Bilston Craft Gallery call for exhibitors

Bilston Craft Gallery call for exhibitors

Bilston Craft Gallery is the largest venue in the West Midlands dedicated to the applied arts. It has a lively programme of temporary exhibitions featuring the very best in contemporary craft including ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, metal and woodwork by established and emerging makers. The Gallery also offers engagement opportunities for all ages including handling objects, events, creative workshops, and Craftplay - our specialist early years programme for 0-7 year olds.

We are currently seeking potential exhibitors for the following exhibition:

Craft & Conflict

13 September – 22 November 2014


Craft and Conflict will bring together both contemporary and historical items that commemorate and explore the themes of war and remembrance.

The exhibition will include examples of work by contemporary craft makers, who explore themes of conflict and peace, addressing the human aspect of war, the importance of remembering past conflicts and the ways in which we do this.

Contemporary works will be complemented by a historical display of how companies local to Bilston and their workforces assisted with the war effort during the First World War, by fabricating items such as grenades, helmets and even service vehicles. It will look at how the war changed the lives of local people and their families, and how the efforts of the town’s people are remembered today, one hundred years on.


We are seeking work by established and emerging designer makers and craftspeople working in all media, whose work explores themes of conflict and/or peace, or war and/or remembrance. Work does not have to be related to the First World War in particular but can explore aspects of any conflict, or the exhibition themes in a more general way.

If you are interested in applying please send:

 a current CV

 an artist’s statement, including your inspirations and your reasons for making work related to the exhibition themes, a description of your working methods, the processes and materials used and how this shapes your responses to this theme.

 a selection of images of work that would be available (6 maximum, no larger than 1MB


 a key for images provided, stating title of work, media, dimensions and year of production.

To: Carrie Slawinska, Exhibitions Officer, Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, West

Midlands WV14 7LU or email

NB: Bilston Craft Gallery requires all exhibitors to provide evidence of their self-employment status and to hold public and products liability insurance up to £5 million.

Key dates:

Deadline for applications Monday 30 June 2014

Work required by 1 September 2014