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NEW MAKING DORSET 30 January 2017


MAKing Dorset 17
a book + a launch and showcase + future events
a Dorset Visual Arts initiative produced in association with Evolver Magazine

OVERVIEW: Making Dorset is a long term initiative being launched with a book entitled 50 Dorset MAKers
The book will follow the same high quality, square format, as the celebrated Evolver publication ’50 Wessex Artists’. The 50 Makers featured will be selected - see below. The aim of the book is not only to celebrate the rich ecology of makers in Dorset, but must also be seen as a promotional tool. The participants and DVA will endeavour not only to sell but also to distribute copies to key national individuals and organisations.

The book launch event will take the form of an installation and exposition event of work by the Makers featured at DVA’s future home - the recently renovated Wolfeton Riding House, Charminster, nr. Dorchester. The event will take place on the weekend of the 01 + 02 July following a special preview on Friday 30 June. The dates enable the event to feature as the first in Evolver’s programme of 100 Events across Wessex celebrating its 100th edition.

We expect the launch event to be followed by a series of open studio events, talks and demonstrations over the next 12months - being careful not to affect Art Weeks ’18 visitor numbers.

The book will be used as the first of a number tools and initiatives designed to raise the profile of Making in Dorset and establish it as a long term brand, aiming to trigger discourse between makers, buyers and collectors and a presence at Makers Events nationally and internationally. Beyond this immediate project, we intend to apply for extra resources to research and develop a business plan to support this initiative.

Selection is by invitation or application. Final selection will be made by a small team appointed by Dorset Visual Arts including the 50 Dorset Makers curator, Simon Olding and Simon Barber. The closing date for entries is 28th February. A factor in decision making will be to make the book representative of a range of making; i.e. not skewed to over-represent, for example, ceramics or furniture. Guidelines for writing profiles will be sent with notice of inclusion. All writing will be edited by Making Dorset to ensure consistency across the publication. Edited text will be returned for sign-off. We also need to ensure consistency in the quality of images - see Entry Costs.
Whilst the focus of 50 Dorset Makers will be on current and emergent makers producing professionally acclaimed work, the broader Making Dorset initiative will seek to celebrate the lives and work of some of the legends of Making Dorset, perhaps in a future publication.

Making Dorset will be supported by a social media campaign and simple website. Links to other organisations and publications are being explored. More information about the event at Wolfeton - will be sent to all accepted for inclusion in the book.

The Making Dorset forum will be a representative group that drives future Making Dorset initiatives. These will broaden in scope to celebrate design, architecture and both established and new making technologies evident in Dorset’s creative sectors.

PRINT RUN: Square format - 20x20cm. Initial print run circa 4000
All makers will receive a stock of 50 books with a cover price of £10. This will enable entrants to sell and recoup their investment and use copies for their own publicity purposes. Makers may opt for an additional 15 copies by adding £50 to their entry fee.

ENTRY COST: £350 - for double page spread - pages are 20x20cm. Format: Left hand page: biography and portrait photograph. Facing page: his res. / artwork image/images of work. Payment will be required following selection and not later than the 15 March. For quality and consistency, the portrait photograph is included in the cost. Any additional professional photography of objects necessary to ensure consistency of quality across the publication will be charged at a reasonable rate - t.b.c. However, we expect makers to have this pretty much in-hand.

Please email your interest with a short - 100 word summary statement and four or five high quality photographs of your work. The text should include some focus on what you do and how you work, where you work and your exhibition and commissioning history.
NB - If you completed the original, on-line Making Dorset application and uploaded images, you don’t need to do this; just confirm your interest by email.

CLOSING DATE 28 February.
Email entries to: [email protected]
Applications must be made in time for selection to be completed by end of February.

BUT PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU INTEND TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE - we have to know this project is viable.
Please feel free to call to discuss the initiative on Mondays or Wednesdays - 01305 853100 or email an enquiry with your phone number and convenient times to call.