For Exhibitors

About our 2021 fairs


In 2021, we plan to do two Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs:

GNCCFonline : 17-18 July 2021

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of staging live events - and building on the success of GNCCFonline in 2020 - our summer edition of the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will also be online. 

Selected makers will be asked to supply 8 product images, along with descriptions, to be listed in our online fair on our website, along with links to their own online shops. GNCCFonline will be extensively promoted on our social media platforms.

GNCCF Manchester : 8-10 October 2021, Victoria Baths

We sincerely hope that by October live events will be allowed. Our 14th edition of GNCCF Manchester is scheduled to take place in our new venue of Victoria Baths from 8-10 October 2021. 

Should the live version of GNCCF Manchester have to be cancelled due to Govt/Covid-19 restrictions, the fair will revert to an online edition.  All exhibitors will be given the option to take part in this online version at a much reduced participation fee and full/partial refunds will be given for the difference.

The award-winning GNCCF is the foremost contemporary craft fair in the North with a national reputation in the sector. A much anticipated event in Manchester's cultural calendar, it features 150 of the best designer-makers in the UK and attracts 6000 visitors over the weekend.

We are excited to announce that 2021 will see the GNCCF move to a new venue, Victoria Baths. Known as Manchester's Water Palace, no expense was spared on the building, when it opened to the public in 1906 and its beautiful glazed Victorian tiled walls, mosaic floors and decorative stained glass interior will be a stunning - and fitting - backdrop to the GNCCF. Victoria Baths is now one of Manchester's favourite heritage  attractions, and home to many arts and cultural events, including Manchester International Festival. It's also a popular film location and is regularly featured in Peaky Blinders. 

GNCCF Manchester will also feature artist demos and the Great Northern Graduate Showcase. There will be a cafe on site and, where allowed, tours of the building. 

GNCCF Manchester is normally a shell-scheme event of white plywood exhibition stands of various sizes. However, we are mindful of the financial impact the pandemic is having on makers, so this year, we will have a range of more affordable stand options to choose from -  from table-tops and space only to smaller shell scheme options. All exhibitors will still need to be selected so the standard of work on sale will still be exceptional.

The venue is easily accessible, with free parking on site, and on surrounding roads, and a multi story car park is just a 3 min walk away. It is a five minute walk from Oxford Road, the main bus route into the city centre. Access for unloading/breakdown is straightforward; exhibitors can park on site to unload, then move their cars to one of the nearby public car parks.  

There are hotels to cater for all budgets a short walk away and plenty more in the city centre, which is a 25 minute walk or 8 min bus ride away.  We will send exhibitors details of nearby hotels. The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University are also a 5 minute walk.





We welcome applications from designers, makers and artists working in ceramics, jewellery, glass, basket-making, silver and metal smithing, book-making, paper, stationary, wood, plastics, mixed media, furniture, fashion textiles and accessories, fashion design, shoe design, millinery, interior textiles and home-wares, product design and print making. 

We do not accept painting, drawing, graphic design, photography or greeting card makers, nor do we accept hand-made candles or soaps and toiletries.

We are a not for profit organisation and offer subsidised stands for new makers who have been in business 3 years or less.

Applications must be from the designer-maker and work must not be mass produced. We do not accept imported goods, not made by yourself.

We welcome applications from both UK and international makers for both GNCCFonline and GNCCF Manchester.

Interested in demonstrating your craft at one of our live fairs?

We are also interested to hear from makers who would like to demonstrate their craft as well as sell.  Please complete this section of the on-line application form.

Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs 

The Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fairs are table top events featuring 40 specially selected designers, makers and artists working in contemporary craft, print and art. We hold one LNCCF in the popular centre of the affluent Cheshire market town of Altrincham but we sometimes do other LNCCFs elsewhere.

When allocating space for the LNCCF, priority is given to those exhibitors who have been selected for our GNCCFs. If you would also like to be considered for a LNCCF please tick the box on the GNCCF application form.

(If you are only interested in applying to the LNCCF we do often have spare space. If you would like to be considered please request an application form (there is no application fee) at  For further details click here



All our fairs are selected shows. During the selection process all six of your images will be projected simultaneously onto a screen. The selection panel will decide which exhibitors are chosen for each show. The panel is made up of craft experts and changes annually.

