Current opportunities for artists:
Sculpture Trail at Saltaire Festival Open Gardens
8 & 9 September
Saltaire Open Gardens Trail is a a major element of the Festival Opening Weekend, when residents open the gardens and yards of their Grade II listed cottages to share with visitors the wide variety of planting and creativity within the limited outside spaces in the UNESCO World Heritage village.
We are looking for artists working in any 3D medium suitable for external display to show work in one of around twelve small garden spaces.
Deadline for applications: 30 June
> Find out more and apply here via Curatorspace
Winter Makers Fair
9 & 10 November at Victoria Hall, Saltaire
We are looking to select and showcase high-quality, innovative and original work in ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, metal, artists' books, paper, leather, wood, furniture, plastics, fashion textiles and accessories, printmaking and mixed media at our first Winter Makers Fair. This event will feature a unique Friday evening shopping event (4pm - 8.30pm), which will then be followed by a full day event on Saturday (10am - 5pm).
Deadline for applications: 20 July
> Find out more and apply here via curatorspace
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What's on Offer
Supporting home-grown talent
Saltaire Inspired has always provided resources and opportunities for artists based in the Bradford area. The Saltaire Arts Trail began in 2007 as an artist-led initiative, largely in order to provide spaces for local artists to show and sell work. As the event grew in size and ambition, selection for the Open Houses and Makers Fair were opened up nationwide, but the quality of art produced in Bradford is high, so selection hasn't kept them away!
We are now funded by Bradford Council through their Arts and Regeneration Fund, until 2018. This means we'll be looking for new ways to support and promote artists living and working in the City and District, so look out for opportunities coming up. Join our mailing list to keep in touch.
Bringing the world to Saltaire
Saltaire is a location of national and international significance, architecturally and artistically. As well as supporting creativity in Saltaire and its surrounding area, we aim to bring the best of visual art and craft to the World Heritage site, as an inspiration to local practitioners and audiences. Submissions to the Open Houses and to our Makers Fairs are considered by an independent panel of artists and industry professionals, and we strive to bring new work to our events each year.
We aim to support and promote emerging visual artists, and also to commission established artists to respond to Saltaire and its unique architectural and industrial heritage.
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Saltaire and Community
Creative activities for everyone
We aim to offer great ways for adults and children to get involved in creative activities within the unique spaces of Saltaire.
Our annual Living Advent Calendar makes use of residents' creativity and ingenuity as well as their windows , and we have plans to make this an even more actively creative and social event by offering artists' workshops, get-togethers and celebrations in the weeks leading up to the event and throughout the Christmas season.
Drop-in creative family activities are always a major part of the Saltaire Arts Trail; we're constantly dreaming up ways to improve and expand them. We also plan to work with Shipley College, with local practitioners and with commissioned artists to bring adult taster sessions and masterclasses to the event.
We provide opportunities to learn more about contemporary craft and design through our Makers Fairs, with demonstrations and workshops and, wherever possible, the chance for visitors to get involved and find out what it takes to be a maker.