Where do I apply?
The first round of applications to participate in DesignMarch 2020 will open here in August 2019.
To make sure you’re well prepared, we strongly advise you to read through the information below.
Who can participate?
- designers, architects, studios, and offices
- companies that base their operations on design or architecture
- companies that sell designs or design products
- cultural institutions, museums and galleries that stand for, or host, a design exhibition or event
- educational institutes of design and architecture
How are the exhibitions and events selected?
The DesignMarch selection committee* will review applications for participation and select exhibitions and events that will be featured at the festival.
Each year the committee strives to make a professional and focused programme presenting impressive and interesting projects of high quality appealing to different target groups.
The projects will be grouped by these emphases:
a) ambitious and professionally curated projects/projects assigned by galleries or official exhibition spaces.
b) experimental, original or innovative projects
c) projects with business as a primary objective
d) studio visits / open house
e) forums, seminars and discussions
Note! A selection of exhibitions and events will be given special attention to in all promotional material. The selection committee will decide which projects will be given the spotlight, including in the DesignMarch brochure, social media, newsletters and on the website. All applicants will be considered for selection.
* The selection committee is made up of the DesignMarch Board, the director of DesignMarch, Programme Coordinator and a member appointed by the Iceland Academy of the Arts.
How do I apply to participate?
The process is in two parts, first you apply for participation and following approval you will be asked to add additional information both text and images, the information given may be used in promoting the event and the festival.
You’ll be able to submit the idea of the exhibition/event through the application form for DesignMarch here.
The application system will open in August 2019. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with further announcements.
What should the application include?
An application explains the idea, objective and content of the exhibition/event and outlines the framework, agenda and what makes the project unique, interesting and professional. The application is your pitch. Tell the committee why the exhibition/event should be a part of DesignMarch. Other practical information is also requested. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications in a timely manner, as applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and responses regarding participation will be sent out at least twice during the period.
My application was approved – What’s next?
Once your application has been approved we will send you a link where you will be able to register and receive a webkey for authentication. The next step is logging in to your form that will have some pre entered information from your application, it is vital that you review that information and fill out the additional information as requested. It is important to take care that the information entered both text and images is of quality as it will be used to promote the event and the festival on designmarch.is / honnunarmars.is and in other media.
The sooner you submit your information and images, the sooner we are able to utilise it for promotional purposes.
Does DesignMarch provide venues for events / exhibitions?
Exhibitors are responsible for finding a venue for events/exhibitions. However, the DesignMarch team is willing and able to help. We can advise on optimal exhibition spots and/or hook you up with local designers – because we are all here to network.
Where can I contact designers within my field?
The Iceland Design Centre design associations cover all fields of design.
Here are contacts to their chairmen/project managers:
Association of Icelandic Architects -Karl Kvaran – ai(at)ai.is
Icelandic Society of Furniture and Interior Architects – Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir – fhi(at)fhi.is
Federation of Icelandic Landscape Architects – Svava Þorleifsdóttir – email@example.com
Association of Icelandic Product and Industrial Designers – Brynhildur Pálsdóttir firstname.lastname@example.org
Icelandic Association of Ceramic Artists – Sigrún Norðdahl – leirlistafelagislands(at)gmail.
Association of Icelandic Fashion Designers – Eygló Margrét Lárusdóttir – fatahonnunarfelag(at)gmail.com
Icelandic Textile Guild – Ragna Fróðadóttir – ragnafroda(hjá)gmail.com
Icelandic Goldsmith’s Association – Halla Bogadóttir – hbo(at)tskoli.is
Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers – Kristín Eva Ólafsdóttir – almennt(at)teiknarar.is
What are the participation fees?
ISK 15.000 Per Designer/exhibitor
ISK 7.500 Per Designer/exhibitor (50% discount for Members of the Iceland Design Centre design associations)
Each designer (or brand) exhibiting at the premises of e.g. another company, gallery or in a museum (i.e. not at own venue) pays this fee.
Venue and curated exhibitions
ISK 39.000 Fee for a hosting venue or a curated exhibition
ISK 19.500 A hosting venue owned by a member of the Iceland Design Centre design associations – 50% discount
A hosting venue refers to the premises of a company, museum or association exhibiting own work or hosting exhibitions by others. A curated exhibition refers to a design exhibition where the choice of exhibition scope and objects is determined by a curator, instead of by the initiative of the objects’ designers.
ISK 15.000 Student exhibition
Student exhibition refers to an exhibition by collegian designers and architects from acknowledged design faculties.
The venues are not organized or rented out by the Iceland Design Centre. Prices for exhibition spaces varies and must be discussed with the owner of the space in question.
What is DesignMatch and how do I partake?
DesignMatch pairs local designers with international design producers, retailers, curators, journalists, and other design actors. Please get in touch to find out more, or keep an eye out on further announcements.
Where can I get more information on DesignMarch?
The Iceland Design Centre organises open meetings for all DesignMarch applicants/participants. The meetings serve as a platform in which practical issues and questions can be addressed in a cozy atmosphere. See when the next meeting is scheduled here. The DesignMarch team is also happy to help at email@example.com or +354 771 2200.