Submission Deadlines

This Section gives last dates for applying to fairs and other ceramic events, grants, residences etc. To submit notifications for events to be added to these pages contact: . It may be worth contacting the event/award if you are a few days late to submit as sometimes they are prepared to be forgiving.

Craft Pottery Charitable Trust

Deadline: December 15th every year

Applications must be submitted by 15th December each year. The Trustees meet early the following year and will inform the applicants of the outcome as soon as is possible.

The Trust was set up in 1991.
It makes grants in line with the following criteria:
• awards are made to persons involved in ceramics
• those who are resident in the UK for tax purposes
• the benefit should apply as widely as possible
• to assist in the preparation of books, travel, film, conference attendance and organisation, and other projects relevant to ceramics at the discretion of the Trustees
The Trustees will not support the following:
• grants towards formal education
• student exhibitions
• subsistence and living expenses other than during a period of grant aided travel or conference attendance
• students who are in full time education

The scheme is open to all ceramists, whether or not members of the CPA. The Trust has an annual grant scheme in which awards of up to £1,000 in value are made.  Application guidelines are available from email: to whom applications should be sent.

International Ceramics Studio - Hungary - Artist in Residence

Deadline: Ongoing

The ICS Artist-in-residence program allows artists to work in the context of a different country and culture.
The Artist in Residence Programme provides artists with the space to create new works, experiment with innovative ideas and research new and different ways of making. Artists are encouraged to explore all our facilities to open up new possibilities and directions for the contemporary ceramicist.
The program is open to all artists who wish to work independently on their own projects. Artists may use the residency to accomplish a specific project or to work in a creative and supportive atmosphere alongside other international ceramic artists.

On average the are up to ten artists in residence at the ICS at any one time. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with the other artists but enough space to be quiet and reflective.

Making an application for the Artist in Residence Programme: There is no application deadline and applications will be considered throughout the year. We require slides, photographs or digital images on cd or by email, accompanyied by a current CV (Resumé) and biography. A brief outline of your intended work during your residency would be helpful for us to consider your application. Please give us an indication of your preferred dates for your residency.

See the website for more detail:

If you are interested in making an application please email for further information and an application form.:


Deadline: Ongoing

Although applications for residencies are accepted throughout the year, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible as places are limited.
There are five different residency dates to choose from.

If you are interested in making an application please email for further information and an application form.:

To receive an application, contact us at:

The British Craft Trade Fair is a TRADE ONLY fair: Harrogate 2-4 April 2017; London 10-12 September 2017

Deadline: not specified

If you are a designer-maker, living in the British Isles and producing handmade giftware (i.e. no mass-manufacturing) you can complete our Makers Registration Form and your details will be added to our database. Once registered, you will receive as noted below information in regards to our application process.

Application forms via email for BCTF Harrogate and London should you wish to apply.


British Craft Trade Fair, Hammonds Barn, London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH159QJ
Tel: 01444 246 446

Handmade at Kew: Thursday 12th October to Sunday 15th October 2017 (Private View opening on Wednesday 11th October)

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Applications now open... Welcome to the third edition of Handmade at Kew at the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew!

Handmade at Kew welcomes online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

Application forms via email should you wish to apply.


Tel: +44(0)203 105 1682

Top Draw/Craft: 10 - 12September 2017

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Top Drawer | Craft is a unique opportunity to present your work to an audience of over 15,000 influential retailers, department stores, galleries and museums at the UK’s fastest growing trade event for contemporary makers in the heart of London.

Now taking place bi-annually, in January and September, Top Drawer gives you the chance to showcase your work to top retailers who are making their first and last buying decisions for the year.

The number of applications is likely to exceed the space available. Makers and groups are encouraged to apply from a broad range of disciplines including: ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion, textiles, mixed media, furniture, metalwork, sculpture, woodwork and prints.

All individual and group stands benefit from a comprehensive package, including a ready built stand, carpet and lighting, plus free marketing support.

To apply for a stand, please fill in the application pack and return to Alis Clement by Friday 31 March 2017



Oxford Ceramics Fair: Call for applications 28-29 October 2017

Deadline: 7 April 2017

Applications to exhibit at the Oxford Ceramics Fair 2017 are now open!

The fair will again be held at St. Edward’s School, Oxford, an independent school with excellent facilities. The venue is easily accessible with good parking and access by public transport, being located in the beautiful city of Oxford and timed at the beginning of the pre-Christmas shopping period.

All categories of Craft Potters Association membership - Fellows, Selected & Associate members - are eligible to apply.

Applicants will be informed of the selectors’ decision in May. Stands cost from £220 plus VAT.




Deadline: 7 April 2017

The deadline for applications is 7th April and notifications of places will be sent out in May

MADE LONDON - Marylebone has established itself as the must visit fair for those interested in buying contemporary craft and design. Visitors love the stunning venue and the exceptional quality and variety of work being shown. One Marylebone is a beautiful converted Sir John Soane Church in central London situated directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station and just a 5-minute walk from Regents Park tube station.

This year we will only be using the two main spaces; the light filled first floor Galleries and Soane Hall, the old nave of the church on the ground floor.

MADE LONDON - Marylebone will run from 19th - 22nd October with set up on 18th October. We are looking for applications from designer makers across all media in the applied arts. We welcome applications from established and emerging makers and we welcome groups of makers wishing to show collectively.

Full details about the fair can be found on their information sheet and applications can be made online.

