The West End Fair was founded in 1983, in the stunning grounds of St Johns Church on the corner of Princes St & Lothian road in the heart of Edinburgh. Operating throughout the busy Festival period, the fair hosts 100+ exhibitors selling only their own work, and attracts thousands of visitors every day. The fair is well known and many visitors come back day after day, and year after year.
The procedure in outline.
Makers, designers and artists wishing to exhibit their work at the West End Fair must first submit their work for approval. Our selection panel meets regularly and you can expect a decision within a couple of weeks.
A favourable decision means that your name is added to the West End Fair mailing list. An information pack containing details about how to apply to sell at the fair will then be sent to you.
In due course, you will receive written confirmation that you have been allocated space. Do bear in mind, however, that the West End Fair cannot always allocate you the space you have applied for. There are procedures for letting you know this and to offer alternatives.
The selection panel places strong emphasis on original design and the skillful and novel use of materials. The assessment of your work is also based on its suitability for the West End Fair. Occasionally work is turned down because previous experiences have shown that a particular kind of product or area of design or craft activity does not sell.
Full time makers, artists and designers are given a certain degree of priority, but what is really being sought is commitment and flair. The West End Fair is not for people to sell things they have made in their spare time from kits, pattern books or magazines.
The work you intend to display and sell must be your own work. However, there is no reason why you can't have someone else, say, a family member, an employee or a friend looking after your stand at an event - so you don't have to be there in person - but what you cannot do is sell bought-in work or imports.
a) At least 5 images of your work, or enough images to provide a representative view of the range of work you produce, or you could send us links to websites. Samples are acceptable but only as a supplement to the images.
b) A covering letter outlining your aims, prices, experience, qualifications etc.
c) If you want to send samples, please ensure you include suitable postage-paid packaging for it's return.
d) If you are applying by email please don't forget to include your mailing address and a phone number so we can contact you if we have any enquiries.
Please do not visit the office in person looking for a decision. The office is always extremely busy and, much as we might like to, we simply do not have either the time or the facilities to receive you. The decision of the selection panel is final, although if you feel your work may have been misunderstood you should contact 3D/2D.
We do not accept submissions from producers of giftware or work that involves little more than the assembly of bought-in components (i.e. threading together bought-in components to make jewellery).
The West End Fair is only open to makers, designers and artists who've been accepted onto our mailing list. There is no membership charge.
A fee is payable for the fair, the amount depending on the size of space booked. Fees are always payable in advance. We encourage exhibitors to bring their own display systems, though tables and chairs are available at the event free of charge. Access to power for lighting is also free.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or to:
Unit 3, Albion Business Centre,
78 Albion Road,
Edinburgh EH7 5QZ
Phone: 0131 661 6600