Calling all diverse and talented designer-makers.

As part of an annual programme of events in our retail annexe Manchester Art Gallery’s shop is looking for contemporary designer-makers to propose a series of works for sale in our selling show ’20/22: Shop 20 Craft Makers for £22′.    

The appetite for arts and crafts has seen a huge surge of interest in 2020/21, compelled by long periods spent at home and an increased desire to surround ourselves with beautiful things. We want to keep the momentum going by offering an affordable showcase of works by diverse and talented makers. Introducing potential collectors, craft enthusiasts and those just wanting to dip their toe in to the wonderful world of affordable contemporary craft.    

This project is aimed at those smaller makers who regularly work to this price point or those who would like to challenge themselves to work within these constraints, to test products for new markets, or as a research and development exercise. The opportunity considers, as a public gallery, our need for accessibility and inclusivity, for those visitors who want to buy responsibly and support makers, who have a limited budget.  

The show will be running from 29th April 2022 to 25th July 2022. 

The brief for ‘20/22: Shop 20 Craft Makers for £22’

Work can be a series of multiples or individual pieces. All work must retail at £22 or less and fit into one of these 10 craft-discipline categories and be suitable for the contemporary giftware market: ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion, textiles, mixed media, paper, metalwork, sculpture and woodwork.    

We are happy to receive proposals from established makers based anywhere in the UK. The work you are proposing to exhibit, must be made and ready to send to us from 8th April 2022 and be with us by 22nd April 2022 at the latest.    

If you are selected, we will also require a final list of works to be sent to us by 26th March.   

The commission will be 50% of the retail price and on a Sale or Return basis. It will be your responsibility to get work to Manchester Art Gallery.     

How to Apply

Deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 14 January 2022. 

Successful applicants will be notified by 28th January 2022. Only applications with all the required information will be considered. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

To apply, please follow the link below to fill out the application form.

Application Form for 20/22