Exhibit at Collect Open 2021

Like so many other organisations, the Crafts Council is reviewing its programming in light of COVID 19. For Collect 2021, we firmly believe that, for now, it is right to support the sector and continue planning for this important international event and the crucial commercial role it plays for so many galleries and artists and in bringing the sector together.

We are delighted, therefore, to announce that gallery applications for Collect Open 2021 are now LIVE. To support artists applying for Collect Open 2021, the application fee of £38.40 (inc VAT) is being waived for the 2021 Collect Fair. We very much encourage you to apply for this wonderful fair: there is no financial commitment until the autumn for selected proposals. We will continue to monitor the situation over the summer months and will keep you all updated.

Collect Open is an opportunity for individual artists or collaborations to exhibit alongside world-class galleries at Collect at Somerset House. Please see the Collect 2020 Overview to learn more about the fair and the benefits of taking part.

Collect Open welcomes and encourages thought-provoking, ambitious new proposals where individual artists or small collectives can demonstrate how they are pushing their creativity and practice.  Applications to Collect Open go through a phased selection process ensuring the idea and concept is approved as well as receiving Crafts Council project development and installation support.

Collect Open exhibitors enjoy a range of successes by exhibiting at Collect – from gaining gallery representation, to making strong contacts with museums and meeting high profile collectors, interior designers, curators and buyers.

Many makers attribute being selected for Collect Open as a turning point in their careers.

How to Apply

Click here to download the Collect Open Application Guidance pack

If you have any questions about applying to Collect Open please email collect@craftscouncil.org.uk

Please ensure you have read the Application Guidance pack to help you with your application.

Proposals deadline midnight 29th June 2020

APPLY NOW for Collect Open 2021

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Collect 2021

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Start Date

18th May 2020

Closing Date

29th June 2020