Competition:European Prize for Applied Art, deadline 15th February

Deadline: 15 February 2015, for more information please visit the WCC-BF website here.

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

Caithness Horizons Call out to Printmakers

Call to printmakers

Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery is a centre for arts, culture and heritage located on the north coast of Scotland in the most northerly mainland town of Thurso.

The Museum will be running a new programme of monthly exhibitions in its spacious Gallery throughout 2018.

Caithness Horizons would like to call out to printmakers with a link to the north of Scotland who would be interested in submitting up to four pieces of work to be part of a showcase of

Printmaking in the North

The exhibition will take place in March 2018 so time is running out already.

Deadline for submissions will be 12th February. Selected work must be able to be delivered here by Monday 26th February.

All work must be for sale. There will be a charge of £4 per art work or £10 for 4

Commission rate will be 20%

There will also be opportunities for workshop delivery during the exhibition. Please state in your submission if you would be interested in delivering a workshop.

An opening night will take place for the exhibition on Friday 2nd March. The exhibition will also be marketed extensively through social media and all appropriate platforms.

If you are interested in submitting work to this exhibition please email [email protected] for a submissions form. All images must be sent along with submissions form in jpeg format.

Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery

Old Town Hall, High Street, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8AJ  01847 896508

Meet the Buyer Event with Historic Environment Scotland

Meet the Buyer Event


Historic Environment Scotland is launching an exciting new opportunity for local craft suppliers across Scotland. Currently 43% of all products stocked in Historic Environment Scotland shops are made or finished in Scotland. In 2018 they hope to increase this and will be looking for some new quality, Made in Scotland craft to stock in a selection of their shops.


At the start of 2018 Historic Environment Scotland will host several ‘Meet the Buyer’ events at the following regional locations:

·         Edinburgh Longmore House – Monday 12th Feb

·         Stirling Engine Shed – Tuesday 13th Feb

·         Fort George, Inverness– Thursday 15th Feb

·         Aberdour Castle, Fife – Tuesday 20th Feb


These events will provide local businesses with the opportunity to speak directly with retail buyers. They will be able to pitch to have their products stocked at one of the following shops for the 2018 summer season:

·         St Andrews Castle

·         Linlithgow

·         Dallas Dhu

·         Fort George

·         Melrose


Contact Sharon Wylie – [email protected] by Friday 26th January 2018 to book a place.


You will be invited to attend a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, and pitch directly to the retail buying team. You will supply a product/range of products that will be sold in local shops in Scotland. The products should appeal to tourists or domestic visitors looking for a souvenir of either the local area or their visit to our sites. All successful applicants will then be notified and listed with Historic Environment Scotland. Orders will be placed for the new products, which are to be sold in our selected shops until end of Sept at which point they are reviewed for the following season.




You should contact Sharon Wyllie – [email protected] by Friday 26th Jan 2017 and state which location you would like to attend for the Meet the Buyer Event. You should also give a brief description of the type of products you produce and a link to your website (if applicable).


You will then be invited to pitch your products to retail buyers at an allocated 10 minute slot – please note time will be agreed beforehand. You should bring samples of your work and provide a hand-out on the day which provides information on the following:


·         Background to the company/product

·         Trade prices for each product (please note Historic Environment Scotland work to a retail margin of 50 – 56%)

·         What products are made from

·         Carriage Paid Amount and Minimum Order Quantities

·         Product Lead Time


All proposals will then be considered based on the following criteria: creativity, relevance, sales potential, sustainability and quality. The final products will then be chosen and successful entries will be notified.


Some Tips:

·         Think about what a visitor might want to see or take home from their visit to Scotland or to our sites.

·         The products need to be commercial, so keep in mind that it should be easy to carry home, and affordable.

·         Our shops can be very busy in the summer period so there is the possibility of several repeat orders if your product starts to sell well; it needs to be something that can be produced quickly in order to keep up with demand.

·         Please visit our online shop to view some of our current bestselling products –

DING Fellowships now open

Applications are invited for the Glasgow School of Art Innovation Fellowships providing up to £2500 for time and expenses for creative pioneers to develop new and enhanced products, practices, networks and audiences across the H&I creative economy.

