Applications for 2016’s show are open for Hereford Contemporary 


A new name and new city centre location for Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair. To reflect it’s new venue and development we have re-named it HEREFORD CONTEMPORARY.  The new venue is Left Bank, Hereford, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November.  Exhibitor set-up for the show will take place on Thursday 10 November.

2015 FAST FACTS:  Brightstripe for Culture

Average sale per exhibitor: £2,034            

98% visitors thought that the quality was good or excellent                

98% visitors would recommend this event to others                 



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    Selection will take place on April 8th April, followed by an invited only stage.


If you have received an email telling you applications are open, you are on our Hereford Contemporary Application Prompter List.  If you’d like to be on this list, email with your name and address, and ask to be added to the Craft Fair Application Prompter Mailing List,  once you’re on this list you’ll receive a reminder email each year stating when registration is due to open.

For information, please read all before applying:

2016 Applications can only be made online by clicking here. Once you have submitted your online application, you need to post six high quality photographs or clearly printed digital images to: Brightstripe – Cultural Health CIC, College Road, Hereford, HR1 1EB. Each image must be labelled with your name, size of actual work, medium and date each piece of work was made, and if possible include an image of one of your stands at a recent craft event. Images should, as far as possible, be of recent work or reflect the nature/style of work intended to be shown in November. Please note that CDs, computer files and e-mail images aren’t acceptable for selection, and won’t be considered.

Selection Criteria: Applications are invited from contemporary artists and designer makers working in non-traditional and traditional media.  Selection of approximately eighty artist/makers will consider the quality of design, execution, technical skill and reflect a variety of media and styles.

Selection: Selection will take place on 8th April and the panel will be; Aine Venables, Delyth Done, Clair Hodgson, Leoni Linton, Marissa Harmon, Mel Potter and Sylvia Stiff.  Applicants will be informed of the selection panel’s decisions week commencing 11th April. We regret that we can’t provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

 Aine Venables – Aine lectures on the BA (Hons) Illustration course at HCA, she strives to make student learning engaging, client–led and relevant. She also has her own illustration practice exhibiting and selling widely nationally and internationally. Aine works as a consultant to the Hay Festival, designing brochures, branding and stage designs for the Festival in Wales and for their international festivals.

 Delyth Done – Del graduated from the RCA in 1996 with a MA Ceramics and has worked in a range of UK colleges and universities in teaching, management, curriculum development, validation and as an external examiner. She now leads a team of lecturing staff at Hereford College of Arts, which has a long-standing reputation for delivering and evolving craft-based, and internationally renowned programmes. Del is the Course Leader for the MA in Contemporary Crafts and BA (Hons) in Artist Blacksmithing.

 Clair Hodgson – Clair worked as a freelance designer maker for design consultancies before gaining a ‘Setting Up’ grant from the Crafts Council and moved from London to Wobage Farm Craftworkshops. Working in silver and gold to create wearable pieces, she collaborates with the seven other makers, in 3 x annual exhibitions at the Wobage Makers Gallery, including h.Art. Clair currently teaches on the BA (hons) Contemporary Design Crafts and BA (hons) Jewellery course at HCA.

 Leoni Linton – Currently Brightstripe lead on Communities. Previously 6-year coordinator of h.Art and Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, freelance events-coordinator and theatre stage manager, performance and music artist.

Marissa Harmon – Trained in Creative Arts now specialising in knitted textiles under the label, Marissa Thereze. Marissa runs Machine Knitting courses, is a member of Creative Breaks, Artsite Three Studios and the Operational Manager of the Old Mayor’s Parlour (Gallery@OMP) on behalf of the Church Street Charitable Trust.

 Mel Potter – Mel has worked in the arts for over 30 years – starting as a designer jeweller, doing commission work, selling through galleries, such as Electrum Gallery and a founder member and co-ordinator of ‘Alloy’ jewellers group.  This led onto working for Herefordshire Council’s Art team and becoming lead for the Arts Service, where she initiated a wide range of arts projects, partnerships and events such as h.Art.  Now working as Development Director for Brightstripe and Lead on Cultural Events – Hereford Arts Markets, h.Art and Hereford Contemporary.

 Sylvia Stiff – Originally trained as a textile designer before spending many years in art & design education, teaching both at further and higher education levels. Sylvia has exhibited work nationally and she continues her creative career as a photographer and printmaker.  Alongside this work, she supports Brightstripe in an administrative capacity, and provides assistance to a number of small creative businesses in the county, on a freelance basis.

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Exhibition Stands: In all size stands, each exhibitor is allocated a three-sided white painted stand (or can opt to have one side open),  and one 3 point socket which can be used to power a maximum of 500 watts.    Exhibitors are recommended to bring their own lights and display system to fit within the stand. For makers of larger work (such as furniture), there are a limited number of Large stands available. 

Fees for 2016 (majority held at 2015 rates):

  • Small (floor space: 1.52m x 1m (side partition wall is 0.76mm)): £279.51 + £55.90 VAT = £335.41
  • New Business Support small stand (floor space: 1.52m x 1m (side partition wall is 0.76mm)): £166.67 + £33.33 = £200
  • Standard (floor space: 2m x 1m (side partition wall is 0.76mm)): £399.03 + £79.81 VAT = £478.84
  • Shared standard (two exhibitors) (floor space: 2m x 1m (side partition wall is 0.76mm)): £445 + £89 VAT = £534
  • Demonstrating  large stand (floor space: 3m x 1mm (side partition wall is 0.76mm)): £375 + £75 VAT =£450
  • Large scale stand (floor space: 3m x 1mm (side partition wall is 0.76mm)): £39425 + £85 VAT = £510
  • Outside Business Stand in Kate’s Square (courtyard), Left Bank (size of space subject to availability, please discuss your requirements) from £300 + £60 VAT
  • Unmanned large sculpture outside (ground space 2m square) £50 + £10 VAT

No commission is taken on sales.  Exhibitor details and image will be included in the printed flyer. Sharing of any artists’ media coverage will feature under News on Brightstripe website.

Payment: Applicants successful in selection will be invoiced for the whole stand cost, on 22nd April. Payment must be received within 14 days, if payment is not received within this time, the place will be made available to another maker from the reserves list.

Terms and Conditions: By submitting the application form you, the artist/maker (if successful in being selected), agree: 1. That information on the How To Take Part page has been read and understood. 2. That the information submitted on this form is correct, and where stated, is for publication in Hereford Contemporary publicity. 3. To make prompt payment of any Hereford Contemporary fees due – fees must be received by Brightstripe within 14 days of you receiving the invoice, otherwise you will lose your place. 4. That once payment has been made to Brightstripe – Cultural Health CIC for Hereford Contemporary  it is non-refundable. 5. That any images you submit may be used for Hereford Contemporary  publicity purposes (e.g. posters, press releases etc). 6. That the publicity editor reserves the right to alter / edit entries to fit the available space, correct errors or improve clarity. 7. To ensure that you are covered by Public Liability Insurance for the duration of Hereford Contemporary . 8. To complete and return an evaluation form at the end of Hereford Contemporary.

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