Master Fridrikr Tomasson and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona, Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences, post some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the Æthelmearc A&S Faire.
As the Æthelmearc A&S Faire approaches, we are getting questions about the Prize Faire. Here are some frequently Asked Questions and their answers.
The Arts & Sciences Faire is an event similar to the Queen’s Prize Tournament or the Laurel Prize Tournament held in other Kingdoms. It is an opportunity for up and coming Artisans to show their work and be interviewed by more experienced artisans. The event announcement can be found here.
Who can participate in the A&S Faire?
Anyone who only has an arts award at the Sycamore level or another Kingdom equivalent, or only a Baronial arts award, or no arts award. If you have a Grant or Patent level Arts award, you cannot enter.
What should I bring?
You may bring up to three items, or a display, which reflect the work you’ve been involved in. Your entry should also include some form of documentation (see below).
What about documentation?
You may provide whatever documentation you wish. Documentation is a means to help inform the judges of your work, your research, your sources, your processes, and your conclusions. Since you will be talking with the judges throughout the day, the extent of your documentation is up to you.
What part do members of the Fleur or Laurel play?
Every entrant must have a sponsor who is a member of the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, or another Kingdom Grant level equivalent Arts or Sciences Order, or a member of the Order of the Laurel.
Sponsors may have more than one entrant to sponsor.
Sponsors will be the judges who interview the entrants during the course of the day.
For every entrant, the Sponsors must provide a gift of some kind – either appropriate to the entrants or a general item – that will be given to the entrants at the end of the day. Every entrant will leave the day with a gift.
Sponsors are encouraged to have tokens for presenting to any entrants that they are impressed with.
What about Barons, Baronesses, and the Royalty?
Landed Barons and Baronesses, as well as any Royalty who attend, are encouraged to meet the entrants and discuss their work. Small tokens to present to those entrants you are especially impressed with are encouraged.
What about Children and Youth?
We would LOVE to have children and youth participate as well. They should also have a sponsor and will be given table space to set up a display of their work as well.
How do I register as either an Entrant or a Sponsor? And why am I registering?
Registration forms are located on the Æthelmearc Arts & Sciences Webpage.
Registration as either an Entrant or a Sponsor allows the organizers of the event to ensure there is sufficient table space for everyone, and to ensure we have enough judges for the day.
What if I want to sponsor someone but I cannot be there?
We encourage all of the sponsors to be in attendance but we understand that the date may preclude some from participating. You can still be a sponsor! We ask that you still register but let us know that you cannot attend. But please make sure you send along gifts for those you do sponsor.
What if I want to enter but I cannot be there? Can I send my work with someone else?
Unfortunately, no. Because the intent of the event is to allow face to face discussion of your work, if you are not there to discuss it, it defeats the purpose of the day.
If I can’t make this one, will there be another opportunity?
Absolutely! We will be using this format for the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship in the Fall, as well as hoping to hold another Faire in the Spring of 2017.
Fridrikr & Orianna, KMoAS