Date and Location
The 2019 Cranberry Fair takes place again at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, this time on November 24th.
- Exhibitors are able to set up their stands from 7:30am
- Doors will be open from 10:30am to 11:00am for seniors and people with mobility issues
- the Fair will be on from 11:00am to 4:00pm for all.
- Take-Down and Wrap-Up is between 4:00pm and 6:00pm only.
This year the Cranberry Fair will be showing in the Long House again as our main display area.
New in 2019 : Extensive presentations by members of the Northern Fibres Guild in the Cultural Centre’s foyer, rented as an additional exhibition space.
As in prior years, the our Silent Auction will also be found in the foyer.
The Cranberry Fair is a juried event, to which each participant has to be selected.
The application period is from June 1st to July 31st of the current year.
Applications will be entered into a Jury Process in the first week of August.
Artists selected by the jurors will then participate in the fair in November.
Applications can be made physically or electronically
A physical application asks for a printed application form, the portfolio which holds your CV, naming of previously attended fairs and the description of your arts/crafts, along with samples or photos of the pieces you intended to present at the fair. Forms can be downloaded from our website www.cranberryfair.com/Forms, required through our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or be picked up at the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store. The required payment of Can$110.00 per application can be made via a cheque made out to the Northern Fibres Guild. Physical applications and cheque payments can be dropped off at the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store in Whitehorse, located in the Horwoods Mall at the corner of Main and Front Street
An electronic application requires to fill out an online application form on our website www.cranberryfair.com/Forms and then to attach copies of your portfolio and samples. Electronic payment of your participation fee of Can$110.00 can be made via E-Transfer to the Northern Fibres Guild email address: email@example.com
If you choose to mix parts of above options, please make sure you provide all three required parts in the end: form, portfolio & samples and the payment.
Experience recommends to supply physical samples with your application, which represent what you wish to sell at the fair. Photos or online documentations often fall short of truly demonstrating the quality of your work.
The application deadline of July 31st must be respected.
The fair coordinator checks if you application is complete and valid, then adds you to the Jury Selection Process.
One application is made from one individual artist applying for one spot.
Group applications sharing one table will be considered only on a one-time basis, and only if all samples represent a coherent body of work from that group. The following year members of this group will have to apply as individuals. Within the group application each group member has to provide a filled out form, a portfolio and his/her samples. Each application is juried in separately. In the end only the applications which are accepted and juried in will be able to share a table.
After we received your complete application, the fair coordinator checks if your work is accepted into the Jury Process.
Items accepted into the Jury Process:
- Must represent arts or crafts handmade in the Yukon (incl. Atlin)
- Cannot be print books; (hand bound books are accepted as an art of book(let) making)
- Cannot be food or drink items
Applicants whose work does not meet the eligibility criteria will not be submitted to the jury for consideration.
Typical applications are from individual artists applying for one spot. Group applications will only be considered on a one-time basis if all samples represent a coherent body of work from that group. The following year members of this group will have to apply as individuals. Each group member has to apply with its own filled out form, portfolio and samples. Each application is juried in separately. In the end only the applications which are accepted and juried in will be able to share table(s).
All valid applications that meet the eligibility criteria will enter the jury process set for the first week in August.
A jury group will convene and select participants for the current year’s fair.
This group of jurors will consist of arts and crafts knowledgeable people and is chosen by the fair coordinator.
Its members will change each year.
The jury group’s decisions to accept an application are based on the following 4 criteria:
Quality, Originality, Diversity and Creativity.
These criteria have been set by the Northern Fibres Guild, founder and organizer of the Cranberry Fair:
Selected participants will be informed immediately after the jury process has taken place. Their participation fee will be credited to the Northern Fibres Guild bank account. Samples will be returned to the artist/crafter either via a pre-stamped and labelled envelop (if supplied with the application) or left at the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store for pick up by the applicant.
Applicants not selected will also be informed of the jury’s decision, while their participation fee will be refunded to them. If the applicant wishes so, the application portfolio and any physical samples that have been provided will be returned to the applicant eithervia a pre-stamped and labelled envelop (if supplied) or left at the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store for pick up.
