WHAT DO WE ASK FROM YOU?
(OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS)
Active involvement in promoting the event within your own social networks (press coverage is provided).
Fees are to be paid in full at the time of submitting your application.
Only artists who have paid the current membership and entry fees are permitted to exhibit as part of the Trail as a solo artist or part of a group or society
Exhibitors may not invite guest exhibitors who are not paid exhibitors of the Peacock Arts Trail to exhibit with them. Failure to comply will result in automatic disqualification from the event in future years
You will need to ensure you have public liability for your venue and have taken appropriate health and safety precautions
Weekend opening (Saturday and Sunday), 10am - 5pm, will be mandatory for all artists. This is to help us ensure that the trail is a success and minimise disappointed visitors.
Please keep weekday opening times SIMPLE. For example, 10am-12pm and/or 1-4pm, or simply 10am - 4pm.
Keep a daily visitor count
Send us feedback after the event
WHAT AREA DOES THE TRAIL COVER?
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WHAT DO YOU GET FROM US?
Your membership includes:
2 year membership - your profile stays on our website until the next trail
Your profile image and information in our high quality printed brochure (more than 7000 copies distributed across the county) Feedback tells us that visitor's hang on to their brochure as a local reference guide to the arts for many years.
Free professional photograph of your work
Extensive signage throughout the trail area
All the signage you need to direct visitors to your venue
Targeted promotion and press coverage (online and print), including features in high quality local glossy magazines.
Our online artist resources page includes everything you need to promote yourself as part of the Trail.
Membership events, including artist socials, brochure/signage collection evening and an exhibition launch night.
We also work extensively with local arts centres and groups to ensure our promotion reaches a wide audience.
SOLO OR GROUP?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both options.
You may wish to exhibit as a solo artist if you have your own studio/workshop or if you plan to offer courses during the Trail. However you may have to work harder to promote your venue and attract visitors.
Alternatively a shared venue (whether it is in your workshop or a public space) offers you shared promotion, shared opening times and shared resources. But you will have to carefully coordinate things such as opening times to ensure it works for all.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A VENUE?
It is an artist's responsibility to find and organise a venue for their exhibition, however we are here to help and will be sharing the details of any exhibition spaces we hear about.
When choosing a venue, please bear in mind:
Some visitors may prefer to visit an artist in their own environment.
Groups of artists are likely to attract greater footfall than solo artists, especially in rural venues.
You may want to approach venues with other purposes, e.g. café, shop, leisure centre, however venues for whom art is not their primary purpose may need more encouragement with their signage and exhibition promotion or it may be difficult for visitors to view the art work. You will also need to find a venue that is open at reasonable times for visitors, including Sundays.
Please consider parking and disabled access when choosing a venue.
Be aware that some venues may be free whereas others may request a fee, e.g. a percentage of sales made during the Trail. Any agreement is between the artist(s) and the venue.
WHAT INFO IS ASKED FOR ON THE APPLICATION FORM?
Contact Details + social media accounts
Artform (2 fields if multi-disciplinary)
Description of your work (50 words max)
Venue Directions (artists in a group should agree on and submit identical instructions)
Disabled Access? (3 options)
Refreshments Provided? (3 options)
Parking? (3 options)
Will you be offering workshops? (yes/no)
Workshop details (if applicable)
+ 4 additional images of your work (optional)
+ an image of yourself/your group (optional)
We also ask a number of optional questions about you, your studio practice, what inspires you, etc. We use your answers to promote you and the Trail both online and in print media.
HOW MANY IMAGES OF MY WORK DO YOU REQUIRE?
We require at least ONE professional quality image of your work.
This will be displayed on your online profile as well as in our print brochure. We may also use your image in our publicity and marketing.
Images should be print quality, minimum 300dpi, max size 1MB.
A quick simple way to resize photos in Windows is to right click on the image, click on 'resize images' and opt for the option that is around 1500-2000 pixels.
Click on the image to view full size.
Alternatively IrfanView photo editor has good guidance notes on resizing images.
CAN I SEND YOU MORE IMAGES?
As well as your main profile image, you may also supply up to FOUR additional images of your work + an image of yourself (optional) which must be submitted with your application form.
These images are optional and will be used as additional promotional material on our blog and social media streams. A mix of landscape and portrait and different styles/background colours may mean your images are more likely to be featured in our press marketing.
Images should be print quality, minimum 300dpi, max size 1MB.
DO YOU OFFER PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF MY WORK?
Since 2019 we have been able to offer our artists the opportunity to have one professional photo of their work. The fabulous results can be seen on our website and greatly help us to promote the trail as a high quality event. We use these images in our brochure, online and in promotional material. They are free for the artists to keep.
TBC for 2025.
Dates/details TBC after the application closing date.
If you choose not to have a free professional photograph, the main profile image submitted with your application form must be clear, high res print quality.
DO I NEED MY OWN WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?
No. We want to support all of our artistic community from professional to those who just love to create.
Every exhibitor will have their own page/profile on our website. This will include the contact details that you provide, so if you would like visitors to email or phone you, we will list that information for you.
However, we would strongly encourage you to have at least one social media page as this will allow you to have a conversation with visitors and share more images of your work. For those of you who are not currently on social media, please see our artist resources page for help and guidance.
CAN I RUN WORKSHOPS DURING THE TRAIL?
Running workshops during the trail is an excellent way to encourage visitors to your venue. Especially if you are in a more remote location.
You may want to consider which visitors you will attract, for example at weekends you are more likely to get families and children/young people whereas during the week you may find you get more enquiries from retired people.
Workshop information will be displayed on our website and listed in our brochure. You will also have a 'take part' symbol against your profile in the brochure and online.
WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU PROVIDE?
All signage required to promote your venue, including venue number, arrows, large promotional board and a banner if you have a suitable place to put it with maximum passing traffic
Each artist receives at least 30 brochures to distribute, with plenty more available to collect once they have been given out
Health and Safety signage for your venue + a risk assessment form
Visitor record sheet and clicker to count visitors
ANY OTHER RESOURCES?
Yes! Please go to our Artist Resources page where you will find:
Online materials, including logos, banner and social media images
Tips on using social media to promote yourself and the Trail
Tips on photographing your work
DO I NEED INSURANCE?
Yes. In order to exhibit either in your own workspace or a shared venue, you will need Public Liability insurance.
There are a number of organisations that provide insurance specifically for artists. For simple, affordable Public Liability insurance, we recommend: