Ends on May 1, 2019

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE APPLICATION

MADE fair Marketplace
Western Montana Fair

August 7-11 // 2019

The MADE fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fair will showcase over 65 artisans per day in the newly renovated Historic Commercial building on the fairgrounds. Local & regional artists and makers are encouraged to apply to be a part of this show in its second year and will be juried by a panel to make sure our curated collection of artisans represent Montana’s best of the best. In addition to featuring artists, we will also be hosting three additional booths: a local non-profit, an artist in residence, and a make & take zone. The MADE fair Marketplace will be heavily promoted as an award-winning attraction at the fair in addition to free admission. 

The MADE fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fair is presented by HandMADE Montana. We are an organization for artisans and makers. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. Our mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and support local and regional small craft business by providing a place to sell their products. We provide opportunities to artists of all levels—the hobbyist to the seasoned professional.  Our events have grown in size of the years and are very well attended and seen as a great place to shop and connect with local artists.

DETAILS // APPLYING // IMPORTANT DATES

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Everyone enjoys seeing how things are made and are often curious about the creative process. The sponsored Artist in Residence booth will feature a different local artisan per day working on his or her craft demonstrating how they do what they do as well as provide a space to showcase and sell what they make. This booth will be a 1-day commitment and the 5 artists will be selected via an application process.


Event Updates

  • Shortening the length of the show to 5 days instead of 6
  • Artists are welcome to apply for the whole thing or just a day! (changed from a 2-day commitment)
  • Continuing with Artist in Residence, Non-Profit booths, and Make & Take activities
  • Introducing 4 booth sizes: 10x5, 12x8 (upstairs), 12x12 (downstairs) , 24 x 12 —to better reflect actual size

Building Updates

• A glass elevator on the west side of the building with the door facing the building's entrance.

•  A built-in ventilation system with huge fans driving air up through the cupolas. Should help it cool off nicely at night and keep it a little cooler during the day. 


APPLYING

We are encouraging a range of artists and makers to apply, but all items must be handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans and not mass produced. Our customers and fans expect high-quality unique artists at our events and appreciate a range of prices from affordable to fine art.  We feature both local and regional artists and all applications are considered during the jurying process. We will not be accepting food items as they conflict with the already established concessions at the fair. You must be able to demonstrate the work you do and not just a finishing process. Electricity is available free of charge.


HOW TO APPLY

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Upload images (5 product & 2-3 process)

If you are wanting an artist booth, you must fill out the Artist Application in addition to the Artist in Residence Application.

ARTIST BENEFITS

For many, our shows are their best of their season and we do a great deal to promote all of our artists on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning shopping trip. This is definitely an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart.

Included

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 80,000+ customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • Product image, business name, and links on our website
  • A landing page with more detailed information about your business including links to website, facebook, and instagram
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website
  • Name tag and other great swag

Additional promotional opportunities

  • Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement


PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:

  • Printed media —5,000 postcards and 500+ posters, and 2,500 mini cards
    Radio spots
    Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Web Ads— Missoulaevents.net 
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines
  • Digital & printed floor plan maps


IMPORTANT DATES

February 1        Accepting applications

May 1                 Deadline for submissions

May 15               Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

June 1                Artists in Residence Contract due

 

BOOTH DETAILS // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

We will be featuring 5 artists (one each day) at the Artist in Residence booth and are making it available free of charge. If you are interested in having a regular artist booth the fees are as follows. 

10’ x 5’  $45 (main floor) // Artist in Residence $0

12' x 8'   $70 (upstairs) // Artist in Residence $0

12' x 12' $100 (main floor & upstairs) 

24' x 12' $190 (main floor)


SET-UP


TUESDAY         August 6      10am- 8pm

WEDNESDAY   August 7   8am-open

Vendors will be able to unload 7am-10am daily, but will need to have vehicles moved by 10am.

SHOW HOURS

WED-SAT   August 7-10   11am-9pm*

SUNDAY    August 11      11am-8pm

*We are working to have the building close at 8pm or at least the upstairs to help with takedown and artists loading up there vehicles easier.

TAKE DOWN

The show hours go quite late, and you will be allowed to take down beginning at 9 pm*  in the evening  if you are done with your booth space. You will have the option load out that night or  the following morning. Once the fair is over, the main takedown and loading of your vehicle will be Monday, August 12th. 8am-8pm.

*We are working to have the building close at 8pm or at least the upstairs to help with takedown and artists loading up there vehicles easier.