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Folksy Summer Exhibition 2024

Folksy Summer Exhibition 2024

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How to apply for the Folksy Summer Exhibition 2024

After the success of the first Folksy Summer Exhibition last year, we’re delighted to announce that the show is returning this August and this time it’s sponsored by fellow champions of craft Find A Maker, Fred Aldous and Pedddle.

Our Summer Exhibition is designed to celebrate the talent on Folksy, and highlight the incredible range of art and craft created by our makers. As last year, the show will include pieces available for sale, alongside original pieces that our artists and makers can’t bear to part with it, or that have already sold but have a special place in their creator’s heart.

If you like what you see, you’ll be able to go straight from that piece to the artist or maker’s Folksy shop where you can explore all the pieces they currently have for sale, or commission them to make something especially for you.

This year we are especially proud to announce that the event is supported by Find A Maker, Fred Aldous and Pedddle. These champions of craft will be sponsoring the Outstanding Piece Award. Read more about that below.

To accompany the Folksy Summer Exhibition we will also be running a selling show called the Folksy Fringe, which will feature pieces available to buy from the artists and makers included in the exhibition, as well as other pieces that didn’t quite make it into the show but which we thought we too good not to show off somewhere.

How to enter

The exhibition is open to everyone – you just need to have a Folksy Plus account to apply – become a member here or upgrade in your Folksy dashboard. All entries will be reviewed by our judging panel and the selected pieces will go on show in our online Summer Exhibition in August 2024.

All submissions will be considered for the Summer Exhibition as well as the Folksy Fringe. For the Folksy Fringe event we may choose a piece available to buy in your Folksy shop, rather than a piece you submitted for the exhibition. This will be a curatorial decision based on how the show looks as a whole.

We will email everyone during the week of 22 July 2024 to inform you whether or not you have been successful.

Information for exhibitors

  • The exhibition is open to all Folksy Plus members. (Not Folksy Plus? Sign up here)
  • It’s free to apply.
  • You can submit up to three different pieces.
  • All pieces submitted must be original and made by you.
  • The work submitted does not have to be available for sale. 
  • Entries open on Saturday 1 June 2024 and close at midnight on Sunday 30 June 2024
  • All entries will go in front of our judging panel, who will choose the final pieces to go on display in our online exhibition during August 2024. 
  • The selected entries will be displayed in a dedicated exhibition page online at Folksy.com with the title of the piece, the name of the artist or maker and a link to their Folksy shop. 

Submit your pieces using this form.

Good luck! Any questions, email us at events@folksy.co.uk.

Outstanding Piece Award

This year we are proud to introduce the ‘Outstanding Piece Award’ supported by our sponsors. Our panel of judges – comprising representatives from our fantastic exhibition sponsors Find A Maker, Fred Aldous and Pedddle as well as members of the Folksy team – will first select a longlist of 20 exhibitors in contention for the award (to be announced on or around 14th August). From that list they will choose a shortlist of 8 pieces (to be announced on or around 21st August). The final winner and two runners-up will be announced at the end of August. 

The winner of the Outstanding Piece Award will receive:

  • £100 to spend at Fred Aldous
  • a one-year Pedddle membership
  • a place on the prestigious Find A Maker directory
  • £100 to spend on Folksy
  • a feature on the Folksy homepage
  • a feature on the Folksy Blog and in the Folksy newsletter

Two runners-up will each receive £50 to spend on Folksy, plus features on the Folksy blog, social media and in the Folksy newsletter. 

