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

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 indoors 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. 

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.

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 is produced in partnership with The Biscuit Factory as part of The Great Exhibition of the North.  It 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.

 

Selection for GNCCF Manchester, GNCCF Sheffield & GNCCF Newcastle

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 craft experts and changes annually.

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

All applicants for 2018 have now been notified of the results of the panel's decision. 

 

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.

Supplementary requirements for accepting internet transactions.

  • The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester, Newcastle  & Sheffield are managed by Great Northern Events NW Ltd, a not for profit company registered in England, Company
    Reg No 6419531.

    Great Northern Events NW Ltd
    23 Belfield Rd, Didsbury,
    Manchester,
    M20 6BJ
    www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk
  • Email: enquiries@greatnorthernevents.co.uk
    Tel: 00 44 161 283 9667
  • In case of problems with submitting your payment please phone Ann-Marie Franey on 0044 161 283 9667 or 0044 (0) 7973 574735 or email ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk
  • The application fee and stand deposit are non refundable. 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.
  • All transactions are processed through PayPal and are secure.

Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions

In these Terms & Conditions the following definitions are: Organiser refers to Great Northern Events (NW) Ltd. Exhibitors refers to any persons selected to participate at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield..

  • Exhibitors must keep their stands open and attended by knowledgeable staff throughout the period of the event and wherever possible this should be the designer-maker.
  • Exhibitors may not sub-let space within the area allocated to them.
  • The organiser reserves the right to move stands and relocate space previously notified to exhibitors and to cancel and/or amend the event if required by circumstances outside their control.
  • Exhibitors must not display goods of an inflammable, noxious or obscene nature. Fabrics used on stands for display purposes must be fireproofed. The organiser will remove any such unsuitable material from the event.
  • Exhibitors will be liable for any damage caused to the panels, flooring or stand fittings.
  • Exhibitors will be liable for any damage they cause to the event building/structure.
  • Exhibitors may not move or install any lighting or electrical appliances without the written approval of the organiser. Any lighting or electrical appliance not supplied by the electrical contractor must be approved and PAT tested by either a qualified electrician in advance of the show for which proof may be required or on site by the contractor.  This will incur an additional cost as detailed in the exhibitor manual.
  • The organiser accepts no liability for the loss or damage to exhibitors' work, neither during the event, nor during setting-up or dismantling. Exhibitors are responsible for displaying their work securely to shelving and walls. Insurance is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor and the exhibitors must insure they are covered for all eventualities (including public liability insurance)
  • Payment in full must be received no later than 31st July 2018. The organiser reserves the right to refuse admission to exhibitors who have not paid for their stand in full prior to the event opening.
  • A deposit of £150 for your exhibition package must be paid on acceptance of your offer of space and must be received by the Organiser by the 31st March 2018. Once paid this acceptance payment will not be refunded. A second installment of 50% of the outstanding balance must be received by the 31st May 2018 and final installment (remainder of the balance outstanding) must be received by the 31st July 2018. 
  • Exhibitors withdrawing from the event after accepting space are liable to pay 50% of their exhibition package fees. Exhibitors who cancel on or after 10th September 2018 are liable for the total cost of the exhibition package.
  • The organiser reserves the right to withdraw their offer of space from any exhibitors owing monies to the organiser on any account.
  • All exhibitors should give full cooperation to the organisers and/or appointed publicity contractor in attempting to achieve coverage and promotion for the event
  • The organiser cannot accept responsibility for any issues arising as a result of problems with the venue or its staff. If, because of war, fire, strike, or other cause beyond the control of the organisers, the event is cancelled, exhibitors remain liable for stand fees and the organisers shall have no liability to exhibitors from the loss of income resulting from such cancellation.
  • If the organiser cancels the event, exhibitors' deposits and stand fees will be reimbursed in full but the organiser cannot be held liable for any additional expenses incurred.
  • Any agreements entered into by the exhibitor and an external contractor or supplier at the event, are the responsibility of the exhibitor and the organiser cannot accept liability for claims resulting from the failure of any of its contractors or suppliers to deliver goods or services.
  • Whilst the organiser takes every effort to ensure that exhibitors contact details are correct in the promotional material for the event, the organiser cannot accept responsibility for any errors printed therein and the organiser shall have no liability to exhibitors for any claims resulting from such errors.
  • In consideration of the organisers assisting exhibitors in promoting their work, exhibitors must agree to grant the organisers a non exclusive copyright licence for any promotional materials supplied to the organiser and/or its appointed publicity contractor, for the purpose of promoting and publicising their work and the event. In granting this licence exhibitors should be aware that the promotions may include the use of these materials on the internet and that images supplied may be scanned and held digitally for this purpose. The copyright is and will continue to be beneficially and solely owned by the exhibitor, who must ensure that it does not and will not infringe on any other copyright and that no information contained in the materials is or shall be inaccurate, misleading or injurious.