Makers Fairs

We are thrilled to be returning LIVE to Victoria Hall during the final weekend of Saltaire Festival (18 & 19 Sept), to showcase some of the UK’s best contemporary craft and design, featuring over 40 selected exhibitors from across the region and beyond. Carefully chosen for their quality and originality, these independent designer makers’ contemporary, handmade creations make wonderful gifts for you, your home or a very lucky recipient!

Ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, printmaking, woodwork, homewares and more; this is your chance to browse and buy, or even commission something special. Selected artists will be giving demonstrations of their craft during the event. Plus, there will be the chance to win unique prizes in our popular Art Tombola.

Please note that there will not be a pop-up café in Victoria Hall this year, however there are a number of cafés close by.

Opening information:
Saturday 18 September, 11am - 5pm; Sunday 19 September, 10am - 5pm
Entry £2 (under 16s free)

> Visit our exhibitor Gallery HERE

> Click here for details of maker demonstrations throughout the weekend

In order to provide a safe environment for our visitors, exhibitors and volunteers, the following measures will be in place:
- Exhibitors, volunteers and visitors will be asked to wear face coverings whenever possible
- Visitor capacity will be monitored closely, and may be limited during busy periods to ensure the space is not over-crowded
- Adequate space between stalls to allow for social distancing
- A one-way system will be in place to avoid bottlenecks
- Doors and windows will remain open to ensure ventilation
- Hand sanitiser will be availble throughout the building


Virtual Makers Fair 2021 - part of Saltaire Arts Trail. This event has now finished.

The Saltaire Virtual Makers Fair returned this spring with a fresh new take on our popular online event, taking place at and across Saltaire Inspired’s Instagram and Facebook accounts over two long-weekends:
Week 1: Fri 28 - Mon 31 May
Week 2: Thurs 3 - Sun 6 June
> Browse all makers who took part in the Virtual Makers Fair Artist Gallery


As a response to the challenges facing artists and makers due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to replace our twice-annual Makers Fair events that Saltaire Inspired host at Victoria Hall, Saltaire, during the Saltaire Arts Trail in May and Saltaire Festival in September, we held two online events and a pop up shop in 2020. Two successful Virtual Makers Fairs, in partnership with ShopAppy, ran in May/June and Oct-Dec. Selling work from a selection of the UK's finest designer-makers, these events allowed customers to  browse and buy from the comfort of their own home.

From October - December 2020, we were delighted to present Saltaire Makers Fair Pop-Up, a temporary gallery where audiences could browse and buy from a rotating selection of their favourite Saltaire Makers Fair artists.

> View the Pop Up artist gallery


The Saltaire Makers Fair promotes the best independent artists, makers and designers from across the UK, displaying and selling their contemporary and original creations. Showcasing new designs in ceramics, jewellery, glass, silver, metal, books, paper, leather, wood, plastics, furniture, textiles, accessories, printmaking and photography, there is sure to be something to delight and appeal to every taste.

WATCH our short film to find out more about the Makers Fair and hear what the makers think:

Saltaire Arts Trail 2016 - Makers Fair from White Rabbit Productions on Vimeo.

The Makers Fairs are held in May, as part of Saltaire Arts Trail and in September as part of Saltaire Festival. In May the Fair is the craft and design highlight of the Saltaire Arts Trail and in September it forms the major visual arts element of the Festival.

All makers are welcomed from contemporary artists to designer-makers working in ceramics, jewellery, glass, silver, metal, books, paper, leather, wood, plastics, furniture, fashion textiles and accessories, interior textiles printmaking and photography.

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