There will be a reserve list of exhibitors, who will be contacted should additional space become available.

Online applications for our 2021 fairs - GNCCFonline Summer edition and GNCCF Manchester - open February 1st and close February 28th 2021.  You can apply for more than one fair.

All applicants will be notified of the selection panel's decision by 31st March 2021.


If you wish to be considered for the LNCCF or future shows please email your interest to


Exhibiting fees

GNCCFonline Summer Edition:  17-18 July 2021

Participation fee: £75 +VAT.  Includes:

  • our website will feature 8 product images, along with desctiptions and buy now URL and exhibitor profile with URL to your online selling platform (eg. your website shop, etsy shop, via gallery instagram etc). 
  • GNCCFonline will remain live for at least one month after the fair to enable follow up sales
  • extensive promotion on our social media platforms (facebook, instagram, twitter)
  • show promotion via our newsletter sent to over 10,000 and via our network of partners.
  • digital promotional materials to send to your networks and use on your own digital platforms

GNCCF Manchester: 8-10 October 2021

Stand package costs listed below include:

  • exhibitor profile inc 4 images and 40 word description on our website with your email and link to your website/online shop
  • exhibitor profile with images on our social media platforms (facebook, instagram, twitter)
  • extensive promotion via our social media platforms
  • show promotion via our newsletter sent to over 10,000
  • promotion to members and Friends of Victoria Baths and via their social media
  • exhibitor storage area
  • 24 hr security
  • helpers for set up and breakdown
  • on site easy access temporary parking for set up and breakdown
  • extensive national and regional press and promotion campaign, with particular emphasis on maker profiles and images of work 
  • printed and digital promotional materials to send to your networks
  • digital promotional artwork to use on your social media platforms
  • exhibitor awards
  • various stand options to choose from - shell scheme, space only, table-top.
  • if you select a white plywood exhibition stand sized 2x1, 2x1.5 or 3x1 this will include two spotlights. It will also include fascia board with your name.

Table top/space only 1800x700mm New Maker (in business 3 yrs or less ), £200 +VAT

Table Top/space only 1800x700mm Established Maker, £250 + VAT

2x1m Shell scheme stand New Maker (in business 3 yrs or less ), £300 +VAT

2x1m Shell scheme stand Established Maker, £375 +VAT

2x1.5m Shell scheme stand New Maker (in business 3 yrs or less ), £375 +VAT

2x1.5m Shell scheme stand Established Maker, £475 +VAT

Other stand sizes may be available - organisers will confirm your preferred stand size/option once selected. 

Please select your preferred stand size from the drop down menu on the application form which details the above exhibtion packages and respective costs. 

Additional costs:

  • Electrical sockets, extra lighting can be ordered at an extra cost via the electrical contractors. Order before Sept 1st - Powerpoint costs £32; cost of extra spot light is £24. After this date cost for powerpoint is £40 and for spotlight £30. PAT testing costs £10 for first item and £5 for subequent items.
  • Furniture hire. Please note we do not supply tables, chairs or display furniture as part of the package. Plinths and shelving can be hired from the exhibition hire company at an extra cost. 


We are also interested to hear from makers who would like to demonstrate their craft as well as sell at GNCCF Manchester. Please complete this section of the application form. Free extra space may apply at organiser's discretion.


Discuss is a new exhibition within GNCCF Manchester where we give FREE space to mid career makers who are developing new work and wish to exhibit in Discuss to get audience feedback to help shape their work. It is an opportunity to discuss their practise, techniques and materials with show visitors and craft professionals. Makers can sell work from their stand but any work sold will be subject to a 30% commission to GNCCF. We are keen to hear from makers who are in receipt of an Arts Council Develop your Creative Practice (DYCP) grant. For further info regarding this grant see

Interested? Please complete this section on the application form. Alternatively contact us with details of how you are developing your practice at:


Application Fees

For GNCCF Manchester : £15

For GNCCFonline : £5


You will be prompted to pay the application fee on completion of the online application form, when you will be redirected PayPal. The application form will not be submitted without this payment. This fee is non-refundable. It will go towards covering the administration costs for processing the applications and the selection procedure.


