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Call For Entries – New Mills Festival – Art Trail 2017
Submission open date: 12th March 2017
Submission deadline: midnight 7th May 2017

About New Mills Festival Art Trail & Big Weekend
The Art Trail forms part of the New Mills Festival which takes place across New Mills, Derbyshire from the 8th to the 24th September 2017.

The Art Trail turns the town into a gallery. In 2016 more than fifty local businesses signed up to host artists' work in their windows and premises.

Artists can apply for one or more of the opportunities below.

Submission is FREE. However, there is a £20 charge* made to successful artists for inclusion in the Art Trail promotional material.

*other pricing configurations may apply, depending on the venue, number of artists etc.

Art in Windows
To submit an entry to take part in the New Mills Festival Art Trail and have your work chosen to be displayed in one of the available windows, SEE FURTHER DETAILS HERE

Big Weekend
The Art Trail includes a "Big Weekend", timed to coincide with the hugely popular Lantern Procession finale, which attracts an audience of more than 14,000 to the town. The Big Weekend sees artists and venues across New Mills open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops and demonstrations, and arts and crafts markets. Details of all the venues are included in the Art Trail. If you would like to open your studio/home/venue to take part in the Big Weekend, APPLY HERE

Pop Up Venues
Pop Up venues can be open throughout the two-week period and/or during the Big Weekend. If you would like to submit a proposal or work to be curated in the Pop Up Venues please consult the list below for full details including opening times and dates, costs, whether the space is manned or unmanned. Then complete the application, entering your choice(s) of venue on the online application. SEE FURTHER DETAILS HERE

*Pop Up Venues can be spaces for displays or exhibitions manned or unmanned. They can also be selling spaces in existing venues. Please see the list below for opening times and dates, additional costs.

*Spring Bank Arts Centre Pop-up Venue - this is a selling opportunity where you will be given a space in the venue to set up a display. This space is curated by New Mills Festival. The display must be manned by the artist. More information HERE

*New Mills Heritage Centre Pop-up Venue - this is a exhibition opportunity for the duration of the Art Trail. You will be given a space in the venue to set up a display. This space is curated by New Mills Festival. Group applications for this venue are welcomed. More information HERE

The Art Trail is not themed, however the theme for the New Mills Festival this year is "Around the World". Proposals which respond to this topic will be welcomed.

Larger Display Spaces
Alongside applications from artists for the smaller shop windows the organisers are particularly interested in hearing from artists who would like to tackle one of the bigger display spaces, either for a larger installation or for a display from a group. Please email to discuss your ideas. There is a small materials budget available for these spaces. More information HERE

Follow the art trail’s progress on Twitter @nmfestivalarts, and Facebook