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:

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park - Park Life event Sunday 25 June 2017

Deadline: ?

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, in Warwickshire
Following the success of previous years, we have developed the 2017 ‘Park Life’ programme to include a new music stage which will showcase folk music and we are expanding our fun programme for the arena. There will be plenty of demonstrations and activities which showcase and celebrate traditional, rural and heritage skills, as well as the best of crafts and artisan products.

All of this will take place in our beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown grounds, by the lake and Georgian mansion house.

If you would like to join us and are interested in having a trade stand (only £40), please contact me directly.


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

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Deadline: 28 February 2017

M T S A is the most significant award for emerging artists working in sculpture in the UK, offering £8,000 in financial support for the production of new work & a solo exhibition in 2018

S E L E C T O R S : Alison Wilding RA, Artist Denise De Cordova, Artist Beth Collar, Winner MTSA 2016 Rebecca Scott, Artist, Mark Tanner Trust

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional emerging sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials.

There is no age limit, applicants will be judged on the quality of their work and the ability of the award to make beneficial impact on their practice and future development.

Eligibility: Applicants must be established residents of the UK. We are now able to accept applications from artists based across the UK.
Students in current education are not eligible to apply. This applies to BA and MA students, or equivalent, but NOT to those undertaking postgraduate research work leading to a PhD/Mphil/MLitt/ MRes

For full details go to our website


S t a n d p o i n t 45 Coronet Street | Hoxton | N1 6HD

Pots and Plants 2017: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017

Deadline: 14th February 2017

Following the successful launch of Pots and Plants this year, we are pleased to confirm Gregynog Hall will be hosting Pots and Plants 2017 on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017.

Pots and Plants aims to promote high quality studio ceramics, made for use or display in the garden, and unusual plants from specialist nurseries through a two-day weekend event in a beautiful and historic garden setting. It offers makers and nurseries a unique opportunity to reach new audiences in mid-Wales and the borders.

Gregynog Hall is a historic house with Grade 1 listed gardens set in the heart of rural Montgomeryshire. Its former owners Gwendoline and Margaret Davies established it as a centre of excellence for the arts and culture in Wales.
The formal gardens are surrounded by ancient parkland and wood-pasture habitats, which have been described by CADW as ‘one of the most important parks and gardens in Powys, dating from at least 1500’s.

The event is supported by the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, a Conservation and Heritage Organization set up to protect and conserve historic garden and park landscapes of Wales.

For further information about the event and to book a stand at next year’s event, please contact:
Joy Sisley, Pots and Plants, Street Farm, Geuffordd, Nr. Welshpool, Powys SY21 9DR. Tel: 01938 590 230

Website for info about Gregynog Hall:


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

SCULPT AT KEW: 9 September to Sunday 15th October 2017

Deadline: 28 February 2017

We're excited to announce the relaunch of SCULPT AT KEW in Kew Gardens for 2017! Bringing together the beautiful natural surroundings of the iconic gardens with stunning, man-made creations, this outdoor sculpture trail will provide a unique opportunity for artists to show and sell their work whilst allowing the public to enjoy both the sculptures for sale and the gardens themselves. All work exhibited will be available to purchase or commission.

Applications are invited worldwide from international contemporary artists working in: MARBLE, BRONZE CERAMICS, POTTERY, GLASS, METAL, STONE, WOOD and GARDEN, WATER & FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE.



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.



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

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.