Date and Location

The 2018 Cranberry Fair takes place again at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, on November 25th, 2018.

  • 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 2018 : We also have booked the Elders’ Lounge opposite the Longhouse in the hall and will be displaying there as well.

Application Process

The Cranberry Fair is a juried event, where a group of artistic people select participants to the current year’s fair.
Artists/Craft People interested in participating in the fair need to provide a written application prior to the end of July of the current year. Valid applications will then be entered into the Jury Process. Juried in applications will be able to participate at the fair.

In June the fair coordinator starts to advertise the current year’s fair, by sending out “Calls for applications”. That means from then on until July 31st you are able to apply for participation to the current year’s fair.

A valid Application must have all of the following:

  • a filled out application form,
  • an up-to-date portfolio which holds your CV, naming of previously attended fairs and the description of items you wish to sell
  • samples or photos of these pieces
  • payment of your  participation fee of Can$110.00.

Applications can be made electronically or physically.

Physical Application

You:

  • fill out an application form, either downloaded from our website www.cranberryfair.com/Forms, requested through our email address: cranberryfair@live.com, or picked up at the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store
  • compile an up-to-date portfolio (bio, a listing of previously attended fairs and a description of the items you plan to sell)
  • add photos or physical samples of these items
  • write a cheque of Can$110.00 out to the Northern Fibres Guild
  • and drop off all of this at the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store in Whitehorse, located in the Horwoods Mall at the corner of Main and Front Street

 

Electronic Application

You:

  • fill out an application form online at: www.cranberryfair.com/Forms
  • attach copies of your portfolio (bio, a listing of previously attended fairs and a description of the items you plan to sell)
  • attach photos of your samples
  • wire your participation fee of Can$110.00  via E-Transfer to the Northern Fibres Guild email address:northernfibres@gmail.com

Mixed Applications

If you choose to mix parts of above options, please make sure you provide all four required parts in the end:
filled out form, current portfolio, samples and the payment.

Experience has shown it is best to supply actual, physical pieces of the items you wish to sell at the fair. Photos or online documentations have only limited power in demonstrating the true quality of your work.

The application deadline of July 31st must be respected.

Eligibility Criteria for Jury Process

After we received your complete application, eligibility to be accepted acceptance into the jury process has be determined.
Eligibility into the jury process is validated by the fair coordinator.
Applicants that don’t meet the eligibility criteria will not be submitted to the jury for consideration.

Items for the Jury Process:

  • Must represent arts or crafts
  • Must be handmade in the Yukon (or. Atlin)
  • Cannot be print books; hand bound books are accepted as an art of book(let) making
  • Cannot be food or drink items (new in 2018)

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).

Jury Selection

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.

 

Cancellation

Once the artists are selected their participation fee is non-refundable.
If a selected participant cancels his or her participation, this space cannot be taken up by an new artist

New and effective from 2018:
Applicants who were accepted by the jury group and subsequently cancelled are automatically ineligible to apply for one year. The coordinator will fill cancellations from an established waiting list

Fair Day

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 binging 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, which are available at the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Suite 205 – 2237 2nd Ave, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 0K7 (or phone:1-867-667-2000)

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 and a soft drink.
We try to always have wheat- and sugar free items available, but cannot guarantee this.

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 cranberryfair@live.com
  • 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!

Deadlines:

  • Applications: July 31st.
  • Jury Session: 1st week in August
  • Jury decision: the latest by August 31st.

Also check out our Q&A section.

If you have more questions please send us an email:: cranberryfair@live.com or click Contact Us