The 2018 Art & Architecture Trail will be on 15th & 16th September.
CALL FOR ARTISTS – MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ART & ARCHITECTURE TRAIL – CLOSING DATE 7th APRIL 2018.
Planning is now underway for the Art and Architecture Trail at Melbourne Festival 2018, the Trail will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018. Below are details of what you will need to do to apply for selection to exhibit on this years Art and Architecture Trail.
What is the Melbourne Festival ? The Melbourne Festival is a creative and visual arts festival. The Festival was launched in 2005 and has been extremely successful. Last year we had great publicity, over 5000 visitors and feedback from both artists and visitors was extremely positive. Approximately half of artists selected to take part in the Trail will be invited from the artists who exhibited last year, the remainder will be selected from the applications received from new artists and other artists who have exhibited in previous years. We offer places to approximately 120 – 150 artists each year. Our aim is to keep Melbourne Festival fresh, to this end we plan to rotate artists who have previously exhibited between venues and rest some of our past artists each year to enable some new artists to take part.
This year we intend to build upon the success of the previous years of this event. We are planning crafts, art, music, educational workshops and demonstrations. The Festival is not for profit organisation and is still run by a group of like minded volunteers committed to encouraging creativity in all its forms in Melbourne and South Derbyshire.
Where is Melbourne? Melbourne is a picturesque, old market town set in the rural landscape of South Derbyshire on the edge of the National Forest. It is home to Melbourne Hall and Melbourne Parish Church (one of the finest Norman buildings in the Midlands). The local community is full of people with an interest in the Arts and has many societies and community groups. It is a creative, vibrant community. (Type DE73 8EJ into Google Map for location).
What is the Arts Trail? Melbourne Festival Arts Trail is a mapped trail of venues in a series of easy walking loops throughout the heart of Melbourne. Each venue houses selected artists exhibition their work for sale to the visiting public. Venues comprise of all the available public, church and civic buildings, various open spaces and rooms in local residents homes. For previous Trails we were successful in persuading many residents to open their homes, giving us some stunning venues and providing an exciting and diverse trail– each year there are approximately 70 venues.
When? The Arts Trail this year will take place over the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September 2018. Artists will be able to set up on Friday evening, although early access may be possible to allow set up on Saturday morning in some venues. The trail will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The exhibitions are taken down at 5pm on Sunday evening. We can supply and erect display boards (6ft high by 4ft wide, MDF, cream) where required allowing you to present work to very high standards and so helping to encourage sales.
Note: All makers are required to be present at their exhibition during the opening hours of the trail on both days and work must be for sale, unless previously agreed.
What do we want? We want contemporary artists and makers, working in all materials, creating original work of any size. We are looking for a diverse range of craft and fine art makers to exhibit in any medium. It should be noted that whilst most of our venues are indoors we have secured some very good outdoor venues for suitable work.
The selection criteria for work submitted is as follows:
- Work should be innovative, imaginative, original and engaging.
- The work should be of excellent quality in both materials and application.
- The work should not be offensive.
- The work should be of safe and sound condition and suitable for public display.
Deadline for submissions. The deadline for submissions for the Arts Trail is 7th April 2018. All artists will be informed of the decision regarding their submission by the end of May when we have matched all selected artists to suitable host venues. All details regarding venues and facilities will be advised at this time. If you haven’t heard whether you have been successful by mid-June please contact the Festival Office – email@example.com.
Fees. We do not charge an application fee. We will however take a fee of £80.00 from those artists who are selected for the Arts Trail (£50.00 for Artists in their own home / studio). We will collect this fee from the successful artists / makers in advance of the event. Allocation of space will be dependent on receipt of the fee, the fee is payable by 30th June 2018. This fee contributes towards advertising, publicity and the general running of the Festival. We do not take commission on sales.
What to send us: Arts Trail. If you would like to submit your work for exhibition in the Arts Trail please send a covering email / letter with full contact details and 6 – 8 clear images of your work with descriptions such as title, medium and sizes attached. Please make sure that all images are clear, in focus and faithful to your work. See the Image / Document Requirements below. Please send us a CV / Artists statement as well if you wish.
Image / Document Requirements. Please submit applications and images by email or on a Memory Stick or CD by post.
Email / CD. If you are sending your submission by email please save your images as JPEGs on medium compression (level 3 – 4). Try to keep the image file size to around 250Kb – if necessary split images into 2 sets to email. Title the files with your name and number in sequence (e.g. sbrown1.jpeg). Do not include fullstops in the title (they will confuse the computer). Text files such as statements and CV’s should be sent as Word files, however pdf files are acceptable. If you are sending images by CD the image files should also be sent as 250Kb JPEG’s. If you send large files or a different format, or prints, the images loaded onto the website may not be as you sent them or may be delayed due to amount of work required to reformat. Due to number of applications submitted we do not automatically acknowledge receipt of all entries, however, we do contact ALL artists at end of May. Please do not send orginal artwork.
Demonstrations. We are looking for some makers to demonstrate on the Trail at the same time as exhibiting their work. We need to know quite specific details with regard to your activity for health and safety reasons and in order to find a suitable venue. If you are interested in demonstrating please send details with your Trail Submission and we will gladly consider it.
