Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair & GNCCFonline

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths Manchester : 19-22 October 2023

GNCCFonline Spring: 20-21 May 2023

GNCCFonline Christmas: 2-3 December 2023

Boasting a national reputation, Great Northern Events organises the foremost selling fairs in the UK – including the flagship Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and GNCCFonline. We offer makers an unrivalled opportunity to put their work in front of an eager and savvy audience in a way that suits them and their buyers best.

“I’ve never participated in any other show that has been such a success for me and my practice.”  GNCCF 2022 exhibitor

Now in its 16th year, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is nationally renowned and is the place in the North of England to buy and commission exceptional handmade work direct from a selected line-up of professional designer-makers. 2023 will see this prestigious selling event return to the stunning Victoria Baths in Manchester, opening with a Private View on the evening of Thursday 19 October and then to the general public from Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October.

“I finally felt like I had found my audience. I'm full of confidence now that my business is on the right track” - GNCCF 2022 Exhibitor

GNCCF Manchester is complimented by two digital fairs, GNCCFonline, in May and December – again both selected selling events, attracting a discerning global audience of buyers. These online fairs offer an affordable and accessible way to present and market your work under the respected GNCCF brand.

“Extremely well organised and professionally run show that helps to raise your profile on social media and create new customers.” GNCCFonline 2022 Exhibitor

Applications are now invited from new and established designer-makers and recent graduates, working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, leather, wood, interior textiles, fashion design & accessories, mixed media, basket-making, product design, furniture, print-making and more. 

For all our fairs, we welcome applications from diverse and talented makers from the UK and abroad, whatever their background or professional qualifications, and particularly encourage applicants from those groups which are currently under-represented in the craft sector.

All exhibitors are selected for their excellence by a panel of craft experts, based on their submitted images. Successful applicants will benefit from extensive marketing and promotion and a range of affordable stand packages, including subsidised stands and table top/display only options for new and graduate makers. In the event the live event cannot go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions, full refunds will be given.

Great Northern Events, is a not for profit organisation and is supported by Arts Council England with public funding from the National Lottery. 


Victoria Baths, Manchester, England.

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Currier Museum Artist-in-Residence






The Currier Museum of Art invites applications for its Artist-in-Residence Program. Now in its third year, the program will award up to two residencies between fall 2023 and spring 2024. The awards will provide support for self-identified emerging artists (or groups of up to three artists) focused on social practice. Residencies may be for a period of 6 to 12 weeks between mid-October 2023 and mid-March 2024. The residency program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting audiences with art and creative thinking. This open call privileges social practice artists who share the goal of impacting people through the transformative power of art. It is free to apply and applications close on December 1, 2022.

Applicants must demonstrate a history of social engagement in their artmaking practice and production. Successful applicants will develop an innovative project with tangible outcomes that align with the tenets of their own practice, the mission of the museum, and the needs of the community with whom they will collaborate. Artists and small collectives (up to 3 people) working in any media are eligible to apply.

The Currier Museum encourages proposals from all communities. The museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Understanding that partnerships evolve throughout the relationship between artist and organization, we recognize the need for flexibility. Proposals do not need to include fully formed projects; rather, we invite artists to describe the type of issues they plan to address, the impact their previous projects have had, and their working styles. Examples of potential projects should be included, as well as a consideration of how your project could be achieved under ongoing physical distancing guidelines. Applicants may identify specific organizations or communities with whom they are interested in working, or overall issues and themes they would like to address. Currier Museum staff will contact community partners to assess feasibility. We ask that applicants do not contact potential community partners before being selected.

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Support for housing, travel, materials, and $1,000 a week stipend.
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The Currier Museum supports resident artists with a stipend of $1,000 per week, travel allowance up to $500, materials support, and housing in a fully furnished home. In most cases, artists may be able to have spouses/children accompany them. Service animals are welcome.

Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire
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Trooping the Corgi's




Altrincham to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with ‘Trooping the Corgis’ Art Event

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, Altrincham BID is working with Inch Arts to produce Altrincham’s largest town-wide art event, ‘Trooping the Corgis’.

The parading troop of fifty life-sized corgi sculptures will be on guard throughout June and will be displayed in the windows and foyers of shops and businesses around the town making the exhibition accessible to everyone.

