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2017 Guildhall Craft Fair call for applicants

29 June 2017

As the annual Guildhall Craft Fair celebrates its twenty third anniversary this year, Derry City and Strabane District Council is making preparations for this year’s event, scheduled to take place between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th of November 2017.

Council is now inviting anyone interested in trading at this year’s event to register their interest. Applications are welcome from craft designer-makers and artists working in ceramics, non-precious and precious jewellery, interior textiles, fashion textiles and accessories, knitwear and woven textiles, leather, print-making, wood, lighting, furniture and product design, glass, metal, basket-making and other miscellaneous crafts. 

In order to maximise the opportunities for crafters to showcase their goods, complimentary and artisan food products will be allocated stands on the ground floor of the Guildhall. Food producers should note that there will be a limited number of stands available.

Helena Hasson, Events Coordinator at Derry City and Strabane District Council said, “The Guildhall Craft Fair is an annual event which showcases a wide range of bespoke craft items created by craft designer-makers and artists throughout Ireland.

“The fair will take place in the historical Guildhall in Derry~Londonderry’s city centre and will include a support programme of live music and craft workshops. The craft fair is a highlight event for those working in the craft industry. Running over twenty years, the fair is well established and features high quality goods from traders who undergo a strict selection process to ensure only the highest standards of handmade crafts are selected for display.

“This year there will be a few additions to this year’s programme as the craft fair will now extend to the ground floor of the Guildhall showcasing artisan food products and featuring free Christmas craft demonstrations. The always popular Kid’s Craft Workshops will now take place in the Main Hall.

"Renowned for attracting a large number of visitors looking for a unique gift or purchase, the event is ideal for crafters and makers to sell and promote their products in the run up to Christmas.”

All applicants must submit a completed application form which can be downloaded from Derry City and Strabane District Council website, www.derrystrabane.com/craftfair or by contacting Council’s Events Team by email to, [email protected] or telephone on 028 7125 3253.

Applicant should read the ‘Guidelines for Applicants 2017’ before completing the application form. Applications can be returned via email or with samples in person to Derry City & Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Rd, Derry BT48 7NN.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is Friday 28th July at 4pm.