Artist application form
Join the Citizens Art Market community...
Our art markets are incredibly popular with artists - the majority of whom apply to return to events.
Please complete the application form below. Once received, we will assess your application and confirm acceptance or otherwise. Unfortunately, we cannot provide feedback on applications that are rejected - but if this is because of an issue with the completion of the form below, we will notify you and give you the opportunity to provide the information required.
Acceptance of your application will generate an invoice for the date/s you choose - your place at our events are subject to payment in full, without exception.
Please ensure you read the FAQs and T&C (found below the application form) fully before submitting your application.
FAQ and T&C of attendance:
How successful are the markets for artists?
In a survey of participating artists in the 2020 initial markets, the following responses were submitted:
97% of artists covered their pitch fee
88.9% of artists covered ALL costs associated with participation
89% confirmed they would return to future markets and 100% said they would recommend to fellow artists
“I love it, such a great vibe there!”
“My favourite little colourful, arty corner of Wood Green! Love the vibe, love all the independent businesses!”
“Very good vibe, well set up and organised, really reasonable pitch fee to help artists make it worthwhile, great support and help with pre market preparation”
“Very well organised art market set in a lovely yard of independent shops”
Who is organising these markets?
The markets are being organised by Citizens Art Market with support from Meanwhile Space CIC. Edward Quigley is the founder of Citizens Art Market and is also a multi-disciplinary visual artist and photographer, with a studio based at Blue House Yard. Edward launched the series of outdoor markets in 2020 and such was their success, Meanwhile Space CIC invited Edward to organise similar events at their other site at Ebury Edge.
What type of visual art is permitted/not permitted? If in doubt, contact the organiser.
Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and 2D / 3D art.
What does the pitch fee cover?
The pitch fee covers: marketing and promotional campaigns (see below), provision of market tables placed under shared gazebos, the costs (materials and staff) of 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.
Do I need insurance?
Traders are strongly to advised to take out public liability insurance, in the event that there is a claim arising from attendance at any of the markets. Neither Citizens Art Market, nor Edward Quigley nor 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 welcoming environments for artists and visitors alike.
Will there be any other outdoor traders, other than artists, attending the market?
Live music and other forms of performance art can be an important part of bringing people into our events. In December markets, food traders may compliment the art market but these will be located separately, on site.
We are also keen to include at each event participatory arts activities for members of the public.
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 Citizen Art Market and partner social media platforms, which will be intensified in the run up to each market
Similar campaign across Twitter and Instagram by the organise
Leaflet drops to neighbouring residential areas
Press release to local newspapers
Sourcing partners/sponsors to help promote/enhance events
Participating artists are encouraged to follow @citizensartmarket 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 the guidelines 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 following submission of an application form, 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 award 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?
Your artwork (!), your fully charged payment system (very important, obviously!), any battery operated lighting you wish to use, 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 AND 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 - the many previous markets at Blue House Yard 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 such as markets carry less risk in terms of covid19, but we are currently adhering to the following guidance:
Social distancing will be in place. Please work with the public to ensure this is observed
One-way systems may be in place around the market. Please work with the public to ensure this is observed, where applicable
Artists will naturally be a minimum of 1m from each other and mostly 2m away. Please work with each other to maintain physical distancing as much as is practicable
Hand sanitiser available across the market - this is the responsibility of artists in terms of their pitches
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
Gloves - participating traders are encouraged to bring latex gloves and use these whilst trading
Face masks - as an outdoor market, this guidance will not apply to the Blue House Yard Art Market. We 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.
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 the organiser has to cancel the market for whatever reason, this will be communicated to all participating artists immediately, by 'phone and by email, and full refunds will be issued.
What are the access arrangements on the day of a market?
These will be communicated to artists upon payment of invoices for each location.
Will there be access to power at the market?
No. There will be no access to mains power, and traders are encouraged to bring their own battery operated lighting, if they feel it is necessary.
Can artists play music from their pitch
No. Live entertainment will be provided or the organiser will arange for music to be played at locations, where appropriate.
Rubbish and waste
Please ensure that you take away all rubbish and waste at the end of the day, leaving the yard as you found it.
Who is responsible for the market on the day?
We will have a member of staff on site throughout the day, and will provide artists with full contact information.