Mandy White, Altrincham’s BID Manager explained, “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Inch Arts on this project. This is a unique opportunity for Altrincham and there has already been a lot of interest from the business community who are keen to get involved with this ambitious project.”

Jo Cushing, CEO Inch Arts explained, “Altrincham Corgis will be creatively designed and decorated by twenty-five specially selected inspirational artists. A further twenty-five will be decorated by Altrincham’s valuable community groups and wonderful local schools, working alongside an artist, to inspire creativity and inclusivity in our amazing town”.

After the exhibition the Corgis will be auctioned to support fundraising for Inch Arts, a well-established and important Altrincham-based arts charity set up 12 years ago to promote and support positive mental health and wellbeing through creativity, as well as encouraging people to develop artistic skills.

Inch Arts will be coordinating an Open Call inviting artists to submit their designs.  If you are an Altrincham town centre business, community group or school and would like more information about how you can get involved with the project please email:


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Open Call: Humour



AIR Gallery are seeking artworks relating to the theme of humour and joy. With everything that has happened and is currently happening  in the world; we want to shift the focus to something positive.

We are seeking works that can be (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Joyfulness and Happiness
  • Laughter 
  • Comedy and Humorous outlooks
  • Physical and Slapstick humour
  • Improvisation
  • Surreal humour
  • Topical humour
  • Dark Humour, Irony, Wit and Satire

​Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. There is no limit on medium and no cost to take part.

​All works must be complete and ready to show for May. Deadline is 17th April midnight GMT.  


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Call out: Dreaming with Machines

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Are you interested in algorithmic technologies, music production and sampling within your music? 

Join Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke for four days of making music with machine learning to create a series of audiovisual dreamscapes ready for transmission on the internet.

Machine learning is a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI), where neural networks detect patterns in sets of data and use them to make predictions. As an emerging field in music making, sonic AI has great potential for how we compose, generate material and collaborate with machines. 

Open to people of marginalised genders aged 18-30*, on this project you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of accessible tools to generate sound, text and images using a variety of open source training models. 

Together you’ll look at the work of groundbreaking artists and technologists working in the field and consider artistic, ethical and conceptual issues around bias, autonomy and creativity. 

There is no need to be able to code, the project is aimed at beginners! 

Dates and Location

5, 6, 9 and 10 May 2022
9.30am – 4.30pm
SeeSaw, Manchester, M1 6NG

We can cover travel costs for those who need it, plus a £25 daily allowance.

What’s Involved

On this project you will:

Learn about machine learning (a branch of AI) and how it can be used creatively for music making

Gain practical skills using a range of accessible tools and interfaces covering sound, text and image generation

Discuss our relationship to these emerging creative technologies and consider issues of bias, ethics and artistic autonomy

Create artworks; a series of dreamscapes and human-machine collaborations to share online


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Call out: Manchester Experimental Orchestra

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We’re looking for musicians aged 14-18 to take part in a project that explores the musical identity of Manchester.

Over two weekends in May and July you’ll make new music together that responds to the question:

What does Manchester sound like to you?

If you live and breathe this city and want to represent its musical identity, the Manchester Experimental Orchestra is perfect for you.

And don’t worry, it’s not that type of orchestra. 

We’re looking for musicians who play any instrument or genre of music. You could be a gospel singer, a producer, a guitarist, a rapper, a spoken word artist, a drummer, a violist or anything else!

To take part you just need to be:

A musician playing any instrument or genre of music

From or living in Manchester (with an M postcode)

Aged 14-18

Available for all the project dates below

Project dates

You’ll need to attend:

One weekend of making music and improvising on 7-8 May (10am-4pm) at The Bridgewater Hall

Two online Zoom workshops on 24th of May (6pm to 8pm) and 14th of June (6pm to 8pm)

One weekend rehearsing on 16-17 July (10am-4pm) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

An evening performance on 17 July (5-8pm) at the RNCM

The team

The kind of music you create will be entirely up to you, with guidance from:

DJ Balraj Samrai

Composer Steve Berry

Producer and vocalist Pops Roberts

Jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen

Oud player Rihab Azar

The project has been planned and developed with a team of young leaders who are also taking part as musicians. And you’ll also be supported by other artists including percussionists, gospel singers, violinists, ghaychak players and rappers!



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