Sunday, February 15, 2009

Origin: The London Craft Fair

Deadline: 2 March 2009 at 6pm (RECEIVE)

Origin: The London Craft Fair

Somerset House (Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court)
Strand, London
Week One
Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11 October 2009
Week Two
Tuesday 13 – Sunday 18 October 2009

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 designer-makers, 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 also a chance to meet the people you are making for and for them to find out what inspires you. An important part of the show is being there to talk to visitors about your work.


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.

It is also unlikely that applications to exhibit reproduction work will be accepted. As this is a two-week event the organisers seek to provide a balance of craft disciplines in each week in order to provide the visitors with a broad range of work. Further to this, only the body of work which applicants apply with will be eligible for sale. Exhibitors wishing to show one or more bodies of work, e.g. wood and jewellery will need to make two applications to ensure there is an equal selection process.


Selection of exhibitors is principally on the images supplied. Additional information on the application form may be used for press and publicity purposes once exhibitors have been selected.

An independent Selection panel will select the exhibitors for the event in April. This panel of selectors changes each year and will include: designer-makers, curators, craft retailers, journalists familiar with contemporary crafts and ‘opinion formers.’ During the selection process all six of an applicant’s images will be projected simultaneously, giving a clear indication of the full range of work.


In addition to uploading six low resolution digital images as part of the online application form, you will need to supply six digital high resolution images of your work on a CD.


Application Fee

All applications are subject to a non-refundable £30 fee (incl VAT) to be submitted along with the Online Application Form. Payments by credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Maestro) or cheque will be accepted.

Catalogue Fee

The catalogue will feature an image and contact details for each selected exhibitor. There will be an additional non-refundable charge of £70 (excl VAT) per exhibitor for this catalogue entry.

Participation and stand fee

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.

• Makers in business for less than three years – participation fee is: £460 plus £100 per m2
• Makers in business for three years or more – participation fee is: £460 plus £150 per m2

Exhibitors may choose to share a stand, though please bear in mind that the participation fee would still be charged per maker. Where applicants wish to share a stand, the organisers reserve the right to nominate stand share partners. There will be a limited number of shared stands available and priority for a shared stand will be given to new makers.

Funding to participate

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

If you have a question about any of the points raised in this application or you are unable to submit an online application please contact the Crafts Council on +44(0) 207 806 2565 or email:

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Download documents
Origin 2009 Application Guidelines [doc Format 47KB]

Origin 2009 Application Guidelines [pdf Format 22KB]

Origin 2009 Terms and Conditions [doc Format 91KB]

Origin 2009 Terms and Conditions [pdf Format 157KB]

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