Updates for Returning Applicants
If you have registered with our application system before, we ask that you login with the same email. You can reset your password at any time. If you need assistance, send us an email.
You can now view your current and past applications from your profile page within the application system at anytime.
How to Apply
Applications open every August for our December Winter Market and every January for our Spring Market. Crafters register with our Application System to submit an application. In your application we ask for details about your product and process as it relates to our evaluation criteria and five images that illustrates the range quality of your work.
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Halifax Crafters is a carefully juried and curated craft market. Our jury includes a selection of 8 – 10 people from a broad variety of art & craft backgrounds, including guest jurors from outside the Halifax Crafters Society. Jurying is assessed using a point system. The following are the key points looked for within each application.
Check out a sample application here.
Applicants are given a score out of 10 based on the following criteria:
Depth of process (3 points) – Priority is given to someone who dyes, prints, drafts the pattern, and sews a garment over someone who buys a pattern and uses already printed fabric.
Independent small scale crafters (1 point) – It is part of our mission to cultivate an accessible environment for craftspeople. Emerging and established artisans are equally celebrated, however preference will be given to newer talent to encourage growth.
Quality Craftership (2 points) – The quality of your work is very important to us. If your product is functional, will it be long lasting? Include details on the steps you take to ensure quality in your work. Clear photos are important to your application.
Unique and Original ideas (3 points) – Halifax Crafters works to celebrate contemporary handcraft. We encourage unique and original ideas and artwork.
Branding, Identity and Market Readiness (1 point) – Clarity of voice and intention in products and descriptions. Thoughtful and professional presentation.
You are eligible to apply as a Fresh Catch vendor if you have not previously participated in a Halifax Crafters show and:
Started your business within the last two years
Have never participated in a major craft show or farmers market in the HRM or city of equivalent size.
The Fresh Catch category is for new and emerging crafters. As the Halifax Crafters Society became more established, they wanted to give new crafters the same opportunity now-established Crafters had when the Halifax Crafters Society began its shows. A new crop of crafters an introductory rate to ease you into the world of craft fairs. This is a separately juried category with a limited number of spaces available.
Halifax Crafters Society is happy to provide a space free of charge for one non-profit community group at each of our markets. We ask that interested groups submit an application and select the Community Group category.
Once applications are scored, selections are then made from the top ranking applicants. The jury seeks to select a variety of applicants to represent an equal assortment of craft mediums.
Creating and connecting communities is a strong value of Halifax Crafters. A small percentage of crafters are accepted from out of province. However, we maintain a ratio of at least 80% of crafters from within Nova Scotia and a maximum of 20% from out of province.
Late applications will not be considered
All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by mid-September for Winter Market Applications and early March for Spring Market Applications. As Halifax Crafters is a volunteer run organization, jury members are not able to give feedback on individual applications.