Standards Criteria and Eligibility

Who May Apply?

Applications are open to makers, artists, crafts people, authors, bakers/confectioners, etc., who produce handmade art and craft and who are legal residents of Canada.  Nova Scotia residents will be given priority for the available spaces but all applications must be completed and submitted by the posted deadline for consideration. Spaces not filled in the first intake of applications will then be offered to applicants from other provinces.

Food Vendors: food may only be sold at the 2021 Craft Show if packaged for take home consumption. For example, toffee, honey, jams and jellies, cheese straws, cup cakes, etc are all acceptable.

What are the criteria?

We limit the number of exhibitors per category; and our makers do not have to compete with imported and mass-produced items as we only accept handmade products. We strive to maintain a high level of quality and variety in those items offered at the show, thus ensuring we do not saturate the show with any one type of craft. We review all complete applications and then make our choice based on several factors (see below).

The following criteria will apply to all items for sale at Dartmouth Handcrafters Guild (DHG) shows:

  • The quality of workmanship and overall cohesiveness and consistency of your work.
  • If your items are made by hand, or if some of your designs are produced/manufactured elsewhere. All work must be original and made/designed by the artist. Work should be made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools.
  • A piece must show competent methods of construction and must be skillfully finished.
  • The level of technique involved, and the design in terms of its function, will be considered in the evaluation of the overall quality of an item. Items must be capable of serving the purpose for which they were designed.
  • Objects must be well designed both technically and aesthetically.
  • Presentation should reflect your current product offerings and portray an aesthetically pleasing and well-designed presence both on-site and online.
  • In addition, your application must be completed which includes clear examples of your work (photos) and adequately detailed description.
  • How your items are represented in your photos/on your website. (Your photos should not be blurry or poor quality. You must provide photos of your own work for review).
  • If we feel that your work is too similar to other artists we have participating. (We limit exhibitors per category as we must diversify the crafts available at the show. Some categories are incredibly competitive.)
  • The number and diversity of designs or products you offer. We ask that you apply for no more than two categories per applicant. We know that many of you are extremely talented in multiple areas, but limiting your focus for this show helps us to preserve the balance among the various crafts shown and, more importantly, will help to increase your sales!
  • Food items may not be displayed with other unrelated items. For example, a booth selling honey may sell other non-edible items made with honey, but a booth selling candy may not also sell jewelry.
  • All merchandise in the Show must be hand-crafted. This is a retail to public show. Products must be handmade and offered in finished form. The sale of commercial kits, patterns, supplies and resale merchandise is not permitted. No bulk/factory manufactured items allowed.
  • Direct sales businesses and other distributor type products and services are not permitted.
  • Commercially made objects may not be the major part of any work. Items which are primarily assembled commercial lettering on purchased items and items which are more than 60% commercial are not permitted. Articles that require simple assembly only of commercially available parts as opposed to skillful manipulation or application of materials will not be accepted.
  • Ready-made parts or components are permitted only if they are subordinate to the total design and craftsmanship of the finished item.
  • Identification and labeling – makers name must be included with products including any legislated labeling instructions ie. product care and use, cautions, or ingredients.
  • The DHG reserves the right to accept or reject applications at its discretion to balance the style and content of the event for the benefit of all who attend.