Guidance Notes

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen welcomes applications from both traditional and innovative makers whose work is of a high standard. The Guild is an association of professional craftspeople who earn, or if just starting their professional career, intend to, earn a substantial part of their income from their craft.

The Guild exists to encourage makers to show their work to a discerning audience and to sell high quality crafts to further their career. Whether you have recently finished a college course or have been making for many years, and are looking for a new approach at a different level, the Guild is here to be supportive and offer an outlet.

The Guild has a long tradition of selling fine crafts and is continually upgrading the standard of work it produces. Please have a look at our current members work on our website to decide whether you think your work matches the standard, this should give you some indication of the standard of work expected from our members.
Please visit our Gallery in Cheltenham before you apply, it is a good idea to get a feel for the kind of work that is being produced.
You are welcome to contact our Membership Secretary, Fionna Hesketh, to discuss any queries you may have.

The Selection Panel are looking for a consistent and coherent body of work that has been produced in the last five years, and which demonstrates a high level of craft skill with a creative voice that demonstrates imaginative, sensitive and appropriate use of materials.
All work must be made by yourself.

The Guild positively encourages experimentation and exploration of ideas and materials, and would expect its members to be continually developing their work.
If your work makes a radical departure from what was originally approved by the selection panel, then you would need to seek the panels approval before the work is exhibited with the guild.

If you are accepted you will be an Associate Member for approximately two years at which point you will be reassessed for full membership, and it will be put to a vote by the full members of the guild.
The majority of the work involved in running the guild is done by its members on a voluntary basis, you will be expected to contribute. Typically, Membership help put up Guild Exhibitions and Steward in the Gallery a minimum of 10 days in one year, usually more.

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to most of the following questions, please carry on, complete and return the on-line application form. You will need to have good quality digital images in a jpeg format.

There will be an administration fee of £25 per applicant

All information you give will be treated as confidential. Please give full and considered answers to the questions. The Selection Panel view and consider applications and invite applicants they wish to interview.

If you are chosen for interview, you will need to have available and bring with you a selection of your work from the last five years.

  1. Does your work demonstrate a high technical level of crafts skills throughout?
  2. Does your work demonstrate a cohesive and innovative body of work that you have made in the last five years?
  3. Does your work have a creative voice?
  4. What do YOU hope to get out of the Guild? You will need to provide a short written statement
  5. Could you run a workshop? Do you have educational skills?
  6. Do you keep an up-to-date digital photographic record of your work?
  7. Do you have time to steward in the Guild Gallery, typically 6 days of the year; Guild exhibitions are 3-4 days required per exhibition, 2-3 exhibitions per year?

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