About the show:
There will be approximately 120 exhibition stands, plus demonstrations, interactive areas, artist talks, cafés, RAW Talent area and our brand new art&Home section.
We are looking for artists/designers to design and create a room set to showcase at art&York 2019.
We are looking for creative people and budding interior designers, with a knack for creating inspirational spaces, to create their own room set at art&York 2019, featuring key pieces of artwork from our talented professional artists.
You don’t have to be a professional or even have experience with curating interiors, we are simply looking for people with a real passion for creating and a great eye.
You will be provided with a blank room set complete with a plug point and spot lights to design and create your interior however you like.
Art on display in these room sets must be from the artists taking part in art&York 2019 and we need to see at least 3 artists featured within each room . Our website will be updated with 2019 artists in May 2019 so you’ll be able to see their inspirational artwork and choose the artists who’s work you’d love to feature in your design.
For example: do you love everything contemporary and colourful? We could team you up with one of our fantastic sculptors who create dramatic abstract artworks. Or maybe your style is more natural and would suit a collection of hand thrown ceramic vessels, with over 120 artists creating unique artworks there are plenty of possibilities for creative collaborations.
Your room sets will then be judged at art&York and the winning set designer will be awarded with their very own bespoke hand crafted art& trophy and a promotional article on our website.
Sounds like you? Apply to take part by filling in our online application form below.
About the show:
There will be approximately 120 exhibition stands, plus demonstrations, interactive areas, mini workshops, café, RAW Talent area plus our new art&Home area featuring a small number of room sets.
Room set designers will be able to stay with their room sets throughout the duration of the show if they want to and will have an extra wristband for helpers if needed.
As with all our shows we aim to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for artists and visitors alike.
We aim to give budding designers and creatives the chance to showcase their talents at the show and help promote the amazing work of the artists taking part in the show.
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. ”
Room Set Spaces:
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 in the room set area are approximately 2m high and will form an ‘L’ shape for you to display within. Depending on the stand size you’ve selected within the application form 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 to add shelves and artwork. Please note: all stands must be left clear of any additions at the end of the show. You are not allowed to wallpaper your Art Display Panels with wallpaper paste but you can pin sheets of wall paper in place. You can paint the display boards with waterbased paints. NO OIL PAINTS PLEASE.
Each room set area will have LED spotlights provided if needed and one plug socket. if you need more plug sockets you can tick a box on the form below and you will be billed £50 for each extra plug socket required – just click this option on the application form. We have various sizes of room sets available. Just tick the appropriate box on the application form below to indicate your preferred stand size.
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.
Room set designers will receive 4 free online tickets to send to friends, businesses, magazines etc.
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 into the main reception and a lift to take work/furniture etc up to the mezzanine and 1st floors.
Please note: large items of furniture etc maybe more difficult to move around the building so think about that within your design.
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.
There is a non-refundable application processing fee of £10.00.
Rules of eligibility:
We accept applications from individual designers or a group working together.
Designers must be creating a unique look at not copying another designers concept.
All artwork displayed within the room set must be from artists taking part in the main show and we’d like to see at least 3 artists featured within each room.
We expect to see inspiring photographs/drawings/mood boards of your proposed room set and this will form the basis of our selection.
Images and descriptions sent could be used for publicity purposes for successful designers.
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.
Notification: All applicants will be emailed a decision 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.
Best wishes, Emily & Victoria.