For Exhibitors

About the GNCCF

In addition to the award winning GNCCF in Manchester we are delighted to announce the launch of two new summer shows GNCCF Sheffield & GNCCF Newcastle, as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

GNCCF Manchester

11-14 October 2018, Upper Campfield Market, Manchester

GNCCF Sheffield

27-29 July 2018, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

GNCCF Newcastle 

23-24 June 2018, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Apologies - we are having some technical issues with the on line application form. We hope to have these fixed over the weekend and the form will now go live on January 25th when you will be able to apply. We thank you for your patience.

GNCCF Manchester

The award-winning GNCCF is the longest running contemporary craft fair in the North and is well regarded by designer makers, and a much anticipated event in Manchester's cultural calendar. It features 150 exhibitors and attracts 6000 visitors over the course of 4 days.  It takes place in a Victorian market hall, Upper Campfield Market, a hidden gem, just off Deansgate, Manchester's main thoroughfare, and directly opposite the Hilton Hotel in the city's landmark Beetham Tower. 

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Owned by Manchester City Council, Upper Campfield Market Hall hosts many cultural and food events, and is one of the main venues for Manchester International Festival. It is heated and well lit and retains many original features including a grand metal girded and glass roof.

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The GNCCF will also feature artist demos and the Great Northern Graduate Showcase. There will be a cafe on site and the venue is surrounded by trendy cafe bars and restaurants.  

GNCCF Manchester will consist of white plywood exhibition stands.

The venue is easily accessible, just a 3 min walk from Deansgate train and tram station and a five minute walk from the main shopping centre. There re may car parks within 3 mins walk. Access for unloading/breakdown is straightforward - exhibitors can park around the rear and side of the venue to unload, then move their cars to one of the nearby public car parks.  

There are many hotels to cater for all budgets within walking distance, from the YHA 5 mins away to the Hilton across the road. The Deansgate Locks Premier Inn is 10 mins walk away.  

GNCCF Sheffield

GNCCF Sheffield is a brand new Summer show hosted in partnership with Making Ways, a Sheffield based organisation. It will take place in the contemporary setting of the Millennium Gallery, opposite the railway station, and will feature 75 exhibitors.

GNCCF Sheffield will consist of white plywood exhbition stands.

Making Ways are offering up to 10 bursaries for emergent Sheffield-based designer-makers to enable them to have a stand at the GNCCF Sheffield. To be eligible designer-makers must be in the first three years of their creative development and/or of graduating.

GNCCF Newcastle - part of the Great Exhibition of the North


GNCCF Newcastle will be produced in partnership with The Biscuit Factory as part of The Great Exhibition of the North and will take place at the Biscuit Factory, an award-wining independent commercial gallery in Newcastle.  It will feature 50 exhibitors and will be a selected table top fair.  Priority will be given to Northern based makers, particularly those from the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria, the Borders, Northumberland & North West.

 

Eligibility

Applications are NOW OPEN for GNCCF Manchester and our new summer shows GNCCF Sheffield and GNCCF Newcastle ( as part of the Great Exhibition of the North).

 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: MIDNIGHT 28th FEBRUARY 2018.

We welcome applications from designers, makers and artists working in ceramics, jewellery, glass, basket-making, silver and metal smithing, book-making, paper, stationary, wood, plastics, mixed media, furniture, fashion textiles and accessories, fashion design, shoe design, millinery, interior textiles and home-wares, product design and print making. 

We do not accept painting, drawing, graphic design, photography or greeting card makers, nor do we accept hand-made candles or soaps and toiletries.

We welcome applications from new and established makers and offer a discount for new makers who have been in business 3 years or less.

For GNCCF Sheffield, there will be a limited number of bursaries for emergent artists based in Sheffield.  Please see application guidelines and exhibition package costs for further details.

Applications must be from the designer-maker and work must not be mass produced. We do not accept imported goods, not made by yourself.

We welcome applications from both UK and international makers.

Interested in demonstrating your craft?

We are also interested to hear from makers who would like to demonstrate their craft as well as sell.  Please complete this section of the on-line application form.

Selection for GNCCF Manchester, GNCCF Sheffield & GNCCF Newcastle

Applications now open.  Closing date is midnight 28th February.

Please complete the on-line application form and read the guidelines and eligibility information.

The GNCCFs are selected shows. During the selection process all six of your images will be projected simultaneously onto a screen. The selection panel will decide which exhibitors are chosen for each show. The panel is made up of 4 craft experts and changes annually.

There will be a reserve list of exhibitors, who will be contacted should additional space become available.

All applicants will be notified of the results of the panel's decision by 31st March.

