Bespoke is a new international designer and maker fair being launched in Chatham, Kent. The 2014 event is the pilot of this new event in Medway offering designers, makers and artists a free opportunity to showcase their work to the public.
Artists from across England and France are being invited to apply, with the selection process hoping to create a diverse range of work on show. Coinciding with the Chatham day of the Fuse Festival the Fair will provide an added opportunity for visitors to the Festival to experience art and meet designers.
The Fair is free for the public to enter.
The outdoor fair will take place alongside the new creative venue Sun Pier House, in an area of the Sun Wharf car park; Medway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4HF. Sun Pier House hosts a large public gallery, tearoom, artist studios and office space for creative industries.
Applications are invited across the UK and France from individual makers and craft based businesses. We require a CV and artist statement along with 3 representative images of work clearly labelled with title, medium and size. JPEGS are preferred. We accept applications by email and post. We will reply to all applicants to acknowledge your application. The selection process will be taken seriously and we will notify all applicants of our decision by Monday 2 June 2014.
Applications are invited any time before 5pm on Monday 9th June 2014.
As part of the 2014 pilot event all pitches are offered for FREE to successful applicants. We will provide;
One gazebo cover with sides, approximately 3m x 3m per exhibitor
Two tables and one chair for each exhibitor
Trading hours are 11am – 5pm; stallholders can gain access from 8am on the day to set up.
Stallholders must supply any other equipment required for their stall. Note: there are no power sockets or additional lighting.
Vehicles can unload/ load in the car park alongside their pitch and vehicles will be moved out of sight. One parking space will be provided per exhibitor.
As part of the pilot scheme we are also offering all applicants the opportunity to attend a series of practical workshop aimed at small creative business. Topics covered throughout the course will be;
- Work selection for fairs
- How to present and display your work
- How to price your work
- Talking to the public and selling you work
- Basic book-keeping and small business finance systems
- Social media and marketing plans
The training will take place throughout the summer. Tailored to the feedback from exhibitors at Bespoke.
We prefer email communication where possible. If you have any questions please contact Heather Burgess, Event Coordinator, on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to use email or have an urgent enquiry please contact Heather on 07545 642 581. Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
All work must be original and by the exhibitor
Makers cannot sublet their space or any part of it to another party or maker without prior permission.
Makers cannot display work or services other than that which they stated in their application.
You are responsible for your own insurance for you work. We recommend joining a-n/ AIR.
All work displayed should ideally be for sale.
A few cards and postcards can be displayed and sold but must not dominate the space.
Bespoke 2014 is part of the Recreate project, selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF