Open call for the 2020 Makers’ Festival Exhibition

Summary and Open Call for the Makers’ Festival Exhibition

A message from the organisers of the 2020 Makers’ Festival:

In our 2020 Makers’ Festival we have not one but two exhibitions including a trail right through the event. The open calls are live now so if anyone is interested drop us a wee message via our contact page and we can email the forms accords to you. Everyone is most welcome to submit. Closing date for applications is Monday 30th April.

Brodick Castle is hosting its 2nd Makers’ Festival from Saturday 11th – Monday 13th July 2020 (inclusive). ‘Maker’ refers to a wide range of handmade processes and outcomes and this three day event is a chance to celebrate handmade on Arran.
The Festival has sustainability at its core as the maker community continues to explore ways to tread more lightly on the planet. This year the exhibition will focus on the process of ‘Upcycling’ and all entries must have either an aspect of, or all of the work, upcycled. Beyond that, there is no theme.

This is an OPEN CALL for makers on the island to submit their ideas for work to be included in the exhibition. The Exhibition this year will be a trail beginning in the Castle, before heading outside and into the marquees (Makers’ Village). Visitors will follow this trail using the exhibition catalogue to guide them. Each exhibit will have a clue placed near it and once all the clues have been solved a mystery sentence will appear.

Visitors can then enter their answer into a competition. The winner (picked at random) will receive a Maker’s Goodie Bag and a free family day pass to the Castle.

Selling Exhibition
There is an option to sell the piece(s) you exhibit if appropriate. All media welcome. This year there is also the potential to submit pieces which can be displayed outside, you can consider whether that might work for you. Makers can submit up to TWO applications. The hope is that everyone applying will have work represented in the exhibition, but that is dependent upon the number of applications.

Additional Exhibition for 2020
‘Beach Fragment’ is a small additional exhibition for 2020 involving makers from Arran and West Kilbride. The brief is to collect a fragment from the beach (no larger than 2×2 inches square) and create something out of it. The finished piece must be no larger than 3×3 inches. The final pieces will be displayed in open drawers. The idea of this exhibition is to illustrate what can be done from something small. It is also a further way of developing the relationship between Arran and West Kilbride makers. We do hope you might consider putting a piece in.

For more information about this year’s festival see the website