Terms and conditions of the Outstanding Piece Award:
The Award is open to all those who submit work for the Folksy Summer Exhibition 2024 via the application form between 1 June 2024 and 23.59 (UK time) on 30 June 2024 and who are selected for the exhibition. Only pieces that meet the exhibition criteria set out above and are selected for the exhibition will be considered. These dates may be subject to change but, upon launch, the longlist is due to be announced on 14 August 2024; the shortlist will be announced on 21 August 2024; and the runners-up and winner will be announced on 28 August 2024. Winners will be chosen by our panel of judges. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternative will be offered. If the winner is already a member of Pedddle they will receive an additional year’s membership for free. The winners will be notified by the email address submitted in the application form or registered in their seller user profile on Folksy. If Folksy is unable to reach winners via the registered email, they may forfeit their right to the prizes and privileges afforded to the winners. By entering the exhibition, participants agree to accept Folksy’s full terms and conditions and privacy policy. Folksy will share the prize winner’s name, Folksy shop name and social media ‘handle’ on Folksy.com and our social media channels. We do not accept any liability concerning unforeseen issues such as technical faults impacting the entry process or prize distribution. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions, extend the exhibition duration, entry dates or cancel the promotion if necessary, with appropriate notification. If you have a complaint or wish to dispute any aspect of the exhibition or awards please contact support@folksy.co.uk. This award is run within the jurisdiction of UK law.

FAQs

Q: Do I have to submit all my pieces in one go? Can I submit one now and maybe submit another later if it’s finished in time?
A: You can go back and add additional pieces to your submission at any point before the deadline. However, you may only submit a maximum of three pieces in total. 

Q: How do I edit my entry or submit an additional piece?
A: When you have submitted your entry, you will receive an email confirmation, which includes a button to “Edit Your Response”. Click this button to make changes to your entry and/or submit an additional piece for consideration (up to a maximum of three pieces per artist/maker). You can make changes until the submission deadline.

Q: I submitted three pieces but now I’ve changed my mind. Can I change my entry?
A: You can. Use the “Edit Your Response” button in the confirmation email as outlined above. However, you will not be able to delete any images already submitted, and you may only submit three entries in total. So after adding your new entry/entries, contact us at events@folksy.co.uk telling us which images you would like us to remove.

Q: What image formats do you accept?
A: Please submit your images as either jpgs or png files. Upload the highest-quality image you can. Consider that your photo is your opportunity to showcase your work at its best, so make it as good as you can. Do not use collages, add watermarks or borders, or any other filters/graphics to your photographs.  

Q: What name should I give my image files
A: Title your image files with the name of your Folksy shop and submission number so we can easily identify them – eg: “craftshop-1”

Q: Help! I’m having problems uploading my images.
A: Don’t worry! You can always email your images to us at events@folksy.co.uk instead. Just remember to include your shop name and the titles of each piece. 

Q: Who will be judging the entries and what is the criteria?
A: The judging panel will be members of the Folksy team, supported by our exhibition sponsors. We will be looking for examples of art and craft that showcase skill, creativity and craftsmanship.

Q: How many pieces will be included in the exhibition?
A: This depends on the quantity and quality of submissions. 

Q: Do the pieces need to be available to buy on Folksy to be considered for the exhibition? What if the work has already been sold?
A: The entries you submit for the exhibition do not need to be available for sale. They can be pieces you are particularly proud of that you either don’t want to sell or that have already been sold. All pieces included the exhibition will include a link to your Folksy shop, so visitors can buy other pieces that you do have available. 

Q: Do I need to have an active Folksy shop to apply for the exhibition 
A: Yes. You will need to have at least some items available for people to buy in your shop when the panel is judging the entries and when the exhibition launches in August. 

Q: But I’m going on holiday! Does that mean I can’t be in the exhibition?
A: As long as your shop will be open during some of August, that’s absolutely fine! While you’re away you can either choose to set your shop in holiday mode or you can use the ‘Shop Announcement’ feature to tell customers that any orders placed between x and x date will be posted on your return. To avoid any disappointment, we advise also updating your shipping times to cover the period you are away. 

Q: Do I need to be a Folksy Plus member to be included in the exhibition?
A: Yes, you need to be a Folksy Plus member to apply. The exhibition forms part of the benefits Folksy Plus shops receive as part of their membership. Unfortunately if you are not a Folksy Plus member during June and July when the judging panel meets, your entry will not be considered. You can upgrade to Folksy Plus for £7.50 a month here – https://folksy.com/selling

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