GNCCF Marketing

"Great exposure in the North.  The GNCCF is on a par with the London shows

"Brilliantly organised, thoroughly enjoyed the event, fab venue, great sales and fantastic social media exposure for my business"  

GNCCF Manchester is a popular highlight in the North's cultural calendar and GNCCFonline is a new addition to our event portfolio, in response to the COVID 19 pandemic impacting on live events.  Both are supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Grant for the Arts.


GNCCF Manchester is advertised and promoted nationally, with a strong campaign in the North of England and a particular focus in Manchester and the North West.

This marketing campaign includes:

  • distribution of leaflets via Culture Calling, the region's premier arts listing and distribution agency to the region's major galleries, musuems and arts venues, universities, cafes and bars, city centre offices and selected door to door postcodes and city centre hand to hand)
  • display advertising in magazines
  • digital advertising
  • regional outdoor advertising
  • cross promotion with relevant groups, organisations and universities
  • extensive web based and e-marketing campaign
  • promotion to our mailing list of 10000 subscribers
  • extensive social media promotion via facebook, instagram and twitter.

The GNCCF has generated a PR value in excess of £425K over the last 4 years, with editorial in the Sunday Times, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Guardian Weekend, Independent, Living etc, Elle Decoration, Homes and Antiques, World of Interiors, House & Garden, Country Living, Art Quarterly, Selvedge, Craft, Ceramic Review, Creative Tourist, Northern Soul, Creative Boom,  Manchester Evening News, Yorkshire Post, Cheshire Life, Lancashire Living, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Radio 4, Woman's Hour.

GNCCFonline is promoted through

  • extensive social media promotion on our facebook, instagram and twitter platforms
  • display ads in local publications on and offline
  • cross promotion with relevant groups, organisations and universities
  • extensive web based and e marketing campaign
  • promotion to our mailing list of 10000 subscribers


"Great exposure in the North.  The GNCCF is on a par with the London shows,"  Jane Dzisiewski, jeweller

"Nicest show I've been to. Organisers were friendly, well organised and competent, visitors were well informed and receptive and there was an excellent standard of exhibitors," Julia Linstead, glass-maker

"GNCCF has led to some great professional development opportunities for me, including a solo show at the prestigious Blackwell House in Cumbria,"  Emilie Taylor, ceramicist.

"I receive orders throughout the year from GNCCF customers,"  Emily Thatcher, Jeweller.

"The overall feel of the event was amazing - one of the  best I have attended.  The marketing is excellent and the demographic of the audience was spot on." Red Thumb Print Design, wood & furniture

"The GNCCF give me great exposure and positive brand association;  it's great to exhibit alongside exceptionally good talent;  and my business benefits from lots of gallery interest and follow up sales throughout the year," Vinegar & Brown Paper, glass ware.

"Good to be approached by lots of trade and gallery buyers  from across the UK at the GNCCF,"  Theo Wright, weaver and Crafts Council Hothouse participant.

"Big effect on work outside show; had 3 gallery enquiries and other retail offers and great networking with other makers," Lisa Slinn, ceramicist

"Great organisation, great volunteers to help with set up and breakdown ( invaluable when on your own!), my favourite show of the year, massive thanks," Homefront Vintage, textile designer

"The Facebook campaign was excellent and the show was very well advertised; constantly a good show for me," Chris Boland, jeweller

"Thank you for an amazing event! It was my first so I didn't really know what to expect, but what ever it was the fair exceeded all my expectations," Marina Bauguil, ceramicist


Application Guidelines

Applications for all our fairs open February 1st and close February 28th 2021.



The application form is for applying to the 14th edition of GNCCF Manchester, and the third edition of GNCCFonline.

The application form must be completed in full and submitted on-line. If you wish to apply for more than one show you only need to complete the application form once. On completion of the form you will be directed to PayPal to process your application fee(s).  

When you click on "Apply now" you will be asked to register with your name and email address. Once you have registered you will be directed to a link to the application form. Please note you will also receive this link by email. If you complete the application form through the former registration link you do not need to click again on the link in the email. You will be notified on screen when your application and payment have been submitted. Please do not complete another form via the email if you have already completed the form on registering!

