Providing opportunities, support and mentoring to artists & creators
Sunday 8th December 2019
Christmas Arts is a Participate In Arts event follows the week of The Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre
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Held annually on Sunday 8th of December the week after the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre, inside The Henry Sandon Hall at the Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street.
Hosting up to seventeen artists and artisans offering unique artwork, gifts, cards and much more. On display are oil and watercolour works, photography, pottery, glassware, jewellery, mixed media, soft furnishings and include original pieces, prints and gift sets. Open to the public from 10am to 5pm.
In The Henry Sandon Hall
Sunday 8th December, we are just a stones throw from the Cathedral and Cathedral Square
We are currently in discussion with Worcestershire’s biggest contemporary choir – Voices Unlimited to perform for us throughout the day! More details as we have them
This event is designed to provide maximum exposure and sales opportunities for local artists so participating fees and/or gallery commissions are kept as low as possible. The Christmas Arts is an artist participation fees only event, payable with booking and there are no additional gallery commissions.
Christmas Arts 2019 is only £45 per artist
All planning, trade licences, logistics and event management are dealt with by us.
We will robustly promote each event via blogs and social media, as well as links to artist’s own websites and social media sites. Promotions will include artist name (& brand), public contact details, web links and multiple images of their work.
We will design and produce event posters and flyers, which will be given out across the city and are made available to each artist to help with their own promotional activities. A large promotional banner is placed at the event site for a week before and during the event. Additional banners, directional lamp post signage and even paths of chalk floor decals are displayed before and during the event.
Participation Details and Conditions
Loading/Unloading and Parking:
There are no parking facilities for this event, temporary parking for loading and unloading is provided, but artists must be aware that this is a public highway and local business access and movement will take priority
There are many public car parks in the area with the nearest being King Street Car Park for use during the day.
Conditions of Use:
Set up can begin from 8.30am and must be completed and ready to open by 9:55am
Break down cannot start until 5pm and must be completed by 6:00pm
Artists group photograph to take place on site at 10am
Artists or artist representatives to be present at all times (except breaks)
Artist are responsible for providing their own display equipment and floor furniture in addition to the 6ft tables provided (including table covers)
6ft by 2.6ft table and a chair are provided as standard, but you may have these removed if required
Wall space behind your table is fitted with a STAS art hanging system and you will be provided with one cable (1.5 metres in length) with a single heavy weight hook/clip (up to 14 kgs) and three nylon cables (2 metres in length) with three light weight snap hook/clips (up to 4 kg per hook) per cable
Additional hanging cords and hook/clips can be provided on the day
Artists are responsible for their own sales only
Artists may use the entirety of their stand
Artists can place/display work in front of their tables (such as placement of easels/stands/boxes) but need to be considerate of visitor access to their table and neighbouring tables
Artists tables/spaces are deliberately spread out to give a professional and individual look to each artist area
Artist applications will be vetted to ensure a high standard of work, display and professionalism
If PIA or its representative asks you to remove any display outside your allocated space, this must be done without delay or question.
Each artist/stand will be allocated with a number
An A4 piece of paper marked with your name will be placed on your allocated stand. This may be removed once you have located your space
Stands are pre-allocated and cannot be changed without prior approval by PIA
Table covers must be used (no bare table/counter boards on show), banners must be hung and presented well. We have no doubt that this is second nature for you all
Live artist creation and interactive activities are encouraged
Last minute cancellation, are unlikely
We will assess the artists’ applications to ensure the quality of work of all artists wishing to participate in these events are of the high level of workmanship, application and presentation that we require.
The Henry Sandon Hall:
Fully fitted carpet, lighting and electrical provision
Private artist only wash room facilities
Public wash room facilities
Full disabled access
On site bar and easy access to the nestWorcester cafe and shop.
The Henry Sandon Hall
Christmas Arts Table Layout Option #1
Red boxes are artist tables
Yellow area are artist wall hanging
Green arrows are artist emergency exit/entry
Blue arrows are visitor flow and access areas
Artist must have valid Public Liability Insurance to a minimum value of £2m.
If you have any concerns or issues with your stand configuration, how to hang your work, or set up issues when you arrive, please contact Chris (07713 055 999), who will be available throughout the set up and breakdown periods to assist you in your display hanging, layout and lifting
PIA or its representative will be there throughout the day
You are reminded to be mindful of your and the public’s safety during set up and break down, especially when moving large, fragile, sharp or heavy objects.
For those who have no provision for taking credit card payment, subject to network signal, PIA will make its card payment terminal available to you. This is actioned through its mobile phone and Izettle payment device. We will not charge any additional fee for providing this service (iZettle currently charge 1.75%) and will transfer the net value when the payment has been cleared (normal 1-2 days)
Payment receipts can be emailed or texted to your customers directly.
If you are interested in participating in The Christmas Arts event please download, complete and submit the below Artist Application Form: