Cleveland Bazaar is Northeast Ohio’s longest-running indie handmade event. We’ve been doing shows since 2004 in spaces all over Cleveland and continue to grow from year to year. We welcome applications from artists outside Northeast Ohio, especially for our larger holiday shows, and we particularly welcome applications from artists typically underrepresented at handmade events. All shows are juried, so some product categories are more competitive than others.
Cleveland Bazaar has a longstanding tradition of being welcoming and inclusive and of treating our fellow artists like family. We expect that you will treat your peers with respect and consideration and that you will do your best to help promote and otherwise make the shows a success.
You can apply to all three currently-scheduled holiday Bazaar shows in 2023. We are opening applications as early as possible to give you additional time to plan your show schedule for the year. The dates for each show are as follows:
WinterLand/5th Street Arcades: Saturday, November 25th
Lake Affect Studios: Saturday, December 2nd
78th Street Studios: Saturday December 9th and Sunday December 10th
We have established a $15 administrative/jurying fee for applications to encourage only serious applicants. We are a handmade-only show, which means we do not accept MLM vendors such as Lularoe, Jamberry, doTerra, etc.
In previous years WinterLand and Lake Affect have cost $99 and 78th Street $239. We do NOT want to raise prices if at all possible this year, but if we do, we strive to keep all increases as low as possible to cover increases in our expenses, I.e., venue rental charges.
All Cleveland Bazaar applications will be made using Submittable, and all billing* will be done via Xero invoice unless other arrangements are made. (You can use PayPal to pay these invoices).
We are a juried show, which means that your application will go in front of multiple people who will rank your application based on the information you supply. Applications in various categories are then compared against each other and rank ordered. Some categories are more popular than others (jewelry is particularly full every year).
We strive for a balance of quality, a variety of price points across all exhibitors, and several other factors on the individual seller level, including success at previous Bazaar events, effective social media usage, and active promotion of prior Bazaar shows, if any.
The last point is very important: we are far more effective when we work together. We provide a hands-on, how-to guide for the holiday shows with instructions and expectations for pre-show social media promotion by our accepted sellers. If everyone does their part, EVERYONE succeeds. If you are accepted, please understand we will expect you to participate or ask for help if needed.
Summit Artspace is interested in the many ways in which BIPOC+ artists impact our communities through their art. One artist will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support the creation of a solo exhibition in Summit Artspace’s Horizon Gallery. Click here to apply.