The form is simple to complete and you can save it and return to it at a later date - however we advise that you upload your images all in one go.  All images MUST BE SQUARE and high res between 1-3MB. Each image must be labelled YOURNAMEIM1.jpeg and YOURIMAGEIM2.jpeg and so on.  Please select your images first, resize and relabel them like this and then upload. Please keep a file of your uploaded images.

If you have problems uploading images check that each image is under 3MB in size and that they are labelled with the suffix .jpeg. or .jpg ( Note images labelled. JPEG ie in capitals may not upload)


You will need the following information in order to complete the application form.


Personal details: name and contact details.  Description of the work featured in your images, including dimension, retail price. 

Some info we ask for is for organisers only and will not be published. This will be stated on the applicstion form


DESCRIPTION: You will need to write a max of 50 words to describe you and your work to be written in the third person ie. Ann-Marie is a ceramicist and works from her studio in Manchester. You could include details of materials, techniques, inspiration, your background, where you work from, any importants awards or commissions. This will be published on the website so needs to be grammatically correct. People who engage with your story are more likely to buy from you.

PERSONAL DETAILS: Please state here the details you wish to be published on the website. Please think carefully about the following questions regarding your website profile:

Personal name or business name?

Best email address for customers?

Please note we no longer publish your address or mobile/landline.

Please note the details you submit in this part of the form are automatically uploaded onto the website, should you be selected, so it's very important this paragraph is grammatically correct - do check for typos and correct sentencing case - for instance please do not write it all in lower case.


DESCRIPTION: You will need to write a maximum of 20 words describing your work in the third person.

PERSONAL DETAILS: Please state here the email and website details you wish to be published. Again you need to think carefully regarding details of your profile (see above). The organisers are not liable for any errors in either of your profiles so please check for typos.


In this section please state what qualifications/experience you have relating to your practice and any signicant achievements such as exhibitions or interesting commissions. Please also mention other fairs/shows you have been selected for. It does not have to be a comprehensive list. This section is to inform our selectors, should they request the information, especially if they are not familiar with your work. 

Please also list here any interesting facts about you or your work, which may make a press story eg. change of career or unusual background or route into your craft. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have stylish/quirky homes or studios or who have interesting collections of craft etc. Think about what you like to read about and if you think you have a story that would be of interest to others, tell us.


These are listed by stand size/description in the drop down menu. Please refer here for exhibition package details.

Please select the package you would like. Should you be selected, we will get in touch with you if we are unable to offer you the stand option you have requested and offer you an alternative. If you are selected and prefer to be on an end or near another exhibitor please contact us once you have accepted your space.

New maker rates are for those in business 3yrs or less. 


We may have space for exhibitors who wish to demonstrate on their stands. If this is of interest, please state the skills you would demonstrate and any extra space you would need for equipment and proximity to utilities if required. Extra space will be given free of charge. Please note we cannot guarantee extra space to demonstrate. Should you be selected for the GNCCF, we will get in touch to discuss the possibility of demonstrating on your stand or at some other area of the show. 


Discuss is a new exhibition within GNCCF Manchester where we give FREE space to mid career makers who are developing new work and wish to exhibit in Discuss to get audience feedback to help shape their work. It is an opportunity to discuss their practise, techniques and materials with show visitors and craft professionals. Makers can sell work from their stand but any work sold will be subject to a 30% commission to GNCCF. We are keen to hear from makers who are in receipt of an Arts Council Develop your Creative Practice (DYCP) grant. For further info regarding this grant see


GNCCFLive is our outreach work which delivers high quality craft workshops led by GNCCF exhibitors to people from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds living in Gorton, a very deprived area of Manchester. It is delivered in partnership with the charity The Oasis Centre, who run a drop in community centre. We are keen to hear from makers who may be interested in hosting a workshop. Workshops should be no more than 1.5 hours and be aimed as if the participants are 8 years old. You will be paid for your time and materials.  As well as one off workshops, we are also will consider longer term and more ambitious projects delivered through consecutive workshops over a couple or more weeks. 