 

Exhibition Package Costs

Details for all GNCCF Manchester, GNCCF Sheffield and GNCCF Newcastle are below - please scroll down to each show

GNCCF Manchester

For a new maker (in business for less than 3 years), the standard exhibition package based on a stand 2m wide by 1.5m deep ie 3sqm: £375+VAT  = £450

for an established maker (in business 3 years or more), the standard exhibition package based on a stand  2m wide by 1.5m deep ie 3sqm:  £475 +VAT = £570

We also offer the following exhibition packages and whilst we will do our best to accommodate your request we cannot guarantee availability:

3x1m stand: New maker cost £375+VAT; establiished maker cost £475+VAT

3X1.5m stand: New maker cost £485+VAT =£582; established maker £585 +VAT=£702

4X1m stand: New maker cost £450+ VAT= £540; established maker £550+ VAT=£660

4x1.5m stand: New maker cost £590+VAT=£708; established maker £690+VAT=£828.

Alumni of the Crafts Council's Hothouse Programme from cohorts 5,6 and 7 are eligible to apply for a 2x1m stand in the Hothouse Showcase at the reduced rate of £250+VAT =£300

Please select your preferred stand size from the drop down menu on the application form which details the above exhibtion packages and respective costs. 

Additional costs:

  • Electrical sockets, extra lighting (over and above the 2 spotlights provided as part of the package) can be ordered at an extra cost via the electrical contractors. Order before Sept 1st powerpoint costs £32; cost of extra spot light is £24. After this date cost for powerpoint is £40 and for spotlight £30. PAT testing costs £10 for first item and £5 for subequent items.
  • Furniture hire. Please note we do not supply tables, chairs or display furniture as part of the package. Plinths and shelving can be hired from the exhibition hire company at an extra cost.

 Total costs include:

  • white plywood exhibition stand (can drill and hang work from walls)
  • 2 spotlights
  • fascia board with your name
  • image, 15 word description, email and website in full colour show catalogue which is included in show entrance fee
  • 6 images,40- 50 word description, email and website link on GNCCF website
  • exhibitor profile with images on our social media platforms ( facebook, twitter etc). Views of GNCCF Facebook of over 50k/week (source Facebook analytics) and over 500k/week account impressions of GNCCF Twitter ( source: Tweetreach analytics). 
  • show promotion via our newsletter sent to over 10,000
  • exhibitor storage area
  • 4 complimentary tickets to show and or Preview
  • 24 hr security
  • helpers for set up and breakdown
  • on site easy access temporary parking for set up and breakdown
  • extensive national and regional press and promotion campaign, with particular emphasis on maker profiles and images of work
  • printed and digital promotional materials to send to your networks
  • exhibitor awards

POP UP STUDIOS FOR MAKER DEMONSTRATIONS:

We are also interested to hear from makers who would like to demonstrate their craft as well as sell.  Please complete this section of the applicaation form. Free extra space may apply at organiser's discretion.

PAYMENT TERMS 

If offered a space, exhibitors must confirm their acceptance with a deposit of £150 by 31st March 2018. Once paid this acceptance payment will not be refunded. You will then be invoiced and the balance will be paid in two instalments, the first due by 31st May 2018 and the final one by 31st July 2018. Please refer to our terms and conditions for our payment terms and refund of stand fees policy, should you withdraw you application once you have accepted your space at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

For GNCCF Sheffield

For a new maker (in business for less than 3 years):

2x1m stand: £200+VAT = £240

2x1.5m stand: £275+VAT = £330

For an established maker (in business 3 years or more):

2x1m stand: £250+VAT = £300

2x1.5m stand: £350+VAT = £420

Making Ways, our show partner, are offering up to 10 bursaries for emergent Sheffield-based designer-makers to enable them to have a stand at the GNCCF Sheffield. To be eligible designer-makers must be in the first three years of their creative development and/or of graduating. If you wish to be considered for a bursary please tick the box on the application form.

Additional costs:

  • Electrical sockets, extra lighting (over and above the 2 spotlights provided as part of the package) can be ordered at an extra cost via the electrical contractors. Order before June 30th powerpoint costs £32; cost of extra spot light is £24. After this date cost for powerpoint is £40 and for spotlight £30. PAT testing costs £10 for first item and £5 for subequent items.
  • Furniture hire. Please note we do not supply tables, chairs or display furniture as part of the package. Plinths and shelving can be hired from the exhibition hire company at an extra cost.

