Great Scottish Make Off – Call For Artists

GSMO-FBCall for Artists – The Great Scottish Make Off – by Pop Up! Scotland (Fringe 2016)

What is the Great Scottish Make Off?Main Participant Information | Mini-Market Stall InformationWorkshop Proposal information

Location: Edinburgh – C Venues South | Dates: Edinburgh – 5-12 August 2016 | Submission Deadline: 11 July (rolling)

For the second consecutive year in Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Pop Up Scotland’s Great Scottish Make Off (aka GSMO) will take place in the summer 2016. We’re looking for Exhibitors for our speedy Mini-Market, unique hands on workshops, and, of course, show case participants in the main event itself.

What is The Great Scottish Make Off?

Think of the bits of your favourite reality cooking competition and replace food with art, then throw yourself into the middle and make it a festival and you’ve got The Great Scottish Make Off. It will be coming to you in person across several cities in Scotland. It includes part competition, part exhibition, part hands on workshop, and part sheer creative madness.

For the Make Off itself, Artists will be selected as the contestants and will be given a brief, materials, and a day to create a work in a friendly “competition”. The international community visiting the Fringe will be along to watch, and we’ll be offering a chance for anyone and everyone to get involved by shopping at artist stalls, having their own mini-make off workshops, and enjoying live entertainment in our festival atmosphere. It’s all about engaging local communities, highlighting local artists, and introducing more people to the benefits of creativity.

Our objective is to provide a showcase for a wide diversity of arts and artists, crafts and craftspeople as part of the world’s largest music and arts festival.

The Great Scottish Make Off is for everyone with an interest in art and craft, and we want to reach out to those who don’t think creativity is for them.

  1. Artists
  • Artists will be invited to participate through a simple application process and will be focusing on the theme “Inner Peace/Inner Demons”
  • They will create a piece of work over 4-5 hours
  • They will use materials provided and be allowed to bring in additional materials that fit into a rucksack
  • The finished work will be included in an exhibition highlighting all participating artists.
  • Artists will be able to sell their work in stall space at the venue.
  1. Workshops
  • We aim to build a bridge between the art community and every day life, and will be connecting artists with their community through hands on workshops.
  • Artists-lead workshops will be aimed at all ages and abilities.
  • Mini-make off opportunities will be offered to explore the limitations of “speed making”
  1. Community Involvement
  • We will engage the local and creative communities in Scotland by bringing the Make Off to different cities.
  • Stall space in the venue will create a market atmosphere and allow the artists to sell their work direct to the public.
  • Target locations are Paisley and Edinburgh, with future events across Scotland.
  1. Project Objectives
  • This project is aimed at creating a uniquely event that celebrates the creative spirit of Scotland’s unique communities
  • Bring together local artists and the wider Scottish community to promote the artists’ careers
  • Introduce the benefits of creativity to those who don’t think the arts are for them
  • Create a fun and engaging event that showcases Scotland’s creativity to a wider, international audience.
  1. Target Audience
  • The Great Scottish Make Off is open and welcoming to anyone who wants to come along. We aim to make the event inclusive in line with our social aims. There are three key groups we want to engage in our events:
  • Families with children under 12: Engaging them with family friendly programming and workshops.
  • Young people looking for unique social experiences
  • Community members looking for a fun and creative weekend activity.

The Great Scottish Make Off – Main Event Participants

Under the general theme Inner Peace/ Inner Demons, we address an open invitation to artists of various mediums and techniques that are interested in participating in this year’s project. It is an original artistic event based on the ideas of cultural exchange and the exposition of artistic production as a process. The participating artists shall create works in situ, in a specially prepared studio at C Venues, open to the public and subsequently their creations will be presented at the group exhibition Inner Peace/ Inner Demons in Edinburgh.

The main aim of the group is to present all the stages of the artistic process, from the conception of the creative idea to the final result, the exhibition and the “offering” of the work to the spectator’s critical eye. The basic concept of the project (Inner Peace/ Inner Demons), takes as its starting point the inner artistic journey characterised by contrasts, while at the same time it can be interpreted as a critical comment on the contemporary era of differences and of the continuous struggle between “good and evil”. Submit Here


Location: C Venues South at Lutton Place (Edinburgh)
– Exploration, inspiration, and planning – morning until 1pm.
– Making: 4-5 hours in the after noon.

Materials and tools: To create an interactive event on a variety of levels, artists will also explore part of the city before they begin creating and will be given a budget of £10 to select an object or objects of any type to include in the piece. Participants will be encouraged to engage with the festival goers, tweet and instagram the journey of inspiration and development during the morning before spending 4-5 hours in the afternoon creating the work.

  • Some basic art supplies and building materials will be provided, based on donations, artists are welcome to suggest and request materials and tools
  • Artists can bring what fits in a rucksack (Ryanair carryon size) of their own materials or tools to use in the project.
  • Artists will be provided £10 the morning of to buy any special addition discovered during their exploration of the city to be used in the work.
  • We will send out a confirmation of most materials available before hand, you are not required to use everything provided but must use some of it.
  • The finished piece should not be larger than 1 cubic meter.


We invite interested artists to submit their proposals. Please find attached the application form.

  • Deadline for submission of applications is 11 July (rolling).
  • Applications should be sent to the following email address:
  • Participants will be informed through mail that will be declared as e-mail address of the artist. Participants’ names will be announced on the Pop Up Scotland’ s website Soon after decisions are made.
  • Images: Up to 3 high-res examples of work should be submitted which will be used in promotion for the event. The work you create can be different from your traditional style or technique, but we will base decisions on the combination of your written proposal and images. Images should be high resolution, min 300dpi. Images should be labeled FirstName_Lastname_01.jpg. Please send JPG or PNG files. IF image files are too large you may also submit them via Dropbox: Great Scottish Make Off Dropbox Submissions

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