HOW TO APPLY TO CONSIGN YOUR WORK WITH THE HAC GIFT SHOP
Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Hillsborough Arts Council's Gallery & Gift Shop. Our goal is to provide a unique shopping experience for customers while highlighting and selling quality work by local artists. Our consignment partnership provides stability for local artists and also creates a steady stream of income that supports the Hillsborough Arts Council’s community programing year-round.
Please check back here for updates and keep an eye out for opportunities to share your work through programs like Last Fridays Makers Markets (May-October 2022), Solstice Lantern Walk (December 2022), Handmade Market (2024), and others.
The HAC Gift Shop is currently at capacity and not accepting new applications to consign.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below before applying to consign.
Who is eligible to apply?
Artists in Hillsborough and Orange County are our primary source of artists but we will also consider applications from artists in the surrounding counties. We strive to reflect the diversity of our community and encourage artists of all mediums and backgrounds to apply.
When are applications accepted?
Applications are accepted from January 15th through October 1st of each year. The selection committee meets once a month during those months to review applications. Decisions about artwork for the holiday season are made by mid-October. Applications submitted after October 1st will not be reviewed until after the New Year.
What type of work are you looking for?
The Gallery & Gift Shop Selection Committee consigns unique items that are made by local artists and artisans. These items should be made with a high standard of craftsmanship, design, and composition. Some of the items that sell best in our shop are jewelry, pottery, scarves and other fiber work, wooden bowls, cutting boards, and stained glass. Our target audience typically spends $15-65 per transaction, although we sell items up to $250 during the holiday season. We prefer artwork in this price range to ensure inventory is regularly refreshed and items are marketable to our audience. Higher-priced works may be well-suited for the Gallery section of our shop.
How do I apply?
Please complete the following form to submit details about your artwork for consideration by the selection committee.
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Please do not bring your artwork into the shop until you have been personally contacted by the Gallery & Gift Shop Manager for an appointment to share your work in person.
Who decides if my artwork is accepted?
The Gallery & Gift Shop Selection Committee is composed of the Gallery & Gift Shop Manager, along with lead volunteers, and select artists who have been involved with the Hillsborough Arts Council for several years. The committee will review your application and decide whether your artwork will complement the Gallery & Gift Shop's existing inventory. Either way, a member of the selection committee with be in touch with information about next steps (typically this review occurs quarterly).
What happens if my artwork is accepted for consignment?
If your artwork is accepted, you will meet with a committee member and bring in your first selection of artwork to consign. You will sign a consignment agreement at that time. You will also need to provide an artist statement and business cards. The committee member will also discuss our inventory and barcoding procedures, the restocking process, and the payment policy and schedule.
Thank you again for your interest in consigning with the Hillsborough Arts Council's Gallery & Gift Shop! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.