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Selection & Fees

Selection & Fees

Selection & Fees

Selection Criteria & Fees

Who Do We Support?

Our members are UK-based designers and makers, both individuals, partnerships and small companies, who are producing exceptional craft, design and product, from contemporary interpretations of traditional craft to cutting-edge experimentation and collaboration.

Qualifying craft, design and product categories are:

Architectural Product (3D), Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, Jewellery, Lighting, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Surface Design & Print, Textiles: fashion, Textiles: interiors & Wood

Membership applications should demonstrate:

– deep knowledge of your craft, materials and processes

– active commitment and passion to developing your creative and business practice

– understanding and consideration of the wider contemporary design and craft market and your voice and position within this

– understanding of how Design-Nation can support the development of your practice

– understanding of how you can support the development of Design-Nation.

Our selection panel also use the following criteria to assess applications:

– Quality of work and craftsmanship

– Innovative thinking and/or problem solving

– Entrepreneurial business approach

– Quality of images and presentation of work

– Collaborations and connections with the wider sector

– What Design-Nation membership would give to the applicant’s business.


Membership costs in 2021

Membership costs £120 + VAT per year, payable on selection. (We invoice selected candidates and there is an option to pay in installments.) There is a one-off administration fee of £20 + VAT payable on submission of your application.

Graduate and Associate memberships cost £40 + VAT per year. There is no additional administration fee for either of these.

Additional costs may apply for selected talent development exhibition and project opportunities.

Apply today – application packs  with full instructions can be downloaded from our Membership Types page. The deadlines are 1 February, May, August & November each year.


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