Art markets - apply below
Join us and other wonderful artists during our 2022 programme of art events
Bring your artwork to events at FIVE venues this autumn - East Dulwich, Wood Green, Islington, Finchley Central and Wandsworth.
We charge a flat fee of £55 to take a pitch at any of our outdoor art events (£65 for dates in December) and as well as extensive marketing and promotion of the events, this also covers provision of trestle tables and cover via gazebos/marquees.
We are currently taking applications for five venues:
- Blue House Yard, River Park Road, London N22 7TB
- Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich, London SE22 8EE
- St Mary Magdalene Church, Holloway, London N7 8LT
- Ballards Lane, Finchley Central, London N3 1XW
- Wandsworth - three venues in Putney, Tooting and Nine Elms - open ONLY to Wandsworth based artists, click here for more information
We are always looking for new venues and events, so please ensure you are following us on Instagram where we will announce opportunities.
FAQ and T&C of attendance:
Who is organising these markets?
The markets are being organised by Edward Quigley t/a Citizens Art London. Edward Quigley is the founder of Citizens Art London and is also a visual artist and photographer.
What type of art is permitted/not permitted? If in doubt, contact the organiser.
Open - applications are judged on their merit and whilst previous events focused on visual arts, we'd now love to see a wider variety of works at our events.
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.
Neither Citizens Art London, Edward Quigley or any partners that we work with in the organisation of these events will take 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 the intention is to create a vibrant, welcoming environments 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, as are food traders (where there is no existing food offer). 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 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?
Selection of participating artists will be based upon information provided in completed application forms and examples of work submitted/shared on artists social media
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
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
Selection will factor the artwork, price point and willingness / capacity of artists to promote the market and fee payment by deadline provided
The selection process is an equal opportunities process and is not influenced by gender, race, religion, belief, disability or age
The market organiser, with support from tenants at Blue House Yard, will select participating artists for each market
THE DECISION TO ACCEPT OR REJECT AN APPLICATION IS FINAL
What do I need to bring to each event?
Your artwork (!)
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.
What about covid19 preparations?
We have liaised with landlords and local authority licensing officers in connection with the guidance they give to market traders . Thankfully, outdoor events carry less risk in terms of covid19, but we are currently adhering to the following guidance:
Please respect others by providing as much social distancing as you're comfortable with
Encourage members of the public to avoid handling artwork as much as is possible
Similarly, make use of contactless payment methods rather than cash, as much as is possible
Face masks - unless mandated by the Government or by local authority officers, we currently feel that it should be the decision of each trader as to whether they wear a face mask/visor
Changes to Government guidance on operation of outdoor markets - the organiser will continue to closely monitor Government guidance on outdoor events and markets, and ensure operation of the BHY art market is in compliance with guidance at the time
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.