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Finchley Central art markets and art trail: artists apply below

Join us and other wonderful artists during our autumn art markets and art trail at Finchley Central, Barnet

Autumn art markets at Finchley Central

In partnership with Barnet Council and the Finchley Central Town Centre Town Team, we are delighted to be able to give Barnet based artists and makers the opportunity to show and sell their work, as well as meet with other artists and makers, at three art markets that will take place on the busy Ballards Lane / Albert Place.

Dates for the art markets are: 29th October, 27th November and 17th December, from 1pm to 5pm. We will provide tables and gazebos, you just need to bring a cover for your table, your work and set up.

We charge a flat fee of £55 to take a pitch at any of our outdoor art events (£65 for dates in December). 

We would invite Barnet based artists and makers to apply to join us by completing the form below.

Festive Art Reveal - art trail at Finchley Central

We would also like to invite visual artists, mural makers, sculptors and window artists to register their interest in being part of a Festive Art Reveal project - artists and artworks will be matched to participating businesses, and throughout the month of December, a new work will be revealed each day, supported by the Finchley Central Town Team website and instagram account, as well as our Instagram account.

We would invite Barnet based artists, mural makers, ceramicists, sculptors and photographers to register this interest in the form below - simply provide your contact info at the top of the form, and tick the checkbox to register for more information.

Register your interest in the art trail project - further information will be sent to you:


Find out about our other art events, exhibitions and opportunities 

Please ensure you are following us on Instagram where we will announce additional opportunities, and where we will preview artists that participate in our events.

Apply to show and sell your work at the new Finchley Central art markets and register your interest in the art trail:
Market dates and fees:
Register your interest in the art trail project - further information will be sent to you:
Would you be interested in running an art/creativity workshop (paid opportunity)?

Multiple booking discount: 5% for two dates, 10% for three dates.

Upload three examples of your work, and please ensure your photos are a good representation of your work as this will be a key factor in approving applications.


Your images will also be used to promote you/your work and our events, and by submitting these images you grant consent for Citizens Art Market to use them in marketing and promotion.

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Thanks for submitting your application - we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

FAQ and T&C of attendance:

Who is organising these markets?

The markets are being organised by Citizens Art London CIC - a social enterprise set up to support developing artists and to bring art to communities.


What type of art and craft is permitted/not permitted?

Open - applications are judged on their merit and we'd love to hear from visual artists, photographers, makers, crafters, sculptors etc.

What does the pitch fee cover?

The pitch fee covers: marketing and promotional campaigns (see below), provision of market equipment (gazebos, tables, banners etc), our costs (materials, venue fees and staff), the set-up and set-down on market days and the provision (where possible) of live entertainment to accompany the market. You will simply need to attend, set up your table and commence exhibiting/trading.

When do I need to pay for the pitch?

Immediate payment, in full, is required upon receipt of an invoice for the dates that artists apply for. Your pitch is only secured once you have made payment in full. There are no exceptions.

What is the cancellation policy?

The upfront payment of pitch fees covers the extensive work involved in promoting the markets, as well as set-up/set-down and the provision of tables/gazebos (the costs of which are incurred ahead of market dates). As a result, pitch fees act as a deposit and are non-refundable, except in the event that we have to cancel the market for severe weather or any other reason/s.


In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the event for whatever reason, this will be communicated to all participating artists immediately, by email, and full refunds will be offered OR the opportunity to transfer your booking to another date, subject to availability.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, all participating artists are required to have their own Public Liability Insurance in place.

The Artists Union of England provides insurance cover as part of their membership - more information here.


Citizens Art London CIC take no responsibility for any claims against individual traders participating in the market/s.

How many artists will be attending each market?

It varies from location to location, but usually around 12 artists with the intention to create a vibrant, welcoming environment for artists and visitors alike.

Will there be any other outdoor traders, other than artists, attending the market?

Yes. Live music and other forms of performance art is an important part of bringing people into our events, where we can identify funding to pay artists for their work. If you have any suggestions for types of trader or entertainment that would enhance our events, please get in touch.

Promotion and marketing will include (but not be limited to):

  • ​An ongoing campaign to promote market dates (and participating artists at each market) across the Citizens Art London CIC and partner social media​ platforms

  • Similar campaign across Twitter and Instagram by the organiser and any partners

  • Direct marketing (leaflet drops) to neighbouring residential areas

  • Press release to local/regional newspapers and to event listing websites

  • Sourcing partners/sponsors to help promote/enhance events

Participating artists are encouraged to follow @citizensartldn and partner accounts at each location, and to use the social media tag provided to you as part of your information pack for all posts relating to your attendance at the markets.

What is the application process?

Upon completion and submission of the application form, your application will be reviewed against these T&C's and the criteria below.


Once an artist has had their application approved, they will be issued an invoice confirming the dates they are invited to attend at their chosen location/s.


Once pitch fees are received in full, their pitch will be secured and until fees are paid in full, the pitch is not secured.

What selection criteria do you use when choosing artists?

  1. Selection of participating artists will be based upon information provided in completed application forms and examples of work submitted/shared on artists social media

  2. Preference will be given to artists based close to each location/s, but the organiser reserves the right to offer pitches to artists from other locations

  3. Preference will also be given to artists that have a website and actively use social media (in particular Instagram) - as this will help to ensure the market is successful for all

  4. Selection will factor the artwork, price point and willingness / capacity of artists to promote the market and fee payment by deadline provided

  5. The selection process is an equal opportunities process and is not influenced by gender, race, religion, belief, disability or age

  6. The market organiser, with support from tenants at Blue House Yard, will select participating artists for each market



What do you need to bring to each event?

  • Your artwork (!)

  • Your Public Liability Insurance cover note

  • Your fully charged payment system (very important, obviously!)

  • Any battery operated lighting you wish to use

  • A cloth or table cover/s

  • Any signage you wish to display

  • Tape/scissors are likely to be useful and string is ALWASY useful

  • Bin liners/rubbish bags for your waste

  • Antibacterial hand-sanitiser on your stall will provide reassurance to members of the public (see covid19 preparation point below).

The only other thing we would ask you to bring is your smile and a flexible approach - our many previous events have gone well (and been great fun), but as many of you will likely be aware; unexpected challenges can often pop-up at events and these will be quickly and easily overcome when everyone adopts a positive, solution focused approach.

Filming and photography 

We reserve the right to take photographs and capture video of the market during operation, for promotional purposes, and this includes the potential use of drone videography. If you do not wish to be captured in any photography or filming, please notify the organiser in advance of your attendance. Similarly, if you would like copies of photographs or video, please get in touch.

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