art& York is freshly branded, improved and developed to be the major art show in Yorkshire.
About the show:
There will be approximately 120 exhibition stands, plus demonstrations, interactive areas, installations, mini workshops, café and RAW Talent area.
We are looking for a balance of creative disciplines including, painting, sculpture, jewellery, photography, lighting, textiles, stone carving, fashion, glass and more.
All stands will be manned by the artists and we are also looking for artists open to demonstrating their work.
As with all our shows we aim to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for artists and visitors alike.
We aim to give artists & designer/makers the chance to sell and receive commissions for their own work in a creative & professional environment without paying any commission.
Comments from artists who took part in our previous shows:
“A huge thank you for all your hard work, I did enjoy myself and have found lots of new customers which is fantastic.”
“Thanks for organising such a fantastic event in York. I would also echo the comments that were made about the quality of the work and I felt honoured to have been selected to participate. I think the balance between activities, demonstrations, points of interest and artists selling their work was perfect and I would have loved to have been a visitor at the show. I’d definitely be interested in participating in the show again.”
“I wanted to say that I loved being part of it….so rare to be involved in a show that has such a high consistency of work.”
“It was such a fantastically well organized event, the volunteers were lovely too. I had a really good weekend thank you. All of the visitors I spoke to said they were really impressed with the standard of pieces exhibited, they loved the mix of artists and designer makers, and the demos, talks and workshops made the event extra special. The racecourse is a great venue, it was as easy as it could be to park and set up / break the stands down.”
“I had a wonderful time at the event, with customers really interested and appreciative of the quality of work, and understanding that good work costs money. Seamlessly organised with a very supportive atmosphere from organisers and other makers, new friends made, and the refreshments and ‘break-out’ space much appreciated.”
“We just wanted to say thanks for a really enjoyable weekend. We were pleased with sales and feel that there is real potential there for the future. As we said to you, we felt there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere even for set-up! We hope to be back again next year. ”
Exhibition Space & Prices:
Art Display Panel Stand:
We use a Art Display Panel system which creates walls of plywood painted white to create a professional gallery type display.
The Art Display Panels are approximately 2.4m high and are 1m wide each. Depending on the stand size you’ve booked you’ll receive that size stand made up of these panels which creates a bay for you to display within.
You are allowed to nail, screw or stick to the Panels when hanging your Art. Please note: all stands must be left clear of any additions at the end of the show. You are not allowed to paint your Art Display Panels.
Each Art Display Panel Stand will have 1 LED spotlight per linear metre as standard.
All the above is included in the price of the stand.
Plug sockets are available @ £50 each for the 3 day show – just click this option on the application form.
Please note: a professional & safe finish to all displays of work is required. Artists who leave velcro/nails/screws etc on their stands at the end of the show will be charged £50. Thank you.
The price includes: three sessions of selling over three days; your own exhibition space created with Art Display Panels; your own profile page with multiple images plus description of your work and link to your website on our website; the chance to have your image chosen to be on our promotional flyer plus your work promoted via our website and social media.
You will also have a Standard Listing in our Event Magazine listing you by stand number, short description of your work and website. If you wish to have an Upgraded Listing in our Event Magazine with image and increased text – see options on the application form.
Practicalities at the show:
There is free parking for artists for the full weekend and loading and unloading is easy and accessible with ground floor access. You cannot stay overnight in your vehicle however you can leave your vehicle overnight if you are staying in a local hotel/B&B etc.
The venue is light and airy and the aisles wide and comfortable for artists and visitors alike.
We have a separate storage space for packaging materials – although your vehicle will only be a maximum of 10 mins away.
There is a non-refundable application processing fee of £10.00.
Rules of eligibility:
We accept applications from individual artists or a group of 2 artists working together under a joint name in this section.
If you want to apply as a Collective Group or as a Gallery – please see our Gallery & Collectives application form here.
Only independent designer/makers & artists of exceptionally high quality will be selected.
Any artists selling jewellery must make sure that all precious metal jewellery is authentically hallmarked as appropriate.
We are looking for artists who create original artworks. We ask all artists who create limited edition prints, bronze casts etc to clearly state those pieces of work that are editions on their application forms with edition numbers.
We are not looking for artists who sell larger numbers of editions or giclee prints and cards of their art works as the main percentage of work. Editions must be 100 or less.
Availability at the show:
‘Meet the artist’ is so important to us and our visitors therefore we expect all selected artists to be at the show each day meeting the visitors and talking about the processes of their work.
We expect to see professional photographs of your work and this will form the basis of our selection. Poor images reflect badly on even amazing work. We expect to see the kind of images we would be happy to print, put forward for press and put on our website.
A plain background and a sharp image can really help.
Images and descriptions sent will be used for publicity purposes for successful artists and will be used to create profile pages on our website – so please consider the images you send carefully.
Please give us the scale/size/price of your work.
All successful applicants must have current Public Liability Insurance on the days of the art& show and bring a copy of their PLI to the show.
If you would like to apply please fill in the form below and add images when requested and pay the £10 application fee.
Deadline: Sunday 3rd March by MIDNIGHT.
Notification: All applicants will be emailed a decision on Wednesday 6th March from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – please add these email addresses to your safe senders list.
Hopefully that has answered most of your questions – if there is something you need to ask – please contact us
We are really looking forward to seeing your application alongside our selection panel which is yet to be announced.
Best wishes, Emily & Victoria.