Hopmarket Arts

Held on the 3rd Sunday of Every Month

Location: The Hop Market, The Foregate, Worcester WR1 3QD

The PIA Hopmarket 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 as well as an event information tent on Worcester forth coming events such as the Music Festival, Literature Festival, Dance Festival and Hop Festival.

Chris Oxlade-Arnott, Director of Participate in Art said: “We are thrilled to be hosting these events in The Hopmarket bringing the different arts and culture together, as well as the presentation of amazing artists and creators. Our aim is to provide a platform for local and national artists and allowing them to showcase their work and skills. 

Bill Simpson, Chair of The Hopmarket Charity Trustees said : “We are delighted to be putting on such an extravaganza. As an independent shopping courtyard in the heart of our community, such events are hugely important to us, bringing residents, visitors and shop tenants together.”

Hopmarket Arts is a Partnership between Participate In Art and The Hopmarket Charity (in collaboration with The Worcester City Council and Fisher German)

Hopmarket Arts are due to be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from April to December. Hosting up to six outdoor exhibition stands in the beautiful courtyard of the Hop Market, off Sansome Street and The Foregate, Worcester, WR1

2019 has seen the launch of Hopmarket Art Events and Participate In Art is honoured to be involved in the re-invigoration and the start of future growth of this forgotten gem of the City of Worcester.

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

Hopmarket Arts 2019 are only £30 per event or £20 per event for the Long Gallery

Stand Options:

  • Individual stands of 3m x3m £30.00 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 and 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 is provided in half sections (1.5 metre of wall and floor space. Actual space and layout is flexible and wil 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 (plus 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 an impact to visitor numbers and may even result in the event being cancelled.

Hopmarket Arts dates for 2019:

21st April
19th May
16th June
21st July
18th August
15th September
20th October
17th November
15th 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 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. 

Participation Details and Conditions

Loading/Unloading and Parking:

  • There are no parking facilities for this event, access to temporary parking for loading and unloading can be found off St Nicholas Road
  • The load/unload parking spaces are paid for and allocated to the Hopmarket businesses and residence. When leaving your vehicles, please place a note on your dashboard with name, mobile and stating that you are “Temporarily unloading for Hopmarket Arts, if you require me to move this vehicle please contact on …….”
  • This is a very busy and restricted area so please be mindful that it’s used regularly by traders and understandably they get quite upset about people using their allocated spaces. You will need to unload as quickly as possible, then move your vehicle and return to set up 
  • There are many public car parks in the area with the nearest being on Sansome Street 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
  • Break down cannot start until 5pm and must be completed by 6:30pm
  • Artist group photograph to take place on site at 10am
  • Artists or artist 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 minute 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 that 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 The Hopmarket Charity 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.

Hopmarket Arts is a Partnership between Participate In Art and The Hopmarket Charity

Hopmarket Charity (Registered Number 244569): the income from the assets of the charity is held on trust to apply the same for the benefit of needy persons in the city of Worcester. Needy persons are defined for the purposes of the charity as persons who by reason of poverty, sickness or infirmity whether young or old are in need of financial assistance, care or attention

If you are interested in participating in a Hopmarket Arts event please download, complete and submit the below Artist Application Form:

For more information on when the Hopmarket 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 
Email: chris@participateinart.com

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

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