Sunday, February 03, 2008

Origin 2008: The London Craft Fair

Deadline: 3rd March 2008 by 6pm (RECEIVE)

Origin: The London Craft Fair

Crafts Council
Somerset House
Week One: 7-12 October
Week Two: 14-19 October

Applications are now invited from both UK and international designermakers of contemporary craft wishing to exhibit at Origin 2008 presented by the Crafts Council at Somerset House.

Origin is a presentation of the very best of craft talent, be it ceramics, glass, metal, jewellery, furniture, textiles, paper and wood. Exhibitors are a mixture of national and international designermakers, established names and emerging talent and each stand at the event exhibits work of a consistently high standard and demonstrates creativity and technical skill.

Origin is principally for the contemporary decorative and applied arts and therefore applications will not be accepted for painting, drawing, graphic design, print-making, photography or sculpture. Applications will not be accepted from those solely designing and co-ordinating products for industrial production, or from agents or wholesalers wanting to sell the work of others.

Stands are allocated on an individual basis therefore we are unable to consider group applications for stands.

Image format
You will need to supply six digital images of your work on a CD. We cannot accept images by email or in any other format.

The Crafts Council recognises that participation in an event can be costly, especially at the early career stage, so to encourage applications from new designer–makers there is a special stand rate for those who have been in business for less than three years.

The event will feature a variety of stand sizes. Every participant will pay a flat rate fee for participation plus a per metre rate for the stand rental.

Funding to participate
UK based designer-makers may be eligible for funding support from the Arts Council of England, Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland or CIDA.

Please visit the following websites for more information.

Application Fee
All applications are subject to a non–refundable £20 fee (£17.02 plus VAT) to be submitted along with the Application Form.

For further information and how to apply, download our Application Pack (PDF)

If you have a question please contact a member of the Origin team:
(phone) +44 (0) 20 7806 2512

About the Crafts Council
The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK. It intends to position the UK as the global centre for the making, seeing and collecting contemporary craft. To do this it is focused on building a strong economy and infrastructure for craft throughout the country, increasing and diversifying the audience for the contemporary crafts and championing high quality contemporary craft practice, nationally and internationally.

To find out more about the Crafts Council visit