all you need to know to apply for little otter markets
Applications to our next events in November 2019 are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied.
We are hosting two events this Christmas. Penarth's Handmade Market on Sunday 10th November and Rhiwbina's Handmade Market on Sunday 17th November.
Please carefully read through the terms and conditions and complete the form below. If you do not hear from me within 48 hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will check that I have received your application. Technology is fab when it works but sometimes forms go astray!
Application terms and conditions...
The standard for Little Otter Markets is high and four photos must be submitted with applications. We are looking for new, fresh and exciting work! One of these photos must be of your stall, and if you are a new maker/graduate, it's ok to send in a photo of your stall set up at home.
Each category of craft/produce is limited so that we have as much variety as possible at the market and stalls are spread out over our two rooms to give the best and most varied layout possible. On applying, stallholders must be prepared to be situated anywhere in the venue.
The charge for the event includes marketing and publicity on our Facebook pages, Twitter feed, Instagram feed and this website in the lead up to the event.
All stallholders are required to have public liability insurance. It is recommended that exhibitors also have contents insurance for their items as Little Otter Markets will not be liable for any loss, theft or damage.
If you are selling toys, you must comply with the provisions of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 for toys placed on the market after 19 August 2011.
Successful applicants will be notified within seven days of the deadline date and payment must be received within seven days of notification to secure your stall.
All applicants will be notified by email within seven days. As demand for stalls is high, we will not be able to explain decisions and all decisions made are final.
You don’t have to live in Rhiwbina, Penarth or Radyr or be Welsh to take part in our markets, though we would like to encourage as many makers and artists as possible from Rhiwbina, Penarth and Cardiff to apply.
We very much welcome new graduate or newly established makers to get in touch as long as you have a complete range to sell.
Competition is always strong in all categories. Here are our top tips on applying...
* Read the Terms and Conditions of application carefully. You have to have public liability insurance on the day of the event to exhibit. * Take time to photograph your products. Your images are the most important part of your application and they need to be in colour, of a high quality and in focus. * Consider the theme of the event when applying. Our events always have a theme and are seasonal. Please consider this when putting your images together. We would like to see a representation of your range and the style of work that you'd like to exhibit. * Make sure that you send in a photo of your stall. Presentation is everything at Little Otter Markets and our stallholders have set the bar high with great displays. Applications without a stall photo are automatically discounted. We want to see how you will display your work, what creative ideas you have and to get an idea of your brand. Check out images of our previous markets. Pinterest is excellent for ideas, and go to as many good markets as you can to see how others are doing it. If you are a new maker, please mock up a stall at home. We want to support new talent and are happy to consider your work if you have shown us your creativity in your application. * Submit your application on time and try not to leave it until the last day as technology often let's us down and we can't consider applications received after the deadline date. * Availability of products. Since 2013, I have worked really hard to establish Little Otter Markets as high quality contemporary craft markets where visitors discover unique, unusual handmade gifts. I always try to offer the public new, fresh gift inspiration and so when making my stall selection, I do take in to account the availability of makers work in Rhiwbina, Radyr and Penarth in the period leading up to the events. * And finally, if you are not selected, don't take it personally and don't lash out at us! Try to think about why you might not have been selected. Does your work fit the theme? Were your photos in focus? Did you send in a stall photo? Do you have a full range ready for a busy market? Are you in a very competitive category such as jewellery? We have received applications from good makers who have not followed the application guidelines or perhaps weren't quite ready yet but on reapplying, have been successful. So don't give up!