become a participant
in the 30th annual event!
Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair, the Out of Hand Fair celebrates 30 years of excellence! This show has a well-deserved reputation for presenting the best in fine crafts, artisan food, and one-of-a-kind fashions, continuously offering the finest original artisanal experience.
Location: The Victoria Conference Centre – 720 Douglas St.
Friday, Nov. 23 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday, Nov. 24 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, Nov. 25 10 am – 4 pm
Jury requirements: The Out of Hand Artisan Fair is a professional show and work exhibited must be original, designed and made by the applicant. Kits, mold work, and “hobby crafts” are unacceptable and do not qualify. Limited edition prints, numbered and signed by the artist, are allowed. Also, note cards are acceptable as long as they are part of a larger body of work. All work must be juried and will be judged for quality, originality, and overall craftsmanship. Consideration will be given to the overall balance of craft categories at the Fair, and in some categories limits will be set. Please note, if you are not applying in the jewellery category, but make jewellery as part of your inventory, you must indicate this on your application and submit photos of the jewellery, separately.
Set up: Nov 22 – time TBA
Please note all fees are subject to GST of 5%.
Application procedure: Application Form
- 5 photos of your work – Digital or paper
- Detailed description of all the work you plan to sell at the fair
- A brief description of the process involved in producing your product
- Registration fee – cheque for $10.00 – use current date (non-refundable)
- Booth deposit – a cheque for $250.00 dated April 1, 2017. This cheque will be returned to you if you are not accepted
- If you send us photos you want to be returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage
- A rough sketch of your proposed booth display, including an approximate height of walls, shelving etc.
- Food & body care applicants – if you are new, you must include samples.
Application Dates: 1st adjudication is April 1st. After that date, we continue to accept applications until each category is full.
Digital photos: Photo Formats: please send your photos in a jpg format. High Resolution 300 DPI on light backgrounds.
Exhibitor services: Discounted rates at three hotels all within a few blocks of the VCC, Exhibitor break room, complimentary tickets, on-site storage, booth relief available, and bank machine available on site.
Promotion: This show is heavily promoted in all media, despite the fact that Victorians just know about it. Your good quality photos, especially digital photos, are a very important part of our PR campaign. See section on digital photos, above. If you have an interesting story, please let us know and we will pass it on to our publicist.
Following your successful application:
May 15: This is the cancellation deadline. Booths cancelled after this date will forfeit all monies paid.
June 1: We need your signed contract, along with a post-dated cheque for the balance of your booth fee, dated Sept. 1.
Sept 30: Make your hotel reservations
Oct 15: Final exhibitor kits will be sent with everything you need for a successful fair, including floor plans.
Mailing address: Out of Hand Artisan Fairs Inc., PO Box 55009, Cadboro Bay, Victoria BC, V8N 6L8
Web Address: www.outofhand.ca