Designers offered chance to showcase work at library’s Spring Market.

The British Library, based near St. Pancras, London, is offering designers and craftspeople the chance to showcase their work among fashion designers, illustrators, craftspersons and digital designers at its Spring Festival.

The market, which runs from March 1 to 5, is a five-day celebration of the UK’s creative industries and its Spring Market competition will allow entrants the chance to sell their wares at their very own stall during the festival.


The market will be situated in the British Library Piazza, showcasing work from “12 of the UK’s most groundbreaking designers”.

Winners can also take part in a workshop at the library focused on how best to run a market stall as well as gaining access to a range of specialist advice from leading figures within the creative industries.

Guests and experts taking part in the festival include the queen of crockery, Emma Bridgewater, illustrator Quentin Blake and co-creator of animated band Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett.

The winning entrants will also receive business support through the British Library’s Business and IP Centre. Entrants will also have the opportunity to be included in the Spring Festival’s marketing campaign.

The competition winners will be announced on the British Library’s website and Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as in a press release distributed to a range of national and regional media outlets.

Competition judge Barny Crockford, who has run market stalls in Spitalfields, Camden Lock and Greenwich market said: “This once-in–a-lifetime competition is a great chance for all up-and-coming designers to sell their wares to a unique audience.”

Entrants to the competition simply need to show that they have used the British Library in some way: whether through attending a British Library event, used its Business & IP Centre, seen an exhibition or have a reader pass.

To enter, head to the British Library site where an application form can be downloaded. All completed entries must be sent by Sunday January 29.

The library is also set to run a competition for a jeweller in residence, that will be launched during the Spring Festival. More details will be released soon.