Courtyard Arts

Courtyard Arts is a Partnership between Participate In Art Royal Porcelain Works and NestWorcester

Courtyard Arts forms part of a series of new and amazing events the Royal Porcelain Works has to offer. Operated by Participate in Art, it is held on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 5pm in the courtyard of the Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, WR1 2NE, Worcester.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the creators and artists themselves and to purchase from a great range of works from glass, ceramic, utility ware, acrylic, oils, watercolour, screen printing, fabric designs, mixed media and much more.

Each month we showcase a completely new set of artists which provides something new every time, not just local talent but national and internationally renowned artists across all mediums.

The Courtyard Arts is just part of the incredible facilities at the Royal Porcelain Works, stock up at the deli counter, drop in for breakfast, lunch or just a drink at the Nest Café, look around the famous Royal Worcester Museum or perhaps book a tasting and treat at the Piston Gin Distillery.  

Interested in participating as an artist?  

This is a great opportunity to display and sell your work direct to the public during increased visitor times. Open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

These events are 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 Courtyard Arts events are artist participation fees only, payable with booking and there are no additional gallery commissions for this event.

Courtyard Arts 2019 are only £30 per event and £20 per event for the Long Gallery

The Courtyard Arts is the showcase for Participate in Art’s vision of joining the different silos of arts and culture together within this beautiful part of Worcester. The event will showcase a ‘Long Gallery’ of various local and national artists, present a number of different individual artists and creators (separate stands) as well as an event information tent on Worcester forth coming events such as the Music Festival, Literature Festival, Dance Festival and Hop Festival.

Stand Options:

  • Individual stands of 3m x3m £30 per day
  • Optional: 6ft Tables available at an additional £2.00 per day
  • Optional : PIA Bespoke Hanging Net System (per wall) for quick, simple and ultimately configurable wall hanging at an additional £3.00 per day
  • Presence is required by the artist to meet and public and generate sales, follow on sales and increase network
  • Participation in the Long Gallery £20.00 per day (and is subject to availability) is provided in half sections (1.5 metre of wall and floor space. Actual space and layout is flexible and will be discussed with PIA
  • Delivery/collect of product to PIA by appointment
  • A4 promotional biography and pricing
  • Sales managed by PIA
  • Presence is optional

Artist Fees:

  • £30.00 per stand for a complete stand (less options) and £20.00 to participate in the Long Gallery payable via BACS in advance 
  • Participation fee only no additional sales commission or marketing fees taken
  • Includes:
    • Stand installation and breakdown
    • Multiple pre-event marketing and PR
    • Direct promotion to wide contact network
    • Design, creation and printing of event posters
    • Poster distribution 
    • Event management
    • Artist Assistance Services
      • use of card payment system
      • set up and display assistance
    • Legal and regulatory compliance
    • Post event site clean up
    • Post event review marketing 

All planning, trade licences, logistics and event management are dealt with by us.

As these are outdoor events, inclement weather may have a impact to visitor numbers and may even result in the event being cancelled

Courtyard Arts dates for 2019:

5th May
2nd June
7th July
4th August
1st September
6th October – Cancelled
3rd November

1st December

Event Promotion

We will robustly promote each event via blogs, 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 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. 

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 9am and must be completed and ready to open by 9:55am
  • Breakdown cannot start until 5pm and must be completed by 6:30pm
  • Artist group photograph to take place on site at 10am
  • Artists or artists representatives to be present at all times (except breaks)
  • Artists are responsible for providing their own display equipment and floor furniture (including table and table covers)
  • Artists are responsible for their own sales only
  • Artists may use the entirety of their stand
  • 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 stand, 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
  • PIA will provide the stand, location, space, presentation ideas and gazebo hanging solutions to you well in advance of the event  
  • 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
  • Last minutes cancellation, due to weather are a possibility, however as the vast majority of marketing and artist promotions would have been completed the artist fees are non-refundable
  • 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 we require.

The Stands Themselves:

  • Fitted with rear and sides weather panels (opaque white)
  • Rain gutters can be fitted to adjoining stands
  • No holes or damage are allowed to the stand fabric or wall material
  • Artists will be allocated a stand (3x3m)
  • All stands have at least one side facing the public (two or three if stand alone)
  • Artists will have access to the inside of the back wall and both inside side walls, they can use the stand frame to hang artwork from (no damage to be caused to stand)
  • The stands do not come with power/electricity provided (available on request at additional cost)
  • Permission from PIA must be sought for artists wanting to place/display work outside their stand (such as placement of easels/stands) as we have to consider neighbouring stands and public health and safety.


  • Artist must have valid Public Liability Insurance to a minimum value of £2m.

Event Sponsors:

  • This event is a partnership between Nest Worcester and Participate In Art
  • Any promotional material including social media transactions must copy/refer/tag the event partners
  • Additional sponsors will be sought to provide ongoing support throughout the year.

Event Assistance:

  • 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 are likely to be there all 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 a Courtyard Arts event please download, complete and submit the below Artist Application Form:

For more information on when the Courtyard Arts are taking place, please follow the link below:

If you wish to find out more about Participate In Art please contact us through the link below or contact us directly:

Chris Oxlade-Arnott
Tel: +44 (0)7713 055 999

Some images of previous Courtyard Arts events:

© Copyright and Intellectual Property Right (IP) of all images are held by Participate In Art

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