Open call for emerging design talent

In addition to a wide range of exclusive commissions, the Barbican offers a ‘pop-up’ space, showcasing emerging makers on a revolving three-month basis.

Artist Kate Trouw is the second emerging designer-maker to be showcased as part of the Makers InitiativeHer striking range of ceramic jewellery (pictured) is now on sale in the Barbican Shop until close of May 2017.

We are now looking for the next Barbican Maker
Potential applicants' businesses should be under three years old and currently have a minimal retail presence. Designers and makers local to the Barbican – the City of London, Clerkenwell and East London – are particularly welcome.

The successful applicant's work will be on display from June to August 2017. The Barbican will work closely with the makers to identify the best space for their work within the store, how to display it and will promote the work through its marketing, press and social media channels. This new opportunity underlines the Barbican’s commitment to working with emerging talent and supporting their artistic development.

If you would like to submit your work this is what you need to know:

Potential applicants should:
• be operating for under three years
• have retail ready work at under £300 RRP
• supply work on a Sale or Return basis with the Barbican on a 30% commission of retail price after VAT

Products types should:
• broadly fit into one of the following categories - home, gift, collectible, prints, jewellery, stationery or children
• fit the look and feel of the Barbican and its store

Examples of the types of products that the Barbican currently stock are available on our online shop

To apply applicants should send a short paragraph describing themselves and their work along with two JPEG images not exceeding 2MB each, and a link to an online portfolio if available to makers@barbican.org.uk.

Applications close on 31 March for the next cohort of designers. The Barbican will contact the successful shortlist of designers by 9 April.