Images and Copyright

You will need to upload six images onto the online application form.

Your images must be 1000 x 1000px and in a square format, and at least 1MB AND NO BIGGER THAN 3MB. We use your images for press. Please do NOT send smaller images. Should your images be larger than 3MB they will NOT upload.

Image uploading can take a while depending on your broadband speed - do not refresh the page as this will stop the uploading process.

Please note we cannot accept TIF images.

Images should be of the work you intend to exhibit and be no more than 3 years old.

All images MUST be cleared for non-exclusive copyright so we can use them for publicity and promotion. (Please refer to the terms and conditions).

LABELLING YOUR IMAGES: it is very important you label you images as follows. We may reject your application with no refund if your images are not labelled as we request. We ask them to be labelled in this way so we can send them to press - this is for your promotional benefit so please oblige.


Image one will be the main image on your website entry. It will also be used for press and in social media promotion.

This image must be square and 300 dpi and jpeg. Please label this image on your upload as YOURNAMEIM1.jpeg (You will need to save the image as this before uploading it).

Image 2

Will be the second image on your website entry and will also be used for press. This needs to be 300dpi jpeg and saved as YOURNAMEIM2.jpeg  (You will need to save the image as this before uploading it).


For your image to be more likely used by journalists it is useful to have an image of work on a plain background so it can be "cut out". Lifestyle shots can also work well.

Images 3-6 are additional images for selection, website and press. Images 3-6 must also be 300 dpi and between 1- 3mb. Please label all these images on your upload as YOURNAMEIM3/4/5/6.jpeg - again you will need to save your images as this before you upload. 


Is your image sharp and in focus? A poor quality image can be a reason for not being selected. Make sure the image isn't too dark or light; don’t photograph light coloured work against a light background or dark against dark. Work is judged on quality and consistency. Do your images form a consistent body of work? You may wish to show close up of detail, especially for textiles. Dont allow a model to dominate the photo - it's the work we want to see, not the person wearing it. Also consider photographing your work on a white light box or plain background.

It's worth investing in good photography. Bad photographs can mean your work gets rejected. It may also be useful in investing in some small lights if you choose to photograph your work yourself. Good photographs get used in promotional materials and press releases.  

Gallery/Group stands

Group Applications:

if you are a group of makers, a gallery or collective and have a proposal for a larger stand/showcase/installation we will be happy to consider it.  This is subject to availability of space. The cost will depend on the proposal - please email with details and we will get back to you.

We do not accept group entries to share basic stands in the main body of the show.  


Internet transactions

  • The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester and GNCCFonline are managed by Great Northern Events NW Ltd, a not for profit company registered in England, Company Reg No 6419531.
    Great Northern Events NW Ltd
    12 Osborne St, Didsbury, M20 2QZ
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  • In case of problems with submitting your payment please phone Ann-Marie Franey on  0044 (0) 7973 574735 or email
  • The application fee is non refundable. The desposit and proportion of stand fees may be non refundable if you withdraw from the show at a later date. In the event that the organiser has to cancel - for example due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then full refunds, including deposits, will be given unless you decide to accept any alternative option offered by the organiser. For example, should they take the fair online, then a smaller participation fee will be charged and the difference will be refunded. Please refer to our terms and conditions for our payment terms and refund of stand fees policy should you withdraw you application once you have accepted your space.
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Terms and Conditions


Terms & Conditions

In these Terms & Conditions the following definitions are: Organiser refers to Great Northern Events (NW) Ltd. Exhibitors refers to any persons selected to participate at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair or GNCCFonline.

