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Design-Nation launches new era of membership to mark 20th year

Design-Nation is a membership network and portfolio that comprises a rich and diverse pool of highly skilled designers and makers from across the UK.

With a commitment to developing and championing creative talent at every stage of career, we are delighted to announce an extended range of opportunities for members as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.

The package of benefits is bigger than ever before and includes new projects, initiatives and opportunities alongside core membership benefits as detailed below. It’s a great time to apply to join!

Membership application deadlines are 1st February and 1st August, however there is still time to apply for the February selection as our panel are meeting to assess applications at the end of the month. Applications will be accepted up until noon on Monday 24 February, contact for an application form.


Benefits of Membership

At Design-Nation we deliver a UK wide programme that encourages ambition and excellence and empowers designers and makers to build and grow a sustainable creative practice.

Design-Nation members benefit from a core range of creative and business support, including:

  • Brand accreditation as a selected member
  • Profile and exposure through our online portfolio
  • Ongoing promotion through our newsletter, blog and social media
  • Critical feedback and professional development advice
  • Specialist targeted support via a diagnostic action plan
  • Group exhibition opportunities at UK trade and retail fairs
  • Major exhibition opportunities at London Craft Week, London Design Festival and Decorex International
  • Exhibition and retail opportunities at The National Centre for Craft & Design (Design-Nation’s home)
  • Touring exhibitions
  • Invitations to networking and membership events
  • Up to date information on UK craft and design opportunities and news


To mark Design-Nation’s 20th anniversary this year, we are launching a number of new initiatives and opportunities:

  • ‘20 members 20 products’ project
  • Talent development programme – new graduate programme, membership taster days, study & industry days, events, talks, lectures, awards, new digital resource hub (coming soon), targeted support programmes for new start-ups, emerging and established members
  • Enhanced membership programme – access to different levels of business support to give you the specialist tools, knowledge and skills required to build and grow a successful and sustainable creative business
  • Cluster hubs – connect with likeminded members in your area and collaborate on creative development projects, exhibitions and events
  • Partnership projects – Design-Nation will be working with a range of industry partners to bring you opportunities to collaborate and innovate to develop your product and grow your professional practice.


Membership Eligibility

We support members that produce 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 will 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 will Design-Nation membership mean to you?


Membership costs

Membership costs £120 + VAT per year, payable on selection.

Graduate membership costs £40 + VAT per year, please contact us for details

There is a one-off administration fee of £15 + VAT payable on submission of your application.

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


For any queries regarding membership please contact Hayley Banks, Membership Manager:

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