1.Who can participate in an Amata fair?
Anyone Spanish or foreign who lives and Works in Spain and makes his/her material using his/her own labour plus possibly one more assistent or member of the family, whose work is of reasonable quality and who is prepared to further the general aims of Amata in a supportive and friendly manner.
2.What papers do I need?
Spanish law iinsists that you have all requisite papers if you wish to engage in any economic activity. However, Amata is not interested in papers as such in general and in particuñar does not regard a "tarjeta de artesanía" as proof of competence, the quality is in the work and not in the papers
3.Does everything need to be handmade?
Material must be made by hand by the artesano him/herself with possibly the help of one assistent/associate/family member.
Minor and subsidiary components may be bought ready made, but must not form the mayor part of the finished article. Amata reserves the right to inspect he workshop and tools of the artesano and watch materials being made. Photographs/videos of the artesano in the workshop and of articles in progress may be required if there is any doubt and such a visit is not posible.
7.Can I participate in all Amata fairs?
Amata organices fairs with between 20 and 80 stalls depending on the amount of public expected to visit the event, the bigger the town, the more stalls.Amata prefers to have many different types of stalls and only a few stalls of each type, this ensures that the public has plenty to look at and that each stallholder earns a reasonable ammount. Thus it can occur that although not all the space are filled, you cannot participate due to conflicting products.
5. What kind of quality does Amata look for?
Amata prefers articles made by hand to a standard and not to a Price.Amata prefers unique pieces rather tan a series of copies of one or two designs. Obviously the people taking part in a fair have to live, so it is quite allright to mix high quality articles that are difficult to sell with other articles that are easier to sell, as long as t he latter don´t take up most of the stall.
6. What about food stalls?
Depending on the wishes of the town hall Amata does admit food stalls in fairs, as well as taverns. Preference Will always go to stalls that make their own products or buy them from a small artesanal company.
If you are in doubt if your product can be admitted please contact Amata.
10. When to show up and how to build up
A person from Amata will be present in the fair at the time indicated in our correspondence, please read the emails carefully. If you have any special wishes for your space, please let us know when applying for the fair, because the day when we build up it´s often too late to make any changes. Amata always makes a map of all the fair with a specific space assigned for each artesan. Amata prefers you come a mínimum of 2 hours before the fair opens, so everything will be ready when it needs to be.
When you arrive look for a person of Amata and they Will indicate your space and where you can park your car, while unloading or looking for the organizar please park your car in such a way as to not hinder the Flow of traffic for other persons, please unload all your material and stall and park your car before you start to build up your stall.
8. How does the selection procedure of Amata fairs work?
Amata will send, for example, about 100 invitations for a fair of around 50 or 60 stalls, given that not everybody will want to or is able to participate. If you are interested in participating, you should fill out the form that comes with the invitation and send it to Amata. However this does not automaticly mean you can participate in this event, it can be posible that we already have stalls with similar material and Amata prefers to have stalls with different materials in their markets and not repeat the same material.
When the deadline for applying for a market has ended, you will recieve an email to let you know wether or not you have been selected. If you don´t recieve news from Amata within a few days of the deadline closing, contact us, because there might have been an error in receiving your application or in sending you the confirmation (we are all humans after all). If you have not been selected this time we will try to include you the next time.
If we accept you and confirm you assistence in the fair, we reserve a space for you in the fair.If for any reason whatsoever you are not able to participate, please let us know as soon as possible -also see question 9.
11.What are the sanctions and penalties that Amata implements?
Amata works very hard to try and creat a relaxed and friendly working envirement in its fairs. Ocasionally problems arise or people act in such a way that doesn´t fit in to this atmosphere. The most obvious and easy penalti Amata implements, is to not invite you for future events.
Amata prefers people who:
1. don´t have material they didn´t make themselves. if we do find wholesale products you Will be asked to remove it.
2. don´t argue excessivly with other participants or the Amata team about their space etc.
3. don´t wear modern ítems such as watches, sportshoes, modern clothing in a fair with a theme.
9. I wanted to come but something happened.
If something happens that doesn´t allow you to participate such as an accident, sickness, storm, floods, car problems, etc. please let Amata know as soon as possible, in general there is a waiting list of people who want to participate and can fill your spot, obviously if this happens regurlaly, Amata Will ask for a security deposit and won´t garantuee your spot untill receiving it. If you don´t show up without warning us you Will be put on the "black list"
12. Where can I eat and sleep during the fair?
Amata usually cooks a hot meal at lunchtime like for example a paella, salad and a drink for only 4 €, tickets will be sold during the market if you want to eat with Amata, this is not compulsary but just a service we offer.
Sometimes the city hall will offer a place to sleep and/or shower allthough you cannot count on this. we Will communicate the availability in the emails we send with the last details. if you wish to use this space please let us know in advance to prevent an overbooking of the acomadation.
15. What about insurance?
Amata has a general insurance against accidents involving the public of hte fairs.
However this insurance does not cover incidents related to cosmetics or food, this means that every stall selling food or cosmetics must have their own insurance and papers in order.
14. Security and safety?
Most of our events last two or three days. If the city hall does not hire security, Amata will try to hire artesans of the fair to do the security, allthough this is not always posible, Amata also tries to arrange a safe building/room, where artisans can store their material overnight.
13. How much does it cost?
Amata is interested in promoting artesanía in Spain. In general, the higher the quality, less is earned, therefore in the interest of quality we try to keep the costs as low as posible.
In most fairs Amata charges 10% of the sales, insuring that people how don´t sell much don´t pay too much to be able to participate and don´t loose money because of a fixed price per meter. Together with what the City hall pays this pays for the expenses we have (animation, gasoil, pone calls, etc.
If the participants have to pay something extra, the quantity will be clearly indicated in the invitations.
4.Can I sell craftwork from other countries?
Amata understands perfectly that por people in Third World countries need all the help they can get, but Amata is an organisation to promote artesanía in Spain. Amata does not permit any re-sale at all, wether the material is made by friends or family of the person on the stall or is sold to help poor people abroad.
16. Can I work next to the stall?
Ofcourse! Amata feels it is very important the artesans in the fair can be seen working in the fair by the public, this is also why we don´t charge extra for a space to work in our fairs, the reasons for this are:
1. So the public can see the time and effort it takes to make things by hand and thus appreciate why handmade products are more expensive then factory made products.
2. So that everybody can see that everythng the see in any stall is handmade by the same person who is in the stall.
3. Because it is interesting to watch somebody handcrafting a product, making it a good reason to come and see the fair.
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