Interested in showing your work at City of Craft 2019?

Please read the following information regarding eligibility requirements and the application process

Am I eligible to show and sell my work at City of Craft 2019?
It is City of Craft's mandate to support all levels of makers of handmade, original, community oriented and/or locally-made goods. Importers and wholesalers are therefore ineligible. Re-sellers and retail stores are also ineligible for vendors spots, with the exception of our long-standing retail partners. Participants are not permitted to sell and exhibit work made by others, or on another artist’s behalf.

Acceptance criteria is based on depth of process and the applicant’s ability to describe in detail the step-by-step processes and materials used in the creation of their work, originality, dedication to their practise, and the exemplification of mad skill as shown in the photos and samples provided. Our focus is on makers - people who conceptualize, execute, and produce their own work - as opposed to designers of out-sourced or machine-made goods.

While we welcome both emerging and established artists, preference is sometimes given to newer makers who have not participated in the show before, in order to give everyone an opportunity to exhibit their work and to promote growth and diversity within the craft community.

What types of crafts are you looking for?
We are looking for fresh, contemporary handmade work that represents a range of aesthetics, media, techniques, and sensibilities.  Solid craftership, originality, cleverness and innovation are definitely bonuses. Please note that we receive a large number of applications for wire and bead jewellery, and the most competitive category in recent years has been Ceramics. Take a look at the galleries of some of our previous shows, last year's vendor line-up.  or scroll through our Instagram feed to see the type of work we've included in the past.

Despite the current popularity of enamel pins, patches, stickers and zines, please note that artists applying with only these types of items are typically not accepted into City of Craft. We recognize that these items often provide an accessible opportunity for visitors to purchase your work, but handmade work will be given priority and the consideration of any manufactured goods will be subject to the debate and discretion of the jury.

How do I apply?
Applications are done exclusively online. The deadline to apply for our Winter 2019 show is Friday, October 11th at 11:59pm (est). We cannot consider applications after this deadline. There is no waiting list.

How are vendors selected?
Every year, a jury is assembled of City of Craft's founders and staff, as well as other invited jurors from the Toronto craft community. These guest jurors change annually and represent like-minded territories of the craft world that are slightly different from our backgrounds. In the past, guest jurors have included craft-based installation artists, retailers, curators, educators, makers, etc.

Jurying is done through anonymous voting. Votes are tallied and table allocations are given out based on votes. Distribution of space by category is also pre-determined (ie. jewellery may represent 40% of the applications but does not represent 40% of the space given).

How many applications do you receive?
We typically receive up to 300 applications for our 50 vendor spots. Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to provide personal feedback for each and every application. Should you have any questions about the application, please contact us before the deadline and we’ll help you out!

Why do I have to pay to apply?
The $6 non-refundable application fee goes towards the administrative costs of running the jurying process.

Do I have to submit samples of my work?
If you are applying in either the cosmetics or edibles categories, non-returnable samples are required for the jury to assess. These samples need not be full jars, soaps or foodstuffs. Photographs are also consulted to give a sense of packaging and presentation. The samples serve only to communicate the quality of your product. In all other categories, submissions are considered based on photographs and written descriptions alone.

Can I share a table?
Vendors wishing to sit together can request such an arrangement but still need to apply separately. Vendors are selected based on the work they applied with and may not display/sell work made by other artists, or work that varies greatly from their initial application. Collaborative projects and business are welcome to apply but if accepted, are treated and promoted as one business.

Can someone else sell my work on my behalf?
Part of what makes City of Craft unique is the interaction between maker and buyer, so we require makers to be present on all three sale days. Do not apply if you will not be able to attend the entire weekend. We understand that something may come up that may prevent you from being on site the whole time, and these situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You are of course welcome to bring a helping hand to set up your table and sell work, and volunteers are usually available to watch your table should you need to step away briefly for any reason.

I could only do one day of the 3-day show, is it possible to apply for only one of the three days that City of Craft happens?                         Nope. Sorry. All or nothin'. Otherwise, the floor plan might explode...not to mention the jury.

When will I be notified of my acceptance into City of Craft 2019?
All vendors accepted into the show will be notified via email during the week of October 21st.

What is your cancellation policy?
Once accepted, your participation fee is non-refundable.

Why wasn't my application accepted?
With up to 300 crafters applying for only 50 spots, unfortunately we have to turn away tonnes of great makers. Please do not take this personally! While we wish there was space for everyone, the jurying process aims to select a diverse range of work each year. If you do not get in, we encourage you to keep applying.

Further questions? Email us at cityofcraft@gmail.com