To apply for this unique opportunity and to find out more please contact Dr Michael Pierre Johnson [email protected]

Application deadline is the 31st January 2018



Liberty Open Call 2018 now open

Who can enter

Liberty Open Call is a platform for undiscovered UK-based makers, artists, designers and craftspeople who have contributed to the industry in the last three years – but have no history of being stocked by another London store. This includes teachers, students and those who have sold at craft markets or exhibited work. This year, we’re looking for unique home additions outside the realms of fabric and furniture, from offbeat ceramics to unique objects.

How it works

Entrants upload a photo of their product to Instagram using #LibertyOpenCall before 7 February, when our buyers will make a shortlist and ask the public to help them choose with an interest vote on Once voting closes on 25 February, our buyers will reach a final decision and work with the winner to make their product available in time for London Craft Week in May, when all will be revealed to the public

Designers head to Iceland to further connections

Highlands & Islands designers head north to further their Icelandic connections in 2018

SHIFT – A Change of Direction or Focus
DesignMarch, Reykjavik, March 2018 & XpoNorth, Inverness, June 2018

Bringing together a group of five Highlands & Islands designer makers with four collaborators from Iceland, SHIFT is a two year long project which supports these designers to share ideas, techniques and skills, opportunities and explore environments and challenges.

The project began with an initial research visit in March 2017, when the groups of designers were brought together to meet in Iceland to get to know one another and start to foster links.

The activity in 2017 was centered around an exhibition of all participants existing work at DesignMarch in Reykjavik and this work travelled to XpoNorth, (Scotland’s leading Creative Industries Festival) in Inverness in June 2017 where, as well as the showcase, XpoNorth hosted two discussion panels on the project and allowed the makers and organisers’ time to discuss and plan for the next stage of the project.

Emergents is now pleased to announce that a second year of the project has been supported by funding from Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). This new funding will allow the designers to create new work both collaboratively and individually and to explore new products, processes, markets and techniques.

Icelandic makers have very similar issues as our Highlands and Islands makers; of distance and remoteness as well as challenging and expensive travel when participating at international shows and events. We hope that by sharing these challenges our participants will come up with innovative ways to address the issues, will provide support and encouragement to each other and ultimately will both benefit from increased audiences and sales.

Working with our partners in Iceland, DesignMarch and Handverk og Hönnun, the designers showcase their new work at DesignMarch 2018 in Reykjavik and then at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery as part of XpoNorth 2018. The designers will also look at national and international trade and exhibition opportunities for this new collaborative work.

Pamela Conacher, Director of Emergents, commented: ‘I am delighted that we have been successful in our application for Open Project Funding from Creative Scotland for this exciting project. This is a fantastic opportunity for Highlands and Islands makers to work with their Icelandic collaborators to develop new ways of working, create new work and share challenges and processes.’

The SHIFT designer makers are:

Highlands and Islands


Craft Showcase at XPO North 2017. Scotland’s Leading Creative Industries Festival. 7-8 June 2017, Inverness. Picture: Paul Campbell/XpoNorth

Designers Biogs

Netty Sopata, Designer/Owner, Diggory Brown
Diggory Brown was established on the Isle of Lewis as a bespoke kilt making business by Netty Sopata in 2008. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth: Harris Tweed, Breanish Tweed and her own range of Zero Waste Tweeds (developed by Uist Wool) in her designs.

Hilary Grant, Designer/Co-Owner, Hilary Grant
Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

Julia Smith, Designer/Owner, Julia Smith Ceramics
Julia Smith creates contemporary pottery using traditional making methods combined with experimental glazed and printed surfaces. Her rustic illustrative style is applied across simple thrown and hand built forms. Her work is strongly influenced by her coastal location in the Scottish Highlands and often features windswept trees and manmade structures.

