Presented by the Emily Carr University Alumni Association, the Alumni Art Market at ECUAD will return this fall as part of a first-look event of our new state-of-the-art campus on Great Northern Way. We are currently accepting submissions for prospective participants.
The Alumni Art Market is an opportunity for alumni to return to the University to showcase and sell their work. This year, participants will join the community for an exciting weekend celebrating the University’s new home and welcome 2,000 – 6,000 visitors to their booths. Don’t miss this opportunity to create new memories and connections!
Alumni Art Market at ECUAD
October 26, 2017 | Installation + Preview Event
October 27 + 28, 2017 | Public Art Market
Application deadline: August 17, 2017 at 4pm
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- The Art Market - Basics10
- The Art Market - Booths7
- The Art Market - Business $7
- The Art Market - General10
The Art Market - Basics
What if I am not accepted?
If you are not accepted, we will keep your application on file unless you request to be removed. If a confirmed participating artist is unable to participate in the Alumni Art Market, we will review the remaining applications to find a suitable replacement. Generally, if an artist offering ceramics cancels then they will be replaced with another ceramic artist.
How do you decide who is accepted into the market? What is the jury process?
Inclusion in the Alumni Art Market will be decided through a juried process. The jury will look at all types of artistic practice and craft, workmanship, creativity, originality, price points and product fit. They will also consider the range of products available at the market to ensure that there is a wide range of representation.
When will I know if I have been accepted?
All applicants will be notified approx. within two weeks after the application deadline: August 17, 2017 at 4pm.
As a participating artist, what do I need for the show?
Up to two chairs are provided to each participating artist free of charge per request. Participating artists are responsible for bringing their own display, float/payment system, table linen, lighting, extension cords/power bars, etc. You may also want to consider providing packaging to enable shoppers to safely transport purchased items. We will offer a 5ft or 6ft table to each vendor.
When is the application deadline?
Thursday August 17, 2017 at 4pm
What is The Art Market @ ECUAD?
Now in its fourth year, the Alumni Art Market showcases our talented alumni in the same way that The Student Art Sale highlights our students.
Where and when will the market happen?
The Alumni Art Market will take place at our new state-of-the-art campus on Great Northern Way.
- Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Preview Event
- Friday + Saturday, October 27 + 28 | Public Art Market
Who can apply to participate?
Alumni of Emily Carr University of Art + Design or the Vancouver School of Art who have graduated from credit programs are eligible to apply. All artists and designers must be selling their own, original works.
What does my participating artist fee go towards?
Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Emily Carr Alumni Association are not for profit organizations, so the participation fees collected go back into the operational and promotional costs associated with the production of the market. Any surplus of funds will be allocated to the Area of Greatest Need at the University.
How do I apply to be a participating artist?
You can apply by following the instructions in the Alumni Art Market Application Form 2017. The deadline for applications is Thursday August 17, 2017 at 4pm. Please note that all work must be original and handmade and the artist must be in attendance to sell their items. The Alumni Art Market is juried to ensure quality, diversity and suitability for the target audience. Participating artists must commit to participating on the Preview event and both days of sales.
The Art Market - Booths
Is power available?
Yes. Please ensure you indicate your need for power on your application.
How much space do I get?
Due to the fact that this event will happen in our brand new campus, the booth space for each participating artist is still TBD.
Is there wireless internet at the venue?
Yes. Just ask us for the password!
Can I request a spot on the floor plan?
Unfortunately, no. We will curate the space to create a dynamic and engaging environment. While we will attempt to accommodate individual requests, creating the best floor plan for the venue is our priority.
What time is set up and tear down? Can I leave my items overnight?
Set-up takes place on Thursday, October 26th during the day (exact time TBD) before the Preview event. Items can be left overnight at your own discretion (the space will be monitored by dedicated security until the building closes, however we are not responsible for any items you leave behind). On Saturday October 28th, tear down starts when the market closes.
