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How To Apply: Artisans

MARCH 25 & 26, 2017 - 10:00AM- 5:00PM - RIVERVIEW, FL


Applications FOr the Winthrop arts festival & Artisan market
are now closed.

Thank you to all who applied!

For the second year in a row, Winthrop Arts is holding a curated Artisan Market during our annual Art Festival. We believe this gives an opportunity to an even broader range of creators, including craftspeople and true Artisans. Additionally, it provides a richer experience for our guests, who have the chance to buy an array of beautiful items for themselves and their homes.

We define an Artisan as a craftsperson who is skilled in making things by hand. Each item an Artisan sells is unique, however unlike Artists applying to our Festival, Artisans are allowed to use commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or commercial methods. We are listing below the Artisan crafts that we would love to feature this year, however this list is not definitive. If you have a unique craft, please send an Artisan application our way!

Artisanal food and drink items, such as infused vinegars and olives
Candles and homemade scents
Clothing, bags, and accessories
Handmade Furniture
Home accessories, such as mirrors and throw pillows
Leather Goods, such as wallets, belts, and shoes
Reimagined glass ware, such as painted wine bottles or vintage decanter wind chimes
Soaps, lotions, and homemade beauty products
Upcycled crafts and designs, using recycled/repurposed materials  

Please note that if you are applying as an Artisan, you must meet all of our criteria, as outlined in our official rules and regulations.

You will find all of the eligibility information, as well as the full rules and regulations for Artisans below. Please be sure to read carefully, as our rules regarding Artists and Artisans have changed. The simple two-page Artisan application can be found here. In addition to your completed application, we must also receive the $50.00 application fee. We now accept payments online! 

And of course if you have any questions, please email us at!

Applications are being accepted now!
Click to download the application in PDF or Word.




Eligibility Information,
Policies and Release Agreement for

Eligibility Information: Artisans

All work must be original and executed by the accepted Artisan. By signing and submitting the 2017 Artisan application, you affirm hands-on involvement in the creation and execution of each piece of work. Please see for more information regarding the delineation between Artists and Artisans.

Work must be consistent with the images submitted by the Artisan and must follow Festival guidelines. Festival Management retains the right to remove any work from the exhibition. All work provided by the Artisan must be displayed appropriately in a clean and organized fashion.

Policies: Artisans

Electricity is not provided and generators are not permitted. Vehicle access will be provided to each exhibitor at set times starting at 3:00PM Friday. Using a dolly is permitted and encouraged. Artisans must follow set-up and strike guidelines as provided by Festival Management upon acceptance into the Artisan Market. Artisans must remain with their exhibit throughout the entire Festival (volunteers are permitted to assist with breaks), and are not permitted to leave until their scheduled departure time. Winthrop Arts staff will have a limited number of volunteers onsite to assist with booth supervision during brief breaks. Artisans must have booth dismantled and off of the property by 7:30PM on Sunday evening (2.5 hours after the show ends). Violators may be subject to fines. White tents measuring 10’ by 10’ are required for Artisans and should be in good condition. Winthrop Arts does not provide or rent tents. Please see our website for suggested retailers. The Festival recommends you do not use inexpensive, pop-up tents, as they have the potential to be dangerous in high winds and inclement weather. Artisans must provide tie downs, weights (such as sandbags) and any other sturdy equipment necessary to stabilize tents, displays and artwork in windy or rainy weather. Winthrop Arts recommends 25 pound weights per leg for the ideal stability. Staking is not possible or allowed. Festival Management reserves the right to remove any displays which are unsightly or in poor condition. Winthrop Arts does provide limited overnight security during the Festival weekend, however anything left in a booth overnight is at Artisan’s own risk. Festival Management and their agents affiliated with the event will not be responsible for artwork and displays left in booths overnight. 

Artisans are responsible for any and all sales tax related to the sales of goods at the Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market. Winthrop Arts is not responsible for tracking or overseeing the sales tax due from the profits from any works sold.

By signing and submitting the 2017 Artisan Application Form, you agree that you have read and understand the show rules and regulations and agree to abide by them. 

Release Agreement: Artisans

The Artisan agrees to and does hereby assume any and all risks of personal injuries to the Artisan, including death and risk of damages to the Artisan’s property and work, cause by or arising out of the Artisan’s involvement in the Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market.

The Artisan herby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Winthrop Arts, Inc. from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, damages, losses, liabilities, obligations, costs, expenses and judgments cause by the Artisan’s acts or omissions or failure to abide by the rules of the Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market arising out of the Artisan’s involvement in the Festival.

If accepted, Winthrop Arts, Inc. has my permission to reproduce my work, through the images I have submitted, for the purpose of promoting, advertising and marketing the Festival. Winthrop Arts, Inc. has my permission to publish photographs or video taken of me, my booth and my work during the Festival for purposes related to promotions of the Festival, past or future.

Fees and Notification Information: Artisans

Artisan applications received between August 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017 will be accepted and considered. The non-refundable Artisan Application Fee is $25.00 for applications received between August 1 and November 30, 2016. Applicants will be notified in writing (email) by December 15, 2016.

The non-refundable Artisan Application Fee increases to
$50.00 for applications received between December 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis in writing (email) no later than February 15, 2017.

Please see the Artisan Application Form for payment options. Applications received without an Application Fee will not be considered.

The non-refundable Artisan Market Fee for all accepted Artists is $250.00 and is due no later than March 1, 2017.

Refund Policy: Artisans

The Artisan understands that both the Application Fee and Artisan Market Fee are non-refundable. If you are accepted in the Artisan Market you are signifying your commitment to participate in the 2017 Artisan Market. Based on your commitment, the Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market turns away other Artisans who would like to participate. In the event of a true emergency, please contact Winthrop Arts Management. 


If you have been accepted into the 2017 Winthrop Arts Festival & Artisan Market, congratulations! Please pay the $250 Artisan Participation fee either through our website (see below) or by sending a check to Winthrop Arts, Inc. to P.O. Box 2638, Brandon, FL 33509. The fee is due no later than March 1, 2017. Thank you for your application and we can't wait to see you at the 2017 Winthrop Arts Festival & Artisan Market!