 Total costs include:

  • white plywood exhibition stand (can drill and hang work from walls)
  • 2 spotlights
  • fascia board with your name
  • image, 15 word description, email and website in full colour show catalogue which is included in show entrance fee
  • 6 images,40- 50 word description, email and website link on GNCCF website
  • exhibitor profile with images on our social media platforms ( facebook, twitter etc). Views of GNCCF Facebook of over 50k/week (source Facebook analytics) and over 500k/week account impressions of GNCCF Twitter ( source: Tweetreach analytics). 
  • show promotion via our newsletter sent to over 10,000
  • exhibitor storage area
  • 4 complimentary tickets to show and or Preview
  • 24 hr security
  • helpers for set up and breakdown
  • on site easy access temporary parking for set up and breakdown
  • extensive national and regional press and promotion campaign, with particular emphasis on maker profiles and images of work
  • printed and digital promotional materials to send to your networks

 

PAYMENT TERMS 

If offered a space, exhibitors must confirm their acceptance with a deposit of £150 by 31st March 2018. Once paid this acceptance payment will not be refunded. You will then be invoiced and the balance will be paid by 31st May 2018. Please refer to our terms and conditions for our payment terms and refund of stand fees policy, should you withdraw you application once you have accepted your space at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

For GNCCF Newcastle at the Great Exhibition of the North


This is a smaller table top event.  The cost for both new and established makers is £150 +VAT or £165 +VAT including 1800x750 size table hire.  The package also includes:

  • 4 images,40- 50 word description, email and website link on GNCCF website
  • promotion through our  social media platforms ( facebook, twitter etc). Views of GNCCF Facebook of over 50k/week (source Facebook analytics) and over 500k/week account impressions of GNCCF Twitter ( source: Tweetreach analytics). 
  • show promotion via our newsletter 
  • show promotion through Great Exhibition of the North and The Biscuit Factory
  • exhibitor storage area
  • 24 hr security
  • helpers for set up and breakdown
  • on site easy access temporary parking for set up and breakdown
  • digital promotional materials to send to your networks

PAYMENT TERMS 

If offered a space, exhibitors must confirm their acceptance with a deposit of £100 by 31st March 2018. Once paid this acceptance payment will not be refunded. You will then be invoiced and the balance will be paid by 31st May 2018. Please refer to our terms and conditions for our payment terms and refund of stand fees policy, should you withdraw you application once you have accepted your space at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

Application Fees

For GNCCF Manchester : £15

For GNCCF Sheffield: £10

For GNCCF Newcastle: £5

To apply for all shows: £25

To apply for GNCCF Manchester & GNCCF Sheffield: £20

To apply for GNCCF Manchester & GNCCF Newcastle: £20

To apply for GNCCF Sheffield & GNCCF Newcastle: £20

You will be prompted to pay the application fee  on completion of the on line application when you will be redirected PayPal. The application form will not be submitted without this payment. This fee is non-refundable. It will go towards covering the administration costs for processing the applications and the selection procedure.

Application Guidelines

Applications are now open and close midnight 28th Feb 2018.

PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES BEFORE APPLYING

The application form is for applying to one or all of our 2018 shows. In addition to the 11th edition of GNCCF Manchester from 11-14 October, we are also hosting two summer shows  - GNCCF Newcastle  as part of the Great Exhibition of the North) 23-24 June and GNCCF Sheffield 27-29 July.  For more details please refer to "About GNCCF" in Show Info/For exhibitors drop down menu.

The application form must be completed in full and submitted on-line. If you wish to apply for more than one show you only need to complete the application form once. On completion of the form you will be directed to PayPal to process your application fee(s).  

When you click on apply now you will be asked to register with your name and email address. Once you have registered you will be directed to a link to the application form. Please note you will also receive this link by email.  If you complete the application form through the former registration link you do not need to click again on the link in the email. You will be notified on screen when your application and payment have been submitted. Please do not complete another form via the email if you have already completed the form on registering!

The form is simple to complete and you can save it and return to it at a later date - however we advise that you upload your images all in one go.  

If you have problems uploading images check that each image is under 3MB in size and that they are labelled with the suffix .jpeg. or .jpg.

PLEASE REFER TO "IMAGES AND COYRIGHT SECTION" FOR FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING YOUR IMAGES BEFORE SELECTING AND UPLOADING YOUR IMAGES.

You will need the following information in order to complete the application form.

INFORMATION FOR ORGANISERS USE ONLY: (These will not be published)

Personal details: name and contact details.  Description of the work featured in your images, including dimension, retail price. 

WEBSITE PROFILE:

DESCRIPTION: You will need to write a max of 50 words to describe you and your work to be written in the third person ie. Ann-Marie is a ceramicist and works from her studio in Manchester.  You could include details of materials, techniques, inspiration, your background, where you work from, any importants awards or commissions . This will be published on the website so needs to be grammatically correct. People who engage with your story are more likely to buy from you.

PERSONAL DETAILS: Please state here the details you wish to be published on the website. Please think carefully about the following questions regarding your website profile:

Personal name or business name?

