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Please click on the headings below to read some useful FAQs about your exhibiting at the event.

Quality of images is often a reason why good makers don't get selected. Is your image sharp and in focus? Can you clearly see the object? Avoid distracting backgrounds. Make sure the image isn't too dark or too light. Please think about what your selected images say about your work. Don’t be tempted to send in contrasting pictures of different ranges. Selectors prefer to see a coherent body of work. The selection of images you choose will also be used for promotional purposes and all images will need to be good quality and clear. The 72dpi images will be used for presentation to the Selection Panel. All six images will be projected to the selection panel at the same time. The 300dpi images will be used for  promotional purposes.

You will need to upload Six 72dpi low resolution and Six 300dpi high resolution images for selection, via our online application form. Each image should be labelled with your name For example: Jane Smith 72.jpg and Jane Smith 300.jpg. Please file each group of 6 in separate folders, eg Jane Smith 72, Jane Smith 300. Digital images must be saved as JPEG files and should have the suffix .jpg.  They should be the same images in 72 and 300dpi. Your 72dpi images should be approx 6 x 9cm and 300dpi approx 30 x 40cm max.  If you cannot reduce the dpi, try resizing them to around 800pixels wide. This is the size used on our website and usually a good working size for applications.  

Most cameras are set up to take images in 300dpi.  Remember you can always reduce the resolution and file size but you will not be able to increase it. You will need Photoshop to change the dpi. If you don't use Photoshop it is not essential that you change the dpi but you will need to reduce the file size to less than 600KB in order for the images to upload.  You can do this in any Mac or Microsoft picture editor programme with either an edit or resize function.   

If  successful your images will be used on our website in a 4 x 3 ratio so landscape is preferable.  Portrait or square shaped images will be cropped to around 800 x 600 pixels.   Try resizing your images to 600pixels on the shortest dimension (width or height). This will usually bring the file size under 600KB and a good working size for appplications

Check they have really converted to jpg -   Open in properties and check there are no words or spaces after the file extension .jpg  In most cases this can be solved by renaming the image xxxx.jpg

Another application is being uploaded at the same time.  Try again in a few minutes.  This happens a lot as we approach the deadline - again we advise getting your application in early to avoid frustration!

Yes there is a StartUP Section at each Festival.  If you are within the first 2 years of trading you can apply please use the StartUP application form.  If you have already exhibited  once in this section, you may not apply the following year in the StartUP section for that event.

Your application fee is non-refundable and helps us cover the cost of administration and expenses for a selection day with an invited expert panel. 

Thank you for your interest in applying for our Festivals, which have become some of the largest, friendliest and most prestigious shows to be part of in the UK. The process and criteria are the same for all our events. Applications are now closed for Craft Festival, Cardiff (formerly Made by Hand, Cardiff). Applications for Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey open in September and Craft Festival Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) open in June. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about sizes and prices are on the individual application forms. There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted. 

Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and promote the wealth of creative talent we have in the UK. Stands in the StartUp section are offered at much reduced rate and create an outstanding opportunity for businesses of two years or less.  You may be a graduate or self taught, but you are not eligible if you are still a student at the application deadline. The StartUp application fee is £5.

Who is eligible to apply?

You are resident in the UK or Ireland. Your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality.

You make any of the following: Ceramics, Glass, Textiles, Jewellery, Metal, Wood/Furniture, Plastics, Mixed Media, Leather, Recycled Materials and Paper or Prints. No painting, photography, graphic design or musical instruments. Greetings cards are accepted as part of the range but not the sole product. 

StartUp Application Criteria: You are a graduate or self taught (students still in education at the deadline may not apply). Your work is in any of the above mediums and you are in the first 2 years of business which commenced after January 1st 2017. Previous exhibitors in Start UP at any previous Craft Festival may not apply again in this section.  

Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon

With a lively and inspirational atmosphere, the multi-award winning Festival in June has built up a loyal following of over 10,000 visitors representing 200 of the UK’s finest designer makers from across Britain & Ireland. The event is set in a marquee village in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon with excellent transport links via road, train and air. Applications open in September. 

Craft Festival, Cardiff (formerly Made by Hand, Cardiff)

Craft Festival, Cardiff is in partnership with Cardiff City Council, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Madebyhandonline.com, Make it in Wales and Learning Cardiff. Presented in the heart of Wales' capital city, in the magnificent City Hall, Craft Festival, Cardiff sets very high standards, representing the finest designer makers and artists from Wales and beyond. 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 and those of Welsh heritage. Made by Hand presents 135 of some of the countries finest makers plus craft workshops, masterclasses, craft demonstrations, live music and great food. 4000+ visitors. 

Applications for Craft Festival, Cardiff are closed and all applicants have been informed.  

Craft Festival, Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) 

Craft Festival, Cheltenham was founded in 2018 and is presented in partnership with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, New Brewery Arts, madebyhandonline.com, Unit Twelve Gallery and Period Living Magazine. Hosted in the stunning Town Hall in the centre of Cheltenham, Craft Festival presents 100 of some of the countries finest makers plus craft workshops, demonstrations, live music and food. 3000+ visitors. 

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR THE OPEN ONLINE APPLICATION FORMS:

Craft Festival, Cheltenham applications will open in June

Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey applications will open in late September. 

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Preparing to Sell 

We offer exhibitors, and the maker community at large, the opportunity to attend Preparing to Sell. We host days in various locations around the UK, designed to prepare you for all aspects of the selling to the public including PR and marketing, how to approach the press, stand presentation and social media advice. Our next Preparing to Sell is on Tuesday July 16th at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, South Wales. CLICK HERE TO BOOK. 

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