This year Handmade in Britain is working again in association with ARTS THREAD to offer 6 talented new graduates the chance to exhibit their work in the fourth edition of the successful New Graduate Showcase. Designer-makers will display their work in a dedicated gallery area and will also have the opportunity to attend a specialised workshop with ARTS THREAD and Piyush Suri, aimed at preparing graduates for the show and offering invaluable business advice to support their future careers.

View the New Graduate Showcase designer-makers from Handmade in Britain 2015 on ARTS THREAD


To apply Simply upload 5 to 10 images of work you would wish to show at HANDMADE IN BRITAIN to your ARTS THREAD portfolio & then complete our online HANDMADE IN BRITAIN 2016 Entry Form

Location/Experience: 2015 or 2016 graduates from UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) art schools and colleges.

How: Upload a minimum of 5 to 10 images (Please add information on size and techniques used) to your ARTS THREAD portfolio – login or register to create a portfolio account & then complete our online HANDMADE IN BRITAIN 2016 Entry Form

Entry: Free to apply and stand cost is £300 +VAT (£360) for a 1×1 metre space within the New Graduate Showcase. Alongside your allocated gallery space, the cost includes:

  • Exclusive graduate workshop with Piyush Suri on exhibiting, costs and business advice.
  • Extensive press and publicity campaign and online event promotion in association with Arts Thread.
  • Online listing with image on Handmade in Britain website.
  • Coverage on Arts Thread and Handmade in Britain social media channels, website and blog.
  • A colour image, write up and contact details in the show magazine.
  • Complimentary tickets and private view invitations for your buyers and guests.
  • Printed and digital promotional material for distribution within your networks.
  • 24 hour security at the event.
  • Porters for set-up/break-down assistance.

Deadline for applications: August 31 2016 MIDNIGHT GMT


Handmade in Britain invites applications from designer–makers of contemporary craft, who produce their work in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and work in the following areas: fashion design & accessories, interior design & accessories, textiles, glass, jewellery, paper, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings. The organisers seek to provide a balance of craft disciplines in order to provide the visitors with a broad range of work. If your work does not reflect the above categories, please get in touch with us to discuss what you do.

Applications are assessed by Arts Thread and Handmade in Britain and assessment is based principally on the images supplied. Additional information on the application form may be used for press and publicity purposes once exhibitors have been selected.

Makers must demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of the making process and provenance of materials used. The maker must have applied their craft skills directly in the creation of the work exhibited. They must have also given consideration to the commercial viability of the work, both in terms of its pricing and appeal to consumers.

Handmade at Britain is marketed to and attracts professional, international and UK consumer and trade buyers; retailers from both independent boutiques and major retail stores; museums and galleries; design, interiors and fashion industry professionals; corporate and public sector buyers and collectors; local residents; tourists; shoppers and craft/design collectors. Selected press, buyers, media and VIPs are also invited to attend our private view opening evening.

Marketing & Promotion

  • London Underground poster campaign
  • Flyer distribution in all major London venues, galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and universities
  • Private view invitation to key contacts – including media, trade buyers and collectors
  • Media partnerships with specialist publications, local and national press
  • Advertising campaign across relevant print and digital media
  • Regular Newsletters to our 5000+ strong mailing list
  • Social media campaign to 44,000+ (Feb 2015) followers
  • Cross promotion with relevant groups and organisations