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Holiday Artist Market 2020

The 2020 BCA Holiday Artist Market will be held on Dec. 5-6 (rain dates Dec. 12-13) outside in the newly reopened City Hall Park. Participating artists will be invited to bring their own tents or may request to have a tent supplied.

The BCA Holiday Artist Market seeks to contribute unique, contemporary, and diverse artisan products to Burlington’s vibrant downtown shopping district. The BCA Holiday Artist Market joins together seasoned artists and creators with vendors who are trying to get their practice started. The market is looking for artists who exhibit professionalism and quality to the consumer, have a clear brand identity, strive for diversity in their product offerings and price points, and contribute to creating a cohesive and cooperative holiday market.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES & CRITERIA

Please note that all BCA communication regarding the market will be conducted by email. We will only charge your card for the $25 application fee. If you are accepted into the market you will receive separate payment information and sign up guidelines by email.

The application period concludes November 3, 2020.

There will be an independent jury of 4-6 community members that will make the decision on whose applications are accepted. To ensure a diversity of offered products, the jury may limit spaces representing a particular medium (for example, ceramics or jewelry) while there are still slots available in other media.

MARKET REQUIREMENTS

The cost of the market is $85 per booth to bring your own tent for the weekend & $115 per booth for the weekend to have tent supplied, this is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Market will be held on Dec. 5-6 (with a rain date of Dec. 12-13).
Majority of booth sizes are 12x10ft for the purpose of social distancing between vendors, with a pre-determined layout.
Artists display booth size will remain limited to 6ft x 6ft space within the larger 12ft x 10ft space to encourage safe social distancing.
All sales must adhere to Vermont sales tax laws.
Load in will be from 7-8 am, with everything in your space by 8 am. Booths will be set up by 9:30 am, ready for selling at 10 am. Break down and load-out will be on day two at 3-4 pm.

JURY CRITERIA

High quality, professional products
Diversity of products (aesthetics, mediums/category, price points, etc.)
Each category (ceramics, clothing,  ne art, etc.) will have a maximum number of vendors to ensure that the market does not have a disproportionate number of one media
High quality and professional displays
Creating a combination of returning vendors and new artists/creators. This helps pass on learned experience to new artists, while keeping the market vibrant and innovative

JURY GUIDELINES

Jury is comprised of 4-6 jurors
Jurors are responsible for maintaining objectivity, an ability to assess art beyond their personal taste, integrity, and fairmindedness
Jurors will assess applications solely based on the strength of the applications themselves. Applicant are encouraged to provide detailed overviews of their products and clear and compelling descriptions of their displays.
Jurors will be kept confidential.

The health and safety of our community is paramount, and while we know how vital the arts can and will be during this unprecedented disruption, we all need to participate in the state’s strategy for slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which includes social distancing. Until a time where it is determined otherwise, we are planning on moving ahead with planning the 2020 Holiday Artist Market as scheduled. BCA is working with the City and with the Vermont Department of Public Health to meet these challenging times as best we can, this might include postponement of the opening of the market or other safeguards.
 

APPLY HERE

 

Location: 
City Hall Park
Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401