How To Become An Exhibitor
The Procedure in Outline
Makers, designers and artists wishing to sell their work at 3D/2D
events must first submit their work for approval. Our selection panel
meets regularly and you can expect a decision within a couple of weeks,
although at certain times of year the process can be delayed.
A favourable decision means that your name is added to the 3D/2D mailing
list. An information pack containing details about all the Fairs in the
current year will be sent to you. You then decide which fairs you wish
to apply for and fill in the relevant application forms.
In due course, you will receive written confirmation that you
have been allocated space. Do bear in mind, however, that 3D/2D cannot
always allocate you the events you have applied for. There are
procedures for letting you know this and to offer alternatives.
The selection panel places strong emphasis on
original design and the skillful and novel use of materials. The
assessment of your work is also based on its suitability for 3D/2D's
Fairs. Occasionally work is turned down because previous experiences
have shown that a particular kind of product or area of design or craft
activity does not sell.
Full time makers, artists and designers are
given a certain degree of priority, but what is really being sought is
commitment and flair. 3D/2D's events are not for people to sell things
they have made in their spare time from kits, pattern books or
The work you intend to display and sell must be your own work.
However, there is no reason why you can't have someone else, say, a family
member, an employee or a friend looking after your stand at an event -
so you don't have to be there in person - but what you cannot do is
sell bought-in work or imports.
a) At least 6 images of your work, or enough images to provide a
representative view of the range of work you produce. You can send us
the images as email attachments or on a CD. These images can also be in
the form of photographs, slides or brochures. Samples are acceptable
but only as a supplement to the images.
b) A covering letter outlining prices, your aims, experience,
c) An SAE so we can return your photographs. If you want to send
samples, please ensure your envelope is sufficiently large and that the
return postage is adequate.
d) If you are sending an email, please don't forget to include
your address - a telephone number can also be quite useful especially
when we have a query about your work or we want to answer a question
you have raised.
If you are interested in a particular event, please note this in your letter.
Please do not visit the office in person looking
for a decision. The office is always extremely busy and, much as we
might like to, we simply do not have either the time or the facilities
to receive you.
The decision of the selection panel is final, although if you
feel your work may have been misunderstood you should contact 3D/2D.
Please note that, while we would do our best to
return all of your photographs, they are submitted at your own risk and
we cannot be held responsible for them. We would advise you to send in
copies rather than originals.
We do not accept submissions from producers of giftware or work
that involves little more than the assembly of bought-in components
(i.e. jewellery made from beads). Work that incorporates copyright
design (i.e. recognisable cartoon characters) is also not allowed.
3D/2D events are only open to makers, designers and artists who've been
accepted onto our mailing list. There is no membership charge.
A fee is payable for each fair booked, the amount depending on
the size of space booked. Fees are always payable in advance. We
encourage exhibitors to bring their own display systems, but we
recognise this is not always practicable. For this reason tables and
chairs are available at every event free of charge. Access to power for
lighting is also free.
Frontage is bookable in 1ft increments, from 4
feet upwards. The average is between 5ft and 10ft. The depth of a space
is either 5ft or 2 1/2ft. Costs range from £11.00 per foot of frontage
at a two-day hall-based Fair to £36.00 per foot at a marquee-based
The summer marquee events and some of the hall based events
offer the opportunity for craftwork demonstrations where there is no
charge for the extra space involved.
You may apply for as many or as few events as you wish over the course
of the year.