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Please click on the headings below for some FAQ’s about making an application.

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. Its very helpful if your 72dpi images are around 12 x 10cm and your 300dpi approx 40 x 30 max. However, the dimensions do not have to be exact.   If you cannot reduce either the dpi or dimensions in cm, try resizing them to around 800 x 600 pixels.  This is the optimum size used on our website and will usually bring the file size under 600KB and a good working size for applications.  Please be assured we  will always use your high res images for selection  if the first 6 have lost too much definition in resizing. 

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.   

Landscape shaped images are preferable, If  successful your images will be used on our website in a 4 x 3 ratio.  If you prefer to submit portrait or square images these will be fine for application but we'll need to crop them to fit the website later if you are succesful.   

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.  

We are sometimes told images dont upload when using Safari as a browser.  Try opening the application form in another browser eg, Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge and you should find that makes all the difference. 

Another application is being uploaded at the same time or your internet connection is slow.  Try again in a few minutes.  If you are really struggling you may supply all 12 images in the low resolution.  If you are selected we will contact you for high res versions later.  

In 2022 we will include a StartUp section in Bovey for approx 20 stands.  Unfortunately there are no plans for StartUp at Cheltenham in March or November 2022. 

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. 


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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 Craft Festival, Cheltenham (November) are CLOSED. Applications for Craft Festival Cheltenham (March 2023) are now OPEN details below. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about stand sizes and fees are within the individual application forms. There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 (£5 for Digital Festival) to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted

StartUP: At Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey we have 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 in higher education (for your chosen medium) at the application deadline. The StartUp application fee is £5. StartUP is currently only available at Craft Festival Bovey Tracey. 

Who is eligible to apply?

You are resident in the UK, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and from the European Union. For our Digital Festivals, you can be resident anywhere in the world. 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, 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 2021. You may only exhibit in the StartUP section once.  If you have already exhibited in the StartUP section please apply in the main section. 

Our Digital Craft Festivals represent the finest makers from across the world with an exceptional programme of events and activities, presented online. Applications for our next Digital Festival are now closed.  

Craft Festival Bovey Tracey

Our flagship 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 and we are warmly welcome makers from the European Union. 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 for Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey 2022 open in September. 

Craft Festival June 17-19 Bovey Tracey, Devon APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.  Applications for Bovey Tracey 2023 will open in the September.  Please use the sign up above to receive reminders. 

StartUp at Bovey Tracey, Devon APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED Deadline 6pm 28th January 2022

Craft Festival Cheltenham

Craft Festival, Cheltenham was founded in 2018 and is presented in partnership with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, Unit Twelve Gallery, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre and Find a Maker. 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. 

Craft Festival, Cheltenham March 10-12, 2023 applications OPEN Deadline 6pm Friday September 2nd, 2022.

Craft Festival Cheltenham November 26-27, 2022 Applications are CLOSED



Craft Festival, Cheltenham March 10-12, 2023 applications OPEN Deadline 6pm Friday September 2nd, 2022

Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, June 9-11, 2023 Applications will open in September.

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Find a Maker

In 2021 we launched our latest opportunity, Find a Maker.  Applications open twice a year. 

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Preparing to Sell 

Our next Preparing to Sell is Wednesday September 21st in Bristol.

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 marketing ideas, how to approach the press, stand presentation and social media tactics. Our next Preparing to Sell in Bristol at Prior Made on September 21st. For Full details and to book CLICK HERE

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Craft Festival, Unit C, Kach Business Park, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9TZ 

01626 836846

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