RAW Talent Application

art& RAW Talent Award offers up to 12 Graduates / Newcomers the opportunity to apply for a Subsidized Space at the show in October 2019 along with 6 months mentoring, support and advice.

We are looking for fantastic newly emerging artists & designer-makers to apply to take part in our 3-day event in York.

To be eligible for a space you must have completed your BA, MA or HND in the last 2 years OR launched yourself as a practicing artist in the last 2 years. The RAW Talent Award is a mentoring scheme aimed at those that have no or little experience in exhibiting in a retail show. If you already have experience of taking part in trade and/or retails shows you may not be eligible.  Current university students due to graduate in Summer 2019 are also welcome to apply.

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 York 2019


RAW Talent applications are now open – please read the information below and if you would like to apply please fill in the application form at the bottom of this page.
Deadline Sunday 3rd March @ midnight.

About the show:

There will be approximately 120 exhibition stands, plus demonstrations, interactive areas, mini workshops, installations, cafés and RAW Talent area.

All stands will be manned by the artists and we are also looking for artists open to demonstrating their work.

As with all our shows we aim to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for artists and visitors alike.

We aim to give newly emerging artists & designer/makers the chance to sell and receive commissions for their own work in a creative & professional environment.


Set up: Thursday 24th October 2019 10am – 6pm

Show days:
Friday 25th October 10am – 5pm
Saturday 26th October 10am – 5pm
Sunday 27th October 10am – 4pm

Break down: Sunday 27th October 2019 4:30pm – 7pm

 About the RAW Talent Award:

We are looking for up to 12 emerging artists to be part of a unique mentoring and support scheme to nurture and prepare artists with little or no experience of taking part in a retail show and help launch their careers at our 3-day show in York 25-27th October 2019.

We are looking for emerging artists from a wide range of creative disciplines including, painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, photography, lighting, textiles, stone carving, fashion, glass and more.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email on or before Wednesday 6th March 2019 and will be required to attend an interview in York on Sunday 7th April 2019*  Final decisions will be emailed on or before Wednesday 24th April 2019.

The Award:

Each RAW Talent Award winner receives the following:

1. A Subsidized Shell Scheme space with spot lights & name sign in our RAW Talent section in our October 2019 show at York Racecourse. YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND THE WHOLE EVENT: set up on Thursday 24th October, show open Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October 2019. Full Price Exhibitor Stands are from £395 for a 2m x 1m Stand. All successful RAW Talent Artists receive a 50% discount on full price stand fees. The size of your stand will be decided with your mentor, after selection, based on your needs.

2. A one to one mentoring session with a member of the art& Team in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire or in York, North Yorkshire, to see your work, hear your specific needs/requirements & develop a plan of action for the coming weeks to get you ready for the show.

3. A pre-event one-day workshop on Sunday 7th July 2019* in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire with all the other RAW Talent Award winners on Stand Design, Presentation, Pricing and making connections and sales.

4. A post-event one-day Evaluation & Next Steps Workshop on Sunday 17th November 2019* in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire with all the other RAW Talent award winners to evaluate their experience, learn from each other and create a next-step plan for the coming 6 months.

5. Throughout the 6 months mentoring scheme the art& Team will be on hand for email and phone support and advice plus one to one mentoring sessions face to face or via Skype/Facetime for any award winner that needs it.

*Please note that on these dates your attendance is compulsory and a contractual part of you being on the program.

Our expectations of RAW Talent Award Winners:

  1. All award winners will be asked for feedback and a testimonial. Completing this feedback will be a requirement of the award. It really helps us understand the elements that worked and the elements we can improve.
  2. RAW Award Winners will pay a 20% commission on any sales or commissions taken at the show within 2 weeks of the show. All monies from these sales will go towards funding the RAW Talent Award.
  3. RAW Talent Award winners will be expected to have excellent communication with the art& team and their designated mentor as required throughout the scheme.
  4. RAW Talent Award winners will need to attend both Group Mentoring Workshops as a contractual part of being on the program.

More information about the show:

Exhibition Space:

Once selected RAW Talent artists will decide which size stand would work best for them alongside information and support from their mentor and more information about stand display will be given.

Please note: a professional & safe finish to all displays of work is required. Thank you.

Practicalities at the show:

There is free parking for artists for the full weekend and loading and unloading is easy and accessible with ground floor access. You cannot stay overnight in your vehicle however you can leave your vehicle overnight if you are staying in a local hotel/B&B etc.

The venue is light and airy and the aisles wide and comfortable for artists and visitors alike.

We have a separate storage space for packaging materials – although your vehicle will only be a maximum of 10 mins away.

Application Fee:

There is a £10 application fee for each RAW Talent application.

Rules of eligibility:

We accept applications from individual artists only in this section.

To be eligible for a space you must have completed your BA, MA or HND in the last 2 years OR launched yourself as a practicing artist in the last 2 years.  Current university students due to graduate in Summer 2019 are also welcome to apply.

The RAW Talent Award is a mentoring scheme particularly aimed at those that have no or little experience in exhibiting in a retail show. Please do not apply in this section if you have exhibited in more than one retail or trade show before.

Individual artists with experience of exhibiting can apply here

Groups of artists can apply here

Only independent designer/makers & artists of exceptionally high quality will be selected.

We are looking for artists who create original artworks.  We ask all artists who create limited edition prints, bronze casts etc to clearly state those pieces of work that are editions on their application forms with edition numbers.

We are not looking for artists who sell larger numbers of editions or giclee prints and cards of their art works as the main percentage of work. Editions must be 100 or less.

Availability at the show:

‘Meet the artist’ is so important to us and our visitors therefore we expect all selected artists to be at the show each day meeting the visitors and talking about the processes of their work.


We expect to see professional photographs of your work and this will form the basis of our selection. Poor images reflect badly on even amazing work. We expect to see the kind of images we would be happy to print, put forward for press and put on our website.

A plain background and a sharp image can really help.

Images and descriptions sent will be used for publicity purposes for successful artists and will be used to create profile pages on our website – so please consider the images you send carefully. 

Please give us the scale/size of your work.

Important Information:

All successful applicants must have current Public Liability Insurance on the days of the art& show and bring a copy of their PLI to the show. (The art& team will go through this with each winner during mentoring.)

Significant Dates:

Deadline: Sunday 3rd March 2019 by midnight.

Notification: All applicants will be emailed on or before Wednesday 6th March 2019 to let them know if they have gone forward for interview.

Interview Date: Sunday 7th April 2019.

Interviewed artists will be notified Final Decision on or before Wednesday 24th April 2019. All emails will come from info@artand.co.uk please add this to your safe senders list.

Hopefully that has answered most of your questions – if there is something you need to ask – please contact us

We are really looking forward to seeing your application alongside guest selectors who will join us for RAW Talent Selection and interviews.

Best wishes, Emily & Victoria.

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