Once applicants are selected by the jury group their participation fees are non-refundable.
Applicants who were accepted by the jury group and subsequently cancelled are automatically ineligible to apply for one year. The coordinator might fill cancellations from an established waiting list
The Cranberry Fair takes place at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, on the fourth Sunday in November.
A floor plan will been sent out to all participants a few weeks ahead of fair day. On this floor plan we try our best to accommodate the placement wishes you marked on your application form. Past participants are not guaranteed the same location in the room as the previous year, however if they wish to be placed there we will try.
Set-Up for participants is from 7:30am to 10:30am. Doors will be open from 10:30am to 11:00am for seniors and people with mobility issues and from 11:00am to 4:00pm for all. Wrap-Up takes place from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Please move your vehicle away from the parking place at the exhibition building once you have brought in everything. This will free up space for the many visitors we expect throughout the day. Thanks!
Northern Fibres Guild volunteers are available to help to bring in your items for set up and take down.
Each participant is provided with a square display area of 6’ by 6’, typically with a table the size of 6’ x 2.5’, which is equipped with matching skirt and cover, 2 chairs, access to WIFI and power, a name tag and around lunch time a small snack bag.
In case you chose to have just floor space and bring your own racks, keep in mind that you cannot extend beyond your 6’ x 6.’ space allotment.
We discourage from bringing your own table, as we prefer the tables the event management provides for their elegant and matching style.
It is recommended to bring a sufficient float and a receipt book, extension cords to reach the next available electrical outlet, tape to secure the cord safely, spare bulbs if you bring your own lighting, and all necessary tools to set up your back drop, if you chose to bring one.
On your table you will find a name tag, the WIFI password and a survey we would like you to fill out after the fair closes.
For your pieces of art you may want Created in the Yukon labels and bags, available at Arts Underground. These may have to be pre-ordered to be ready for pick up.
All info is available at: http://www.artsunderground.ca/links/resources-for-artists/created-in-the-yukon
Artists are responsible for their own sale transactions. There is no official credit card payment option at the fair. It is advisable to bring either a sufficient float or your own equipment for electronic payments. There will be WIFI during the fair for those who need online connections. The password will be released on the morning of the fair. An ATM machine is located in the venue hall.
At midday the Guild will distribute a small snack bag, including a few baked goods, a fruit
Please note: In an effort to work within environmental best practices the Northern Fibres Guild has decided to no longer provide drinks in plastic bottles. Please bring your own drink in a possibly reusable container, which can be easily refilled at a water station in the Centre, or buy a drink at the concession stand.
Many thanks for your consideration to help fight climate change.
During the day volunteers are walking the event spaces offering help to the exhibitors. If in need of a break or any kind of help, please check for name tags that identify volunteers.
To prevent shop lifting, keep a careful eye out when people are crowded around your table. If you feel you need an extra set of eyes, bring a friend along to help you.
At most fairs the Northern Fibres Guild presents additional events, such as live musical entertainment or a silent auction. Guild members usually present their crafts at a few table themselves.
Please contact the fair coordinator for the current year’s presentations.
When the fair closes at 4:00pm our volunteers will offer to help take your exhibit down and out to your vehicle. Please ask our volunteers to assist you.
After the Fair
A survey is handed out before the fair closes down.
We would much appreciate it very, if you could find the time to fill it out and return it to the fair coordinator:
- by mail to the Northern Fibres Guild:TC Richards Building, B2-302 Steele Street, Whitehorse, Yukon)
- by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- or online on our website at: Forms
The survey helps us review our performance, but also shows us where your ideas and wishes lie, which in return will assist us to continuously create a highly qualified, meaningful and exciting fair int the future
Reviews in opportune media channels are most welcome as well!
If you liked the fair – please tell the world!
If you did not – please tell us!
- Applications: July 31st.
- Jury Session: 1st week in August
- Jury decision: the latest by August 31st.
Also check out our Q&A section.