6 Dec 2016

Call for Submissions Sculpt at Kew

Handmade in BritainLondon, England, United Kingdom

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Opportunity Description

International Deadline: February 28, 2017 – Handmade in Britain and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are excited to announce a five-week contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition taking place from Saturday 9th September to Sunday 15th October 2017. Sculpt at Kew will offer the opportunity for the presentation of small and large scale outdoor work and installations throughout the gardens. All work exhibited will be available to purchase or commission.

Applications are invited worldwide from international contemporary artists working in the following areas: CERAMICS, POTTERY, GLASS, METALWORK, STONE, WOOD and GARDEN, WATER & FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE. The exhibition will seek to achieve a diverse variety of work which will appeal to a broad range of buyers and will focus  on quality work with originality for the outdoors that makes a positive contribution to the exhibition.

Applications are assessed through a rigorous selection process and assessment is based principally on the information  provided in the application and the accompanying images. Additional information on the application form may be used for press and publicity purposes once exhibitors have been selected.

Artists must demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of the making process and provenance of materials  used. The artist must have applied their skills directly in the creation of the work exhibited. They must have also given  consideration to the commercial viability of the work, both in terms of its pricing and appeal to consumers.

Royal Botanic Gardens,

09 September – 15 October 2017

£995.00 + VAT and 30% + VAT Commission on sales.

Please note, this cost is not affected by the number of works exhibited, and allows up to 5 pieces for large scale  work to be admitted. There is no limitation on small scale work to be sold in the purpose built retail gallery during  the exhibition.

Sale of sculpture / exhibits & small scale work:  All exhibits, both large and small scale work are for sale in the  exhibition and attract a  30% + VAT commission by Kew. Exhibitors are  required to provide a sale sheet, with images, including their final R.R.P for the entirety of the show  which must have been calculated to include the 30% + VAT commission.

For example:
A piece of work is sold for £1000.00
30% + VAT will be deducted from this price –
£300.00 + VAT at £60.00 = £360
£1000.00 – £360 = £640.00

You will be asked to raise an invoice of £640.00

All exhibitors will be sent a completed sales list after the close of Sculpt at Kew and asked to raise an invoice minus their 30% + VAT commission. All invoices will be settled within 30 days of receiving an exhibitor’s invoice.


  • Extensive press and publicity campaign and online event promotion including:
    – London Underground poster campaign; flyer distribution in all major London venues, galleries, museums,  cafes, restaurants and universities; media partnerships with specialist publications, local and national press; advertising campaign across relevant print and digital media
    – Private view invitation to key contacts – including media, trade buyers and collectors; regular Newsletters  and dedicated social media campaign to our strong mailing list and followers of Kew Gardens with cross  promotion with specialist groups and organisations.
  • Working closely with the curators and the Kew Horticultural team, exhibitors will be given a dedicated curated  space for the exhibition of large scale work in the gardens and ponds.
  • A space for the exhibition of small scale pieces in a purpose built retail space within the gardens.
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable sales & marketing staff present for the entire period of exhibition.
  • The opportunity to participate in artist talks and presentations, arranged by the Kew Gardens team.
  • Detailed online listing complete with image and link on the Handmade in Britain website.
  • Entry in the show catalogue including a colour image, write up and contact details.
  • Comprehensive listing of all products on display in the catalogue.
  • Complimentary tickets and private view invitations for your buyers and guests.
  • Printed and digital promotional material for distribution within your networks

It is the artists’ responsibility and cost to arrange delivery of large scale work if bought at Sculpt at Kew. All installation  pieces cannot be delivered to the buyer until the show has closed to the public. All small scale works in the retail  gallery will be sold and collected on the day of purchase.

You may be subject to an installation fee, this is dependent on the scale and weight for the sculptures.

If you have any questions that are not answered in this application pack then please email sculpt@handmadeinbritain.co.uk

All works must be an original design by the artist and you must specify whether work is already completed. Artists  can submit either large or small sculpture works, or a combination of the two. Please note, you can admit up to  5 large scale work pieces. There is no limitation on small scale work to be sold in the purpose built retail gallery  during the exhibition. Work submission must be submitted with photographs.

Handmade in Britain exists to support, promote and celebrate designer-makers who create their work. We increase accessibility and visibility, create market opportunities and maintain high standards in the craft sector whilst providing a comprehensive support programme towards a bright future for British craft and design. Our work provides a platform for design and craft talent through both our own events and collaborations with other organisations, alongside a mentoring programme and membership scheme.

Handmade in Britain
Unit 31
21 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0DX
t: +44(0)20 3105 1682

Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in south-west London and houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Opp Categories: + Open to One Medium and Sculpture Only. Opp Types: Call for Submissions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb and Open to Artists Worldwide. Income: Exhibition – Group.

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