Updated: Oct 22, 2019
This year I took part in the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester. I was only able to do this thanks to Marketplace Studios where I work and hold a studio. This meant that I was able to attend the event without worrying about the costs and pressures of holding a stall on my own. We shared the stall amongst us studio holders and displayed a few pieces of each person’s work.
I was able to learn a lot from the more experienced makers and sellers amongst us as well as finding it a great way of getting a taster of the event through the eyes of a maker selling their work and not just as a shopper.
I met some inspiring makers and learnt from them as well as catching up with some familiar faces. The show overall provided me with a really high standard that I wanted my new work to reach as well as provided a good deadline to have this work finished by.
After this taster experience at the GNCCF, I feel a lot more confident that I could set up my own stand at future Great Northern events. I also feel better equipped when applying for and taking part in more prestigious shows. I would have liked to have made more sales on behalf of the studio holders taking part, however we were able to promote the studios and our future events directly to our audience so it will be interesting to see what comes of that.
If you took part in the GNCCF this year, did you learn anything new from your experience?