For live events:

  • Exhibitors must keep their stands open and attended by knowledgeable staff throughout the period of the event and wherever possible this should be the designer-maker.
  • Exhibitors may not sub-let space within the area allocated to them.
  • Exhibitors must not display goods of an inflammable, noxious or obscene nature. Fabrics used on stands at live events for display purposes must be fireproofed. The organiser will remove any such unsuitable material from the event.
  • Exhibitors will be liable for any damage caused to the panels, flooring or stand fittings.
  • Exhibitors will be liable for any damage they cause to event buildings/structures.
  • Exhibitors may not move or install any lighting or electrical appliances without the written approval of the organiser. Any lighting or electrical appliance not supplied by the electrical contractor must be approved and PAT tested by either a qualified electrician in advance of the show for which proof may be required or on site by the contractor.  This will incur an additional cost as detailed in the exhibitor manual.
  • The organiser reserves the right to move stands and relocate space previously notified to exhibitors.
  • The organiser reserves the right to cancel and/or amend the event if required by circumstances outside their control.
  • The organiser accepts no liability for the loss or damage to exhibitors' work at any event, neither during the event, nor during setting-up or dismantling. Exhibitors are responsible for displaying their work securely to shelving and walls. Insurance is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor and the exhibitors must insure they are covered for all eventualities (including public liability insurance). 
  • A deposit of £125 for your exhibition package for GNCCF Manchester must be paid on acceptance of your offer of space and must be received by the Organiser by Friday 30th April 2021. Should the exhibitor withdraw from the fair this, deposit will not be refunded. 
  • For GNCCF Manchester a second instalment of 50% of the outstanding balance must be received by Friday 25th June 2021 and the final instalment (remainder of the balance outstanding) must be received by Friday 27th August 2021. 
  • Exhibitors withdrawing from the event after Friday 16th July (12 weeks before the event) are liable to pay 50% of their total exhibition package fees. For GNCCF Manchester, exhibitors who cancel on or after Friday 27th August 2021 (6 weeks before the event) are liable for the total cost of the exhibition package.
  • The organiser cannot accept responsibility for any issues arising as a result of problems with the venue or its staff. If, because of war, fire, strike, or other cause beyond the control of the organisers, the event is cancelled, exhibitors remain liable for stand fees and the organisers shall have no liability to exhibitors from the loss of income resulting from such cancellation. The exception to this would be if the organisers cancelled the fair due to Govt guidelines/legislation to stem the spread of COVID-19, in which case the deposit and any further payments made would be fully refunded. Should the exhibitor accept a digital or other alternative option to replace the cancelled fair, and this incurs a participation fee, then this amount will be subtracted from the total fees already paid by the exhibitor and a partial refund will be given for the difference.
  • If the organiser cancels the event, exhibitors' deposits and stand fees will be reimbursed in full (unless an alternative option is accepted by the exhibitor - see point above - in which case a partial refund may be given) but the organiser cannot be held liable for any additional expenses incurred.

For online  events:

  • Payment in full for your exhibition package for GNCCFonline must be paid following acceptance of your offer of space and must be received by the Organiser by Friday 30th April 2021. Should the exhibitor withdraw from the fair after this date,  payment will not be refunded unless the Organisers find a suitable replacement from the reserve list. 
  • For GNCCFonline, exhibitors who cancel on or after Friday 4th June 2021 are liable for the total cost of the participation package.

For both live and online events:

  • The organiser reserves the right to withdraw their offer of space from any exhibitors owing monies to the organiser on any account. 
  • All exhibitors should give full cooperation to the organisers and/or appointed publicity contractor in attempting to achieve coverage and promotion for the event.
  • Any agreements entered into by the exhibitor and an external contractor or supplier at the event, are the responsibility of the exhibitor and the organiser cannot accept liability for claims resulting from the failure of any of its contractors or suppliers to deliver goods or services.
  • Whilst the organiser takes every effort to ensure that exhibitors contact details are correct in the promotional material for the event, the organiser cannot accept responsibility for any errors published therein and the organiser shall have no liability to exhibitors for any claims resulting from such errors.
  • In consideration of the organisers assisting exhibitors in promoting their work, exhibitors must agree to grant the organisers a non-exclusive copyright licence for any promotional materials supplied to the organiser and/or its appointed publicity contractor, for the purpose of promoting and publicising their work and the event. In granting this licence exhibitors should be aware that the promotions may include the use of these materials on the internet and that images supplied may be scanned and held digitally for this purpose. The copyright is, and will continue to be, beneficially and solely owned by the exhibitor, who must ensure that it does not and will not, infringe on any other copyright and that no information contained in the materials is or shall be inaccurate, misleading or injurious.