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Artists and Collectives - Exhibit at Collect Open 2021

Margo Selby - Collect Open 2020. Photo by Iona Wolff.


We are delighted to announce that gallery applications for Collect Open 2021 are NOW LIVE. 

The Crafts Council founded Collect in 2004 and since then it has become a major moment on the international cultural calendar. It is the only gallery-presented fair dedicated to contemporary craft and design and welcomes over 40 galleries from around the world each year. 

Collect Open provides an opportunity for individual artists or collaborations to exhibit alongside world-class galleries. It welcomes and encourages thought-provoking, ambitious new proposals where individual artists or small collaborations can demonstrate how they are pushing their creativity and practice.  

Many previous Collect Open exhibitors cite it as a turning point in their careers. 

Like many other organisations, the Crafts Council is reviewing its programming in light of COVID 19.  For now, we firmly believe it is right to support the sector and continue planning for the next edition of Collect which will take place at Somerset House from 25-28 February 2021 (Preview 24 Feb).  This international event plays a crucial commercial role for galleries and artists alike in bringing the sector together.

Consequently, we are waiving the application for Collect Open.  For successful applicants, there is no financial commitment towards Collect until the autumn. We will continue to monitor the situation over the summer months in order to make the best decisions about the fair and all its exhibitors. 

Click here to download the  Collect Open Application Guidance pack along with the Collect 2020 Overview to learn more about the fair and the benefits of taking part.

If you have any questions about applying to Collect Open please email collect@craftscouncil.org.uk

How to Apply

Please ensure you have read the Application Guidance pack to help you with your application. 

Proposals deadline midnight 29th June 2020

APPLY NOW for Collect Open 2021

Testimonials from Collect Open 2020

"It was fantastic! I sold my Collect Open installation at the fair to a private collector. I was approached by a few different gallery owners and asked if I would exhibit with them in the future. I had enquiries for private commissions. I had amazing PR opportunities in the run up to the fair and I sold other work (not on exhibit at Collect) because of my raised profile." Annette Marie Townsend, 2020 Collect Open exhibitor

"This has been an amazing, daunting, challenging, overwhelming privilege. Working with the everyone in the Crafts Council, getting to know the other makers, meeting the expectations of what Collect Open participant should do, create the artwork, presenting this to such a warm, friendly audience has been amazing, thank you."Jacky Oliver, 2020 Collect Open exhibitor