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The Shetland Open exhibition takes place every two years with an exhibition of work by prize winners in the intervening year. You are invited to take part and this year the art form is contemporary applied art and craft.

Entries are welcome from amateur, professional and student artists and craft-makers aged 18 and over, who are linked to Shetland by birth, education or residency.

Each sponsored £150 award will be matched by a further £150 from Shetland Arts to fund a group exhibition at Bonhoga in 2020. Our sponsors this year are A9 Partnership Ltd, Ninian, John Goudie, Shetland Gallery and Shetland Arts and Crafts Association

Shetland Open 2019: Conditions of Entry…

  • it is a non-selected show where all work will be hung unless offensive;
  • work should not have been exhibited previously in Shetland;
  • the size of work is limited to 1mx1m. Size is restricted to 1m along the longest edge of a 3D item/object. Clothing or items made from craft kits are not acceptable; if you wish to submit a larger item this would be at the discretion of Shetland Arts due to gallery space limitations;
  • work must be for sale. The price will be subject to a gallery commission of 35%+ VAT on the commission;
  • only one entry will be accepted per person. It must be clearly labelled with name, title, medium and price (see above);
  • work is to be submitted to Bonhoga Gallery or Mareel no later than 7th September;
  • unsold work must be collected from Bonhoga from 4th November or Mareel by arrangement with Bonhoga. We cannot store work for long periods so uncollected work may be disposed of after 23rd December;

Applied Art and Craft work includes…

  • Basketry & Willow Weaving
  • Bookbinding
  • Ceramics
  • Furniture Making & Wood Working
  • Glass Working
  • Jewellery
  • Leather Working
  • Metal Working
  • Millinery
  • Mosaics
  • Paper Making (paperworks and wallpaper, this does not include stationery)
  • Silversmithing & Goldsmithing
  • Stone Working (carving, lettering, sculpture and plasterwork)
  • Textiles (weaving, knitting, crochet, printed, embroidery, tapestry, felting, quilting, tufting and lace.

The following are not acceptable as exhibits: fine art, painting, drawing, photography, printing on paper, stationery, candle, soap or cake making, nor jewellery made by assembling bought-in materials. However, we do accept the work of makers who incorporate non-craft disciplines into their craft practice: for instance photographic transfers on handmade ceramics, or painting onto blown glass.

  • CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 5PM, SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2019 with submissions taken at Bonhoga and Mareel

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