Hopeful and Glorious create great quality events for artists, makers and designers from across the North.
We’ve been working with Pedddle – who promote markets and independent artisan traders across the UK – to pull together an online market opportunity for Global Creative Collaboration Day on 26th September 2020.
Pedddle have been running a few online markets that have run successfully, and they have decided to widen this to involve other markets, including ours. This is the first time we’ll be doing an online market, so this will be a learning opportunity for us and for many makers who haven’t taken part in an online market. With this in mind, the cost for the market will be kept low, just £20 – and if you’re a Pedddle premium member, the price will be a bit less than this.
For our Hopeful and Glorious market, we will be curating all the stalls in the same way that we would for a physical event to ensure excellent quality handmade work. We will be the only Lancashire market taking place.
To take part, you would need an online shop – this could be your website online shop, Etsy, Folksy or another online shop. It must not be a Facebook shop or a form of direct messaging for details, because the markets have to be promoted in the same way. We want to make buying as easy as possible.
We see this as a great, low-cost way for makers to be creating greater awareness about their work, engaging with visitors and making sales.
The way it will work is that each market will run at the same time on the day. Pedddle will encourage visitors to dip into lots of markets so that we all get new visitors to our sites. On the day itself, we will encourage makers taking part to post on social media and be just as active in engaging people as if you were at one of our usual, real-world venues.
As the market isn’t that far away, if you are interested in taking part, you will need to apply by 2nd September 2020. If we offer you a place, you will then need to complete a few details about your work on the Pedddle website. This won’t take long, and we offer full instructions and support.
We will be looking for feedback after the event as we are considering running an online fair on the run-up to Christmas and we are keen to see how this works for everyone.
We hope you will be interested in giving this a try and promote your work online at this new event.
Kind thanks to the National Festival of Making for use of their photos of the Makers’ Market at the 2019 National Festival of Making.