 April 2015 (6.00pm)

Handmade in Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are pleased to announce the launch of a new international craft show, Handmade at Kew. Taking place in October 2015 this is an exciting new consumer event for Contemporary Crafts at the prestigious UNESCO world heritage site, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The show offers makers an inspiring location to exhibit exquisite work of high quality, tradition and heritage to a discerning audience.

This unique collaboration between Handmade in Britain and Kew draws on a wealth of event experience within the sector and an extended network of supporters, advisors and partnerships to deliver an exciting new addition to the craft calendar.

Please see the Information Pack from the website link below and applications can be submitted online. The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 30th April 2015.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see website:

Email for enquiries:

British Ceramics Biennial 2015: 26 Sept to 8 Nov 2015

Deadline: 6 July 2015

Applications are now open for the prestigious FRESH exhibition

The Fresh exhibition is so much more than a collective graduate show; it is about representing our education, about being present and creating a presence in the ceramics field." Helen Felcey, Manchester School of Art, NACHE executive and chair of Fresh 2015 selection panel

The acclaimed FRESH show will be one of the main exhibitions at the fourth British Ceramics Biennial.

Graduates (BA, MA) of UK higher education universities and colleges who graduated in 2014 or 2015 are invited to apply for the BCB FRESH 2015 - a prestigious exhibition that celebrates the emerging talent in contemporary British ceramics, in the context of its long history in Stoke-on-Trent.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see website:

Email for enquiries: