Apply to the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties: Rolling admission

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Artists applying must be a Cape Cod resident spending at least six months a year at their  Cape Cod address as their primary residence.
Artists may be asked to submit proof of residency.

Work must be original handmade, hand-crafted or hand-designed.

Multiple artists may share a shanty but they all must separately apply and be accepted.

Artists sharing the shanties shall coordinate payments and submit ONE check as deposit and ONE as balance due.


  • Each year, applications are accepted starting October 15 and FIRST REVIEW begins December 15.
  • Advantage of applying early:
    • Artists will be notified no later than January 15
  • Applications CONTINUE TO BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS until all spots are filled.

PLEASE NOTE:   There is a rolling application/jury process for any remaining openings and artists are encouraged to always submit an application to be considered for the current season as not all spots are filled during the first review.

Artists will always receive an auto confirmation their application has been received. If you do not receive confirmation once you have officially submitted your application, please email


Each year is a new year; prior participation does not mean automatic acceptance into the program.

Amount of time allotted for each artist varies from year to year.

Artists applying must be a Cape Cod resident spending at least six months a year at their  Cape Cod address as their primary residence. Artists may be asked to submit proof of residency.

Each artist’s application is juried/reviewed and evaluated by committee in order to ensure the quality and variety of work offered. In some cases, artists are asked to come in person to present their work to the review committee. Once accepted into the program, any items not approved during the jury process must be approved by the Town of Barnstable's Arts and Culture Coordinator prior to selling in the shanty. Artists must complete an application and be juried/accepted into the program on a yearly basis.

Work must be original handmade, hand-crafted or hand-designed.


    • No refunds
    • 50% or full amount of rental fee PLUS separate security deposit check due with the signed license agreement, balance due within four weeks
    • Artists accepted into the program after April 30 will send in full payment within one week of their acceptance date


May Weekends: Friday - Sunday & open Monday, Memorial Day $135 $85
June Weekends: Friday through Sunday $135 $85
June weeks: 7 days a week begins 6/19/23 $275 $125
July & August: 7 days a week through 8/27/23 $275 $125
September: 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday, 8/31 - 9/25/23 $200 $125
October Weekends: Fri - Sun, 9/29 -10/22/23 $125 $85
Black Friday/Small Business Saturday -Gingerbread Lane event: 11/24 & 11/25, 2023 $100 per artist, 2 artists/shanty


$50.00 (refundable) security deposit due with the signed contract. This is in addition to your rental fee check. This deposit check will be voided at the end of the season if shanty is left 'nail-free' and clean and keys and parking passes are returned.


All artists are required to carry commercial general liability insurance. You must submit a Certificate of Insurance naming Town of Barnstable as an additional insured due with your signed contract. There are many reasonably priced options for artists participating in venues such as the shanties and other festivals and fairs as stand-alone short-term policy, or as a rider on your homeowners or business owners insurance.


May 19 - June 18 Fri-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm * Open Memorial Day Monday
June 19 - July 2 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-6:00pm
July 3 - August 20 Mon-Sun; 11:00am-8:00pm
August 21 - August 27 Mon - Sun; 11:00am - 6:00pm
August 31 - September 25 Thurs - Mon; 11:00am-6:00pm
9/29 - 10/22 Fri-Sun; 11:00am-4:00pm
Black Friday/Shop Local Saturday Fri. 11/24 & Sat. 11/25; 11:00am -3:00pm Gingerbread Lane at HARBOR OVERLOOK ONLY


Town of Barnstable's Arts and Culture Coordinator will send information to participating artists on everything needed for a successful shanty stay from how to unlock the shanty doors to shanty sales and marketing advice.

Every accepted artist is emailed information before the season starts.  There is a pre-season artist  meeting in the spring to answer any further questions and visit the shanties to take pictures and measurements.

NOTE:  ALL PROGRAM HOURS & DATES subject to change prior to April 15, 2023.

Artists frequently come in early and stay late beyond set program hours.
Always open from 11:00am, closing times change based on the time of year:

May, June & September, shanties are open until at least 6:00pm.
July & August, shanties are open until at least 8:00pm.
October weekends, shanties are open until at least 4:00pm.

As of Monday, July 3, 2023, closing hours are until at least 8:00 pm

As of Monday, August 21, 2023, closing hours until at least 6:00pm