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Are you a modern maker, creative, artist, indie business owner,

food & drinks producer?

If you'd love to be involved in our festive pop up shop, well look no further, applications are now open! 

On this page you'll find everything you need to know on how to apply for our Festive Pop Up Shop on the 28th November to the 24th December. At this event we ask interested businesses to complete an simple online application form by a deadline date. A selection process then takes place after this date by our Curatorial Team. Our application process allows each event we produce to be curated, with a mixture of disciplines and a variety of different makers and producers taking part. This also lets us maintain a high level of quality that visitors to our events have now grown to expect when they come along. This process also allows us to limit where possible any duplication of existing businesses in the town, our aim is to provide additionality to Dumfries town centre, not to detract from it.

Would you love to get involved in our festive pop up shop, want to collaborate, interested in leading a workshop, giving a live q&a, demo, taste testing, or have another wonderful idea, we'd love to hear about it! 

Firstly, please read over our Application Process below, then our APPLICATION CRITERIA and TERMS & CONDITIONS in full before applying. This page contains vital information and we hope will answer most of your questions. You'll find the applications form for the Festive Pop Shop listed below, it can be accessed by the clicking 'APPLY NOW'. 


If you're filling out an application form for one of events for the first time, you'll be required to share some business details and links to your social media accounts. All applicants must go through our application process by filling out our simple online application form and provide us with images that will be used in marketing the each event. We'd suggest preparing these details before you start the application process. 


Once you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation message "Thank you for taking the time to make an application for our Festive Pop Up Shop we will be in touch shortly after the closing date." which will be displayed on your screen once you submit an application online. You can also request to have a copy of your application emailed to you, you'll be sent a completed form and have the opportunity to make edits. 


Once you've submitted an application, it's then a patient wait for an email response from us after the closing date, which is stated on the application form and below. All applicants will be contacted to inform you whether you were successful or not. If your application is successful, we'll provide you with further details re. payment. The rental fee will need to be paid by a specified date to confirm your place.


All our succeful applicants must provide valid certification of Public Liability Insurance and Product Liability Insurance where necessary. Food producers must also provide the appropriate Health and Safety/Food Hygiene certificates to be permitted to be take part .All applicants will be contacted after the deadline to inform you whether you were successful or not. 

As part of the organisation of this event, The Guild will undertake publicity and media coverage that targets Dumfries and the surrounding region effectively. Media exposure will create interest and boost footfall to the pop up shop and also traffic to the online directory and marketplace. We will promote the event on our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On the run up to the Pop Up Shop, during the set up and opening times we will be showcasing the work and the stories of our community of makers & producers on our website, social media, on the official event on facebook and we will also send out information to our mailing list.


We want to nurture and support our maker community especially during these weird times and when many in real life events have been cancelled. If applicants are selected to take part at any of our events, they are then given access to an online makers & shakers area where we can deliver free training and advice. This space also becomes a place where our creative community can network, and it also becomes a skill-sharing hub and somewhere where each of the makers can build relationships with other businesses and share experiences. It’s a central place to communicate with our makers and traders and help answer any questions they may have. We will also have a seperate online group for this project.


We also encourage and assist our makers to get the most out of taking part in our event and promoting their involvement. Its especially important that during this event, as a community we work together and help attract as many customers to come along and visit us at the Pop Up Shop . We can also promotoe to a wider audience to encourage them to shop virtually, supporting all the businesses taking part both online and offline. We will send successful applicants a series of emails in the run up to the event and also possibly deliver a zoom meeting. We will provide makers with a media kit with logos and graphics that can be used in the promotion of the event. We wish to encourage shared partnerships to deliver a cohesive and consistent approach to marketing our event.


As part of being involved in the festive pop up shop we will create a dedicated area on our website to showcase our community of makers, creatives, food and drinks producers taking part. If makers have chosen to also be part of the online marketplace, this will provide information all in one place to visitors and click throughs to where they can find  out more about each business taking part and have the opportunity to purchase products to be dielivered or collected in person during a  pre booked collection slot. Every listing will include a headshot, an image, a short description, up to 15 products listed and links to social media to increase their exposure.


During the set up and opening times of the Festive Pop Up Shop we aim to create a visual presence around the location to attract passing trade both on the high street and inside the Shopping Centre. We will also be filming and posting both videos and images on social media throughout the set up and when the Festive Pop Up Shop is open to give followers a behind the scenes experience of our project.

Got a question about our festive pop up shop before you apply? Do you need some help and support completing your application form? Please get in touch and we will try our best to answer your query.



  • Please ensure you've read our APPLICATION CRITERIA and TERMS & CONDITIONS before you complete your application form.
  • Our online application forms require you to have an account with google so that you can upload files and also request to have a copy of your completed form emailed to you. You will need to be signed in to access the forms and click the 'APPLY NOW' link below.
  • You will need to include atleast 4 square ratio images of your products or work for your application. These need to be saved so they include the following file name The-Guild-Festive-Pop-Up-Shop-YOUR BUSINESS NAME.  These images need to be 1:1 Ratio.
  • For your application for the Festive Pop Up Shop we need you to also include a picture of you, this can be a headshot or image of you at work or in your studio. This need to be 1:1 Ratio. 
  • Your application can be sent to you and re-edited after you submit, we recommend you do this, you'll find it at the bottom of the form.  You can then re-submit with all the information and  images prepared in the correct file format, just incase you don't have all the neccesary information required when you fill out the form at first 



Our Festive Pop Up Shop is carefully curated, The Guild Dumfries will review each and every application thoughtfully.

By making an application to be involved at the  Festive Pop Up Shop, you are agreeing to our TERMS & CONDITIONS. Space is limited at each event so if your application is unsuccessful this time, please don't be disheartened or take it personally.  We want to provide visitors and customers with a mix of sellers and disciplines and an alternative shopping experience. 

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