Do you provide tables for booths?
A 5 or 6 foot table and two chairs are provided to participants free of charge.
Can I share a table or booth with another participating artist?
No. We do not allow participants to share a table.
The Art Market - Business $
Is it a cash only market?
We recommend that participating artists accept both cash and Visa/Mastercard. There are a number of ATMs located on Granville Island.
What does a booth cost?
The price is $300 for participation in the Alumni Art Market
Will you take a percentage of participating artist sales at the show?
Is there a till system?
No. You must provide your own point of payment for all sales at your booth.
Because your fee goes directly towards hosting the event, cancellations more than 30 days before the Market date will receive a refund of 50%. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 30 days before the market.
What is your cancellation policy?
By submitting an application, you commit to pa y100% of the participation fee upon acceptance by the Alumni Art Market jury. If you have not paid the participation fee to Emily Carr University of Art + Design within 10 days of the notification of acceptance into the Alumni Art Market, you will forfeit your space and it will be offered to another artist. If you are unable to participate we offer a 50% refund up to 30 days prior to the Alumni Art Market opening (September 30, 2016).
How do I pay?
Once notified of your successful application we will require full payment of the participation fee. 50% of the participating artist fee is considered a non-refundable deposit. Failure to pay within 10 days of notification will result in forfeiture of your space. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the Market date will entitle you to a 50% refund. We will contact successful applicants to arrange payment once the jury has made their selections.
The Art Market - General
Is your venue wheelchair accessible?
What should I know before applying?
We are excited to promote alumni through the Alumni Art Market and welcome your feedback. We ask that participants behave in a professional manner with regards to guests and other participants.
How much does it cost to attend?
Admission is free for the public to attend. We encourage voluntary donations to Emily Carr University of Art + Design at the entrance.
There are metered street parking spots and commercial parking lots available in the surrounding neighborhoods of our new campus on Great Northern Way.
We also recommend reaching the campus by public transit. Bus #84 travels along Great Northern Way past the new campus. The bus leaves from VCC-Clark Skytrain Station. It is also an easy walk from VCC-Clark station and Main Street – Science World station to the campus. You can find more information about the bus on the Translink website.
How many people are you expecting?
The University is hosting a first-look event at our new campus during the Alumni Art Market. We are expecting between 2,000 – 6,000 people to come through the new building and visit the art market as a part of their visit.
What is your marketing campaign?
We have developed a targeted marketing and PR plan to promote the Alumni Art Market. We have a dedicated arts-focused community following and we will reach out via these subscribed channels as well as through a comprehensive public campaign. We will promote the event via listings, press releases, the alumni website, the Emily Carr website, blog, social media campaign, partner mailing lists, print material, and cross-promotion with other similar organizations throughout Vancouver. We will be taking out dedicated ads in The Georgia Straight in the weeks right before the market. We will also rely on the participating artists to spread the word using their own social media and blog channels.
You can help get the word out by
- Mentioning the event on your website and linking to the market website.
- Tweeting about the event with the hashtag #ARTMARKET.
- Writing about the market on your Facebook and Twitter pages or sharing our posts.
- Sending an email blast or a newsletter to your clients and followers.
- Blogging and linking back to The Art Market @ ECUAD page.
- Re-gramming The Art Market @ ECUAD photos on Instagram.
- And remember: word of mouth is still the best advertising campaign around, so tell your friends, family, and fellow artists to come to the market!
What is my responsibility as a participating artist in promoting the event?
We have an extensive marketing campaign including print ads in the Georgia Straight, e-blasts, web and partner marketing and a social media campaign, but we ask that all participating artists contribute to the promotion of the market!
Who organizes The Art Market @ ECUAD?
The Alumni Art Market is presented by the Emily Carr Alumni Association in cooperation with the Alumni Relations Office. We have a not-for-profit model for this market, with participant fees offsetting the costs of running the Market.
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