Call to Makers – ‘In the Window’ Exhibition Opportunity

Posted 10.06.22

The Bluecoat Display Centre are offering an exciting opportunity for an Irish maker to display their work for one month ‘In the Window’ between 1 – 31 October 2022 as part of Liverpool Irish Festival 2022 (#LIF2022), supported by Design & Crafts Council Ireland.

Emerging and established designers, applied artists and makers – living and working in Ireland – are invited to submit work related to the Festival theme of ‘Hunger’. For more information about the theme for 2022, please visit the #LIF2022 website.

The deadline for submission is 9am on Monday 27 June 2022, with announcement of the selection made within 6 weeks. Please visit the Bluecoat Display Centre website for criteria and submission requirements.

This is an incredible chance to:

  • receive an exhibition in an award-winning gallery (Bluecoat Display Centre), which is itself housed in the oldest combined arts centre in the country (Bluecoat) and in one of the busiest city centre shopping complexes in Britain (Liverpool One)
  • feature in a 20-30k run of the Festival newspaper along with other Festival promotional materials
  • involve new audiences in your work, via an online event during the Festival
  • sell your work
  • increase your profile with an active buying market
  • expand your portfolio

Ideally, you will want to share your work, process and ‘brand’ and therefore you will be prepared to:

  • take part in an online (or in-person, funds and chances allowing) studio event as part of the Festival, that allows the audience to meet you and your work (not critical, but desirable)
  • answer questions about your work for an article (via email)
  • have an online presence to promote, which you will share details of in your application (not essential, but we hope to help promote you and your work, so this would be beneficial).

DCCI will contribute up to €500 for transport costs.

For seven years the Bluecoat Display Centre has partnered the Liverpool Irish Festival, selecting a contemporary Irish maker to exhibit ‘In the Window’ for the month of October. This year, we would like the selected maker to link in to #LIF2022’s theme ‘Hunger’. We invite submissions and designs from producers working in:

  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery
  • Glass
  • Textiles, including constructed textiles
  • Wood, including basketry
  • Metal, including precious metals
  • Paper, leatherwork and mixed media
  • Employing new technologies or traditional techniques

We are open to other applied forms, too, but reiterate: this is not a fine art call. Paintings, photography and other fine art forms will not be considered. Open to any professional Irish craft maker living and working in Ireland, in any discipline, although consideration should be given to suitability for display ‘In the Window’.

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