Coronvirus Pandemic

I wanted to give you a quick update about what measures I’ve put in place to reassure you with regards to the Coronvirus Pandemic.  I know we’re all in limbo at the moment, and it’s difficult to make plans and commit resources to future events when we don’t know what’s round the corner.  And that means that artists and makers are going to be struggling to make decisions about applying for Christmas fairs.

As an artist myself, I know what it feels like to not have the kind of cashflow or indeed overall income that can stand a loss of even the smallest stall fee.  So with that in mind, I’ve decided that all stallholders will, in the event of further lockdowns this Autumn,  receive full refunds as soon as possible.  This will of course be at the expense of paying myself for work already done on the fair, but as it’s unlikely I’d get any kind of insurance to cover this kind of eventuality, it’s the only way.  Those refunds might not come immediately, and speed of refunds will depend on how far ahead we can predict a possible cancellation of the fair(in terms of venue fees being refunded etc).  If you are applying for a stall at this year’s fair please do read the Terms and Conditions carefully, and see clause 13 in particular.

It has been a difficult few weeks.  As I have been in ‘Sheilding’ measures for a month as we speak and haven’t been beyond my garden gate, my view of the world is very much through a screen and looks likely to be so for some time to come.  We don’t know exactly what the world will look like at the end of the lockdown, let alone the end of the pandemic.  But I do know that this creative community I am part of will come out of this with new vigour and perhaps with a renewed perspective on life, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all in the flesh, with maybe even some tentative hugs!  So please do apply to 2020 Design@HEART, and lets make it the best fair yet.

Stay safe, and love to everyone.

Becky Moore

 

Business as usual?

…. Well, almost!

As we get through our second week in lockdown, it seems like every day we’re hearing of another event being cancelled.  Earlier in the week it was the Potternewton Carnival.  My heart sank.  Of course it was inevitable, and of course it had to happen.    To all the organisers and crews this must have been a heartbreaking decision to have to make and it will leave a huge gap in the lives of many this year.  And it seems like each day there’s a new “oh no….” moment of disappointment.    But,  BUT… we must and will remain hopeful.  The crisis is likely to last a lot longer than we want, but it will pass.  We will be exhausted and battered, and for many of us our lives will be changed irrevokably.  But life will go on, and GOOD TIMES ARE ON THE WAY.

So, in an optomistic spirit, plans for Design@HEART 2020 are beginning.  Today applications for stalls opened.  Contingency plans are being put in place as I write, to ensure that financial risks are minimised.  Art work has been done.  Publicity materials designed.  If we’re out of this pickle by November we WILL bring you Design@HEART!

If you would like a stall please apply here, after reading our Terms and Conditions of course.