Send your submissions to:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Sharon Brown, Director, Melbourne Festival, 49 Church Street, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8EJ.
If you want posted materials returned please include an SAE.
Don’t forget closing date is 7th April 2018.
- We have extended date one week as 31st March is Easter Saturday.
Further details of the events will be updated on our website www.melbournefestival.co.uk and any information specifically relating to exhibiting Artists will follow upon successful submission.
We are all looking forward to another successful and enjoyable Festival.
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CONTACT THE ARTISTS EXHIBITING AT MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ART & ARCHITECTURE TRAIL 2017
The full list of last years Artists is below and images are in our Gallery.
|Lizzie Adcock||Blackwork and Pewter||arumliliedesigns.co.uk|
|Keith Ayling – MisterKeith||Photographer & Musician||keithayling.com|
|Jane Bevan||Sculptural Wood||janebevan.co.uk|
|Natasha Braithwaite||B/W Photographer||natashabraithwaite.co.uk|
|Barry D Bulsara||Printmaker||barrydbulsara.com|
|Leigh Burrows||Lilac Pearl Textiles||lilacpearltextiles.co.uk|
|Barbara Colbert||Charcoal & Paintemail@example.com|
|Stephen Coley||Mixed Media||stephen-coley.com/blog|
|Del Coombs||Mixed Media||bottled-glass.co.uk|
|Ross Danby||Stone Sculpturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roger Davies||Metal Sculpture||rogerdaviesart.co.uk|
|Stevie Davies||Fused Glass||stevie-davies.co.uk|
|Terry Davies||Fine Art Photographer||lens-scape.co.uk|
|Caroline Dyke||Print Designeremail@example.com|
|Liz Emery||Felt Artist||lizemeryfelt.com|
|Les Flint||Jeweller – Recycled Silver||lesflintjeweller.wordpress.com|
|Mat and Lindsay Gardner||Wood||whynotwood.co.uk|
|Paul and Janet Gibson||Ceramics and Jewellery||greenmanceramics.co.uk|
|Amanda Glanville||Lampwork Glass||earringcafe.co.uk|
|Helen Hallows||Mixed Media||helenhallows.com|
|John Handley||Sculptural Vessels||jh-ceramics.com|
|Sue Heale||Acrylics & Resin||sueheale.com|
|Michelle Holmes||Mixed Media||archangelstudio.co.uk|
|Mark Langley||Pencil Drawings||mark-langley.com|
|Olivier Leger||Pen & Ink Artist||olivierleger.co.uk|
|Michelle Lewis – Coco Zadora||Silk Scarves||cocozadora.com|
|Alison Linnell,||Felt Maker||feltings.co.uk|
|Zoe Marsh||Ceramic Artist||zoemarsh.com|
|Robin Mason||Landscape Artist||robinmasonart.com|
|Andy Mayers||Mixed Media||andymayers.peakartist.co.uk|
|Steven McLoughlin||Landscape Artist||stevenmcloughlin.co.uk|
|Sue McNair||Ceramics Wallhangings||sumacdesigns.co.uk|
|Deborah Miles||Mixed Media||deborahmilesdesign.co.uk|
|Lesley Nason||Ceramic Artist & Jewellery||lesleynasonceramics.co.uk|
|Ian Patrick Palmer||Sculpture Ceramics||ianpatrickpalmer.com|
|Jonathan Palmer||B/W Photographerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DZR – Stephen Parker||Ceramic Sculptureemail@example.com|
|Thomas Petit||Blown Glass||thomaspetitglass.com|
|Kerri Pratt||Fine Artist||axisweb.org/p/kerripratt|
|Nicola Rawlings SEED||Jeweller||seed-designs.co.uk|
|Peter Rix -Rix & Co||Rocking Horses||rixand.co|
|Anna Roebuck||Recycled Plastic and Glass||themakinghouse.org|
|David William Sampson||Ceramics||davidwilliamsampson.com|
|Kate Sell||Mosaic Mirrors||gardenreflections.co.uk|
|Claire Simpson||Paper Sculptures||storiesunderstones.weebly.com/exhibitions-installations-and-work-on-show.html|
|Lottie Smith||Knitted & Sewn Textiles||folksy.com/shops/LoveLottieKnits|
|Jeni Smith||Mixed Media||jenismith.co.uk|
|Lynn Hazel Smith||Animal Sculptures||lynnhazel.co.uk|
|Adrian Stapleton – Trinity Forge||Blacksmith||trinityforge.co.uk|
|Helen Sutherland||Silk Scarves||helensutherland.com|
|Mat Tacey||The Green Woodpeckerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Steve Tandy||Still Life Artistemail@example.com|
|Duncan Thurlby||Metal Sculptor||duncanthurlbysculpturegallery.co.uk|
|David Turner||Sculptural Ironwork||davetheblacksmith.co.uk|
|Niki Walters||Fused Glass||nikijwalters.co.uk|
|Connie Wan-Docksey||Paper Cuts||thetinymaker.com|
|Matthew Warburton||Aluminium Art||aluminiumart.co.uk|