Landline or mobile or both?

Best email address for customers?

Please note the details you submit in this part of the form are automatically uploaded onto the website, should you be selected, so it's very important they are correct - do check for typos.

CATALOGUE PROFILE:

DESCRIPTION: You will need to write a maximum of 15 words describing your work in the third person.

PERSONAL DETAILS: Please state here the email, phone and website details you wish to be published in the catalogue. Again you need to think carefully regarding details your catalogue profile (see above). The organisers are not liable for any errors in either of your profiles so please check for typos.

LIST QUALIFICATIONS, SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS

In this section please state what qualifications/experience you have relating to your practise and any signicant achievements such as exhibitions or interesting commissions. Please also mention other fairs/shows you have been selected for.  It does not have to be a comprehensive list.  This section is to inform our selectors should they request the information, especially if they are not familiar with your work. 

Please also list here any interesting facts about you or your work, which may make a press story eg. change of career or unusual background or route into your craft.  We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have beautiful homes or studios in beautiful settings or who have interesting collections of craft etc.  Think about what you like to read about and if you think you have a story that would be of interest to others tell us.

EXHIBITION PACKAGES

These are listed by stand size in the drop down menu and VAT will need to be added.  Please refer to Exhibition package costs for current costs in exhibitor info section of website.

As we appreciate majority of makers are not VAT registered we have reduced our fees slightly to minimise the additional cost of VAT to you. 

Please select the package you would like. Should you be selected, we will get in touch with you if we are unable to offer you the stand size you have requested and offer you an alternative.  If you are selected and prefer to be on an end or near another exhibitor please contact us once you have accepted your space.

New maker rates are for those in business 3yrs or less. 

Hothouse stands are only available to participants of the Crafts Council Hothouse scheme from the past 3 years. 

INTERESTED IN DEMONSTRATING?

We may have space for exhibitors who wish to demonstrate on their stands.  If this is of interest please state the skills you would demonstrate and any extra space you would need for equipment and proximity to utilities if required. Extra space will be given free of charge. Please note we cannot guarantee extra space to demonstrate.  Should you be selected for the GNCCF we will get in touch to discuss the possibility of demonstrating on your stand or at some other area of the show. 

INTERESTED IN HOSTING A WORKSHOP?

We would like to hear from applicants who may be interested in hosting a workshop for members of the public in GNCCF LIVE.  GNCCF LIVE sessions aim to bring craft alive and give people the opportunity to have a go in free drop in workshops or chargable pre-booked masterclasses.  GNCCF LIVE takes place throughout the year.  Should you be selected to host a workshop, we will get in touch to discuss fees and expenses.

 

 

Images and Copyright

You will need to upload six images onto the online application form. Each image must be a maximum of 3MB. Should your images be larger than 3MB they will NOT upload. Image size should be (1000pixels x 1000pixels.) Digital images should be saved as a jpeg with the suffix (.jpeg) - please note images with the suffix .JPEG may not upload.

Image uploading can take a while depending on your broadband speed - do not refresh the page as this will stop the uploading process.

Please note we cannot accept TIF images.

Images should be of the work you intend to exhibit and be no more than 3 years old.

All images MUST be cleared for non-exclusive copyright so we can use them for publicity and promotion. (Please refer to the terms and conditions).

LABELLING YOUR IMAGES: it is very important you label you images as follows, otherwise we may not be able to use your images for press and publicity.

Image 1
Will be the image published in the show catalogue and the main image on your website entry. it will also be used for press.

This image must be 300 dpi and jpeg. Please label this image on your upload as YOURNAMEIM1.JPEG (You will need to save the image as this before uploading it).

Image 2

Will be the second image on your website entry and will also be used for press. This needs to be 300dpi jpeg and saved as YOURNAMEIM2.JPEG (You will need to save the image as this before uploading it).

For your image to be more likely used by journalists it is useful to have an image of work on a plain background so it can be "cut out". Lifestyle shots can also work well.

Images 3-6 are additional images for selection. Images 3-6 can be either 72 or 300 dpi but must be under 3mb jpegs. Please label all these images on your upload as YOURNAMEIM3/4/5/6.JPEG, again you will need to save your images as this before you upload. Please note should we wish to use images 2-6 for publicity we will contact you for higher res copies.

SOME TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL IMAGES:

Is your image sharp and in focus? A poor quality image can be a reason for not being selected. Make sure the image isn't too dark or light; don’t photograph light coloured work against a light background or dark against dark. Work is judged on quality and consistency. Do your images form a consistent body of work? You may wish to show close up of detail, especially for textiles.

It's worth investing in good photography. Bad photographs can mean your work gets rejected. Good photographs get used in promotional materials and press releases.

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