Website: information sheet



Yorkshire Artspace Starter Studio Programme for Ceramicists - programme set to commence first week in October 2017

Deadline: strangely 9AM on Monday 10 April 2017

Are you an ambitious ceramicist in need of a supportive programme offering workspace, equipment, technical & mentor support, business advice plus commission and exhibition opportunities? Our Starter Studio Programme for early career ceramicists could be for you.

Designed to provide start-up support for designer makers at an early career stage, the two-year programme is delivered from a large, purpose built and eco-designed studio at Manor Oaks, Sheffield.
Key Features of the 2 year programme include:
• 24/7 access to shared fully equipped studio space @ £120 per month
• Access to technical and mentor support
• Business advice and support
• Bursary to undertake online training via The Design Trust
• Exhibition and commission opportunities
• 20% discount on regular studio rental for 2 years from completion of the programme (subject to studio availability)

Makers on the programme will have access to the 'All Fired Up' Commission, a partnership with Museums Sheffield and South Yorkshire Housing Association with materials kindly donated by PotClays Ltd. This awards up to two second year participants on the programme the opportunity to make new work both for a community and a gallery setting.

The eco-designed studios at Manor Oaks are home to a small, thriving community of craft practitioners, approximately two miles from Sheffield City Centre and located on the site of a historic 16th Century deer park.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 10th April, with the programme set to commence first week in October 2017. We're able to offer places to two new makers each year and advise potential applicants to visit the Starter Studio workshop at Manor Oaks. If you'd like further information or would like to apply click here.

Sheffield is a great place to live and get your creative career started; click here to find out more. If you would like any further information or want to arrange a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Rachael Dodd Programme Manager


Email: or phone +44 (0)114 2761769

GNCCF: Call for applications 12 - 15 October 2017

Deadline: 18 April 2017

Applications are now invited from contemporary craft designer-makers and artists working in ceramics, jewellery, interior textiles, fashion design, print-making, wood, lighting, furniture & product design, glass, metal, basket-making and more.


Email: ((

Handmade in Britain: 10 - 12 November 2017; Handmade Edinburgh 27 - 29 October 2017*

Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017

We welcome online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion & textiles, woodwork, paper and interior accessories. If your work does not reflect the above categories, please get in touch with us to discuss what you do.

Applications are invited anytime until Friday April 28th 2017. Selection will be announced by the selection committee in May.


* Website:

All applications must be accompanied by a signed Exhibition Space Contract and Deposit Cheque. Both of these can be posted to: Handmade in Britain, Studio 31, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DX.


Aberystwyth International Ceramics Festival 30 June - 2 July, 2017 KECSKEMÉT RESIDENCY AWARD 2017

Deadline: 30 April, 2017

We are delighted to announce a new biennial award in conjunction with the International Ceramics Festival held every two years at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales. The award of a month long residency is open to all ceramic practitioners including mid-career and late adopters of ceramics. The winner of the award will be announced during the festival, 30 June - 2 July, 2017.



Wirksworth Festival: Call for applications 2 - 3 September 2017

Deadline: 12 May 2017

Wirksworth Festival is a major cultural event in the East Midlands, promoting the work of artists and designer makers to a national audience.
Every September our celebrated Art & Architecture Trail Weekend sees the town of Wirksworth come alive with street theatre, music, film, contemporary visual art and craft.
Over 4,000 people visit the town to enjoy the Art & Architecture Trail, where over 150 artists and designer makers exhibit in more than 70 venues.

Your visit: In previous years, overall artists have taken at least £40,000 in sales and more work was commissioned. 95% of artists thought the Festival was either “excellent” or “good”; 86% said their visitor numbers were either “excellent” or “good” and 74% are likely to apply to exhibit again.



EXHIBIT AT COLLECT 2018 - 22-25 February 2018

Deadline: 19 June 2017

Collect is the craft sector's premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world to present a stunning array of established and new talent. Since its launch in 2004, Collect has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world's leading fairs for contemporary applied art and the highlight of the craft calendar.

Why exhibit at Collect 2018?
Collect 2017 recieved over 14,000 visitors.
One in every five visitors comes to Collect to buy or commission work.
Collect private events attract a wide ranging audience made up of private collectors, curators, cultural professionals, funders and policy makers.
Close of show sales for Collect 2017 were estimated in excess of £1.5 million with a positive response from exhibitors for future business
We operate an extensive press and marketing campaign with a global reach including high-end publications, outdoor advertising and door to door collateral distribution.

Website: http://Crafts Council

For more information about exhibiting at Collect please contact us on, Email:

Harley Gallery: Call for entries Welbeck Winter Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th November 2017

Deadline: 3 July 2017

Applications are now open for stalls in the arts marquee at the Welbeck Winter Weekend, Stalls cost between £220 and £330 depending on your requirements.
If you require any further information, please contact Matthew Collins

Phone: 01909 501 700

Avebury Sculpture Exhibition 26 August to 1 October 2017

Deadline: 10 July 2017

Sculpture exhibition - request application form from Hazel at the National Trust Avebury

Email: ((
Phone: 01672 538036

Top Drawer/Craft 14-16 January 2018

Deadline: 31 July 2017

We are delighted to announce applications are now open for UK and international makers, groups and organisations to exhibit at the 6th edition of Top Drawer | Craft. Deadline for entries: 31 JULY 2017.

With limited spaces available, don’t miss your opportunity to present your work to an influential audience of over 15,000 creative retailers, department stores, galleries and museums at the UK’s fastest growing international trade event for contemporary makers.

Contact me today to discuss how to apply and book your preferred stand location. I look forward to receiving your application.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7384 7959