Calling all artists: Exhibit in a prime NQ location

Situated in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, the Manchester Craft & Design exists to advance and encourage participation in contemporary visual art, craft and design.

The centre’s annual On The Wire exhibition showcases the very best of both British and international contemporary craft and design from a suspended wire of the beautiful Victorian building. This year’s artists will be sourced from an open call and organisers wish to encourage as many passing artists as possible to put their work forward.

This opportunity is open to any maker working in the UK in any craft or design-based practice.

Pitched as an exciting opportunity to add another dimension to a designer or maker’s current practice, the work will seen from a variety of angles to a large number of visitors.

Installations from previous years have included a collaborative piece of paper, porcelain and transparent fabric by Manchester School of Art students Emma Scott, Gemma Spall and Ruairi Barfoot and a tropical rainforest recreated from paper models by Kate Kelly.

Key Information:

  • The piece must be under 7 metres long (7m wire total length)
  • The total maximum weight must be 10kg or less
  • Objects must be able to be installed by hand (i.e. without machinery or scaffolding)
  • Artwork must not present a fire risk
  • Entrants should read our [artistic policy] before submitting their proposal. As a contemporary craft organisation we do not prioritise or exhibit fine art, photography or heritage craftwork that seeks to restore or reproduce.


How to make your application stand out:

  • Be unique – we won’t exhibit work that copies, competes or duplicates work already on show at MCDC
  • Be ambitious – the atrium is a large space
  • Photography – don’t do your work a disservice with poor photography.
  • How to apply:
  • Deadline: Monday 30 October 2017
  • Installation: Friday 10th Nov 2017