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Artist Shanty Village + Market
June 23 – July 24, 2022
Thursday – Sunday
11am – 4pm

NEW IN 2022!

Thank you to everyone who participated in or visited Artsville Amesbury 2022. Until next time!

This is a juried craft show organized by the Amesbury Cultural Council in partnership with the Firehouse Center for the Arts and the Newburyport Cultural Council. This is an excellent opportunity for local artisans + craftspeople to showcase and sell their work in vibrant and historical downtown Amesbury, Massachusetts.

What is an artist shanty? 

On loan from the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA, these artist shanties are five pastel-hued sheds, featuring double barn doors and plenty of display space inside for artists' wares. All five shanties will be installed in the green space surrounding the gazebo adjacent to the Amesbury Public Library at 149 Main Street. Easily accessible and highly visible, the shanties will form a lively village of local artisans, open to the public from 11am–4pm, Thursday–Sunday, June 23–July 24. Occasional live music will be provided by visiting musicians in the gazebo (when available). 

There are four 6'x8' shanties and one 8'x12' shanty available for weekly rentals.

This program was initially a collaboration between the Firehouse Center for the Arts, the City of Newburyport, and BLB Design/Build. The initial project was funded through the Creative County Initiative, a partnership between the Essex County Community Foundation and the Barr Foundation. Images below depict artisans from the 2019 season of the Newburyport Arts and Culture Shanties Project.

The Amesbury Cultural Council is seeking unique, high quality, handmade items from local artisans of all mediums. Artisans may share their shanty with other vendors, may use the shanties as work/commerce spaces, and may rent their shanty for multiple weeks. Artisans with previous market experience are preferred. 

Artsville Amesbury Dates

Weekly from June 23 – July 24

  • Set up on Tuesday - Wednesday

  • Open to public Thursday–Sunday, 11am-4pm

  • Break down Monday


**Artisans may share the shanties with other vendors, may use the shanties as a work space as well as a commercial space, and may rent their shanty for multiple weeks** 

Artsville Amesbury Location

149 Main Street, next to Amesbury Public Library

Highly trafficked, highly visible area, at the busy intersection of Main Street, Sparhawk Street, and School Street. 



Artsville Amesbury Cost 

  • $100/week for 6' x 8' shanty (4 available)

  • $150/week 8' x 12' shanty (1 available)

  • $25/week electricity access

  • Artists will be required to purchase or show proof of insurance. Temporary insurance for artists can be found here


**All display tables/shelves/lighting/extension cords/signage etc. must be provided by the artist/renter.**

By completing the application, you agree to these terms and conditions:

General Release and Acceptance of Rules – I/we the applicants have read the Conditions of the Show and agree to abide by the conditions. I/we agree to assume full responsibility for my property. In addition, I/we do expressly release the City of Amesbury and the Amesbury Cultural Council (ACC) from any and all liability for any damage, injury, or loss of any person, business or property which may arise from the occupation of the booth space by the applicant(s), and agree to hold and save the City of Amesbury and the Amesbury Cultural Council harmless of any damage, injury or loss by reason thereof. If this application is accepted, I/we give permission to use my name, business name, photo descriptions, item prices, photos or images taken of me or my items for any and all purposes. 

Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.


Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the ACC and you will be notified by an email from If approved, you will receive payment instructions with your acceptance email and payment will be due immediately upon notification. Once accepted and payment has been received, all fees are non-refundable.

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