Lucy Woodley, Jeweller & Silversmith
Jeweller Lucy Woodley spent her childhood in a small highland fishing village. The sea and its creatures were a constant source of inspiration in her early work. Lucy’s work evolved from the sea to the land to incorporate the strong shapes of oak leaves and honesty seeds realised in silver with 18ct gold detail. These pieces were housed on mixed medium wall pieces which echoed the design of the jewellery. This created a whole new decorative object, extending the function of the work, giving the jewellery a home when it’s not worn and leaving a beautiful artwork when it is. Her work is now moving back towards the sea in the form of small sculptural works in silver and other materials looking at migration past and present.

Yellow Broom – Designers/Owners – Clare Waddle and David Robson
Each separate Yellow Broom product is co designed and crafted by hand within the Cairngorms national park; valuing good craftsmanship and the design process they have created a collection of sustainable wooden lighting with a zero waste approach to making that is both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing.

Designers/Owners – Agusta Magnusdóttir & Gustav Johannsson
AGUSTAV is a furniture design and production company focusing on creating high-end furniture and aims at making pieces that can last lifetimes. At AGUSTAV the creation process centres on weighing out aesthetics and functionality. Product quality is assured by using carefully chosen, high quality materials that are skillfully crafted by furniture makers.

Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, Designer & Saddlesmith
Arndís Jóhannsdóttir lives & works in Reykjavik. She has worked with fish skin since 1984, making mostly bags, bowls and smaller products. Arndis has taken part in various exhibitions in Iceland and abroad including Nordic Cool 2004, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Transform Via Paris, Expo, Hannover 2000, and in Japan, Paris, Germany and Scandinavia.

Designers/Owners, Guðrún
 Larusdóttir and Ragna Fróða
Doppelganger collection is a co-lab of designers Guðrún Lárusdóttir and Ragna Fróða.  Their design is built on national heritage and traditional Icelandic textile patterns from the 17th and 18th centuries, using natural silk and merino yarn manufactured under environmental standards of oeko-tex® and bluesign®.  Focus is on classic design, endurance and aesthetics.

Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Ceramic Artist
Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir is a ceramic artist and her background is first and foremost Icelandic. Iceland has a great story-telling tradition and it shows in her works which are often characterised by story-telling features. In addition to her studies at the Icelandic School of Arts and Craft, Guðný has also studied and experienced ceramics in Denmark, Finland and Hungary.

Useful web links

Craft Showcase at XPO North 2017. Scotland’s Leading Creative Industries Festival. 7-8 June 2017, Inverness

Emergents is a community interest company that aims to support the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit  Follow on @creativescots and

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit from the Scottish Government that integrates economic and community development. They work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass. They want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.

Shift has been made possible through a collaboration between two organisations; Emergents in the Highlands and Islands Handverk og Hönnun in Iceland, and the support of DesignMarch

Top Image – SHIFT Showcase at XpoNorth 2017, Photographer: Paul Campbell, courtesy of XpoNorth

Handmade – Call for Applications

The team at Handmade in Britain are excited to invite you to their next year’s events. Handmade at Kew will take place from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October 2018 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Handmade Chelsea will be hosted at the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November 2018 .

For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become top contemporary craft selling events in UK. Their events showcase the best high-end design and craftsmanship from hundreds of highly skilled designer-makers. The events target and appeal to an informed and highly motivated audience of local and UK consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience of professionals; including those who represent corporate and public sector buyers. The consumer audience includes local residents; tourists; shoppers and craft/design collectors. Selected press, trade buyers, media and VIPs are also invited to attend.

They now welcome applications from individual makers, groups and galleries of contemporary craft working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

Handmade at Kew 2018
Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 October 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB
Deadline for applications: 30 March 2018

Handmade Chelsea 2018
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2018

Handmade in Britain ONLINE

Handmade in Britain ONLINE

Launching March 2018

Deadline for applications: Sunday 31 December

Drawing on over a decade of experience creating some of the UK’s finest craft events, Handmade in Britain is going online! Handmade in Britain ONLINE is open for applications now. Join the online community of designer-makers and sell your work throughout the year.

There is no joining fee, no annual fee and welcome applications from UK-based designer-makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, textiles, print, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

Please apply online at