On the twelfth day of Christmas…my true love gave to me…12 works from my favourite local artists!
Forget the bath salts and handkerchiefs! This year, I’m wishing for beautiful and original art as a Christmas gift
Personal and original art is such a lovely thing and this year I’m looking at some of the great artists and artisans I know for some inspiring gifts for Christmas. Here’s my 12 days of Christmas wish list.
The very lovely Carol Ramsay from Arena Studios has set up her own design company. Selling beautiful hand-crafted artisan jewellery and accessories made using vintage maps, books and music scores, this is top of my list for something gorgeous.
Check out Jackdaw & Jay’s Facebook page for pictures and details of workshops to make your own Christmas decorations.
Original art fromThe Art Gallery, Bootle
Alice Rhenna’s community-based gallery has gone from strength to strength since it opened earlier this year and now you can buy many of the original works of art that have been exhibited there. Even better, if you can’t afford the prices straight off, Alice is offering a pay monthly scheme.
There’s also beautiful handmade gifts for saleand a selection of prints for sale that have recently come in by local and national artists. Works are for sale by Bernie Howden, Chrissie Howden, George Lund, Peter, Barker, Ross, Gibson, Phil Garrett.
Katie Greer is selling beautiful presents for Christmas. Her cinammon decorated candles are a must for a wonderful Christmassy smell. Yum!
Check out Katie’s shop at Etsy
Louise makes personalised cards for any occasion, with a donation from each going to a charity very close to my heart, SANDS – the Stillbirth and Neo-natal Death carity. She also makes lovely framed pictures with words of your choice.
Check out Louise’s Facebook page for more
Val at Cloverbrooks has some fab retro style crochet bags; ideal for storage, as well as pot holder, fruit bowls and cutesy owl doorstops.
Check out Cloverbrooks on Etsy
Whoever said ‘money can’t buy me love’ never met Jay from LoveartUk. Jay produces original, thought provoking art on the theme of love. Every piece is personal and unique and you can snap one up from as little as £30.
Contact Jay through the LoveartUK Facebook page
Michael is one of the most exciting photographers in Liverpool. His works are done in an über-realistic style and include the gorgeous ‘Queen’, which you could stare at for hours on end.
Check out Michael’s work at Michael Kirkham Potography’s Facebook page
Multi-disciplnary artist Jazamin’s stream-of-consciousness paintings are witty and vital. As well as producing some of the best art at this year’s Threshold Festival, Jazamin has had a solo exhibition “I’ve been using art as therapy all my life, honey” at the dot-art gallery off Castle Street and now you can buy her original work.
You can see more of Jazamin’s work and contact her through her website jazamin.co.uk
Nikki Simpkin’s Project Art has taken off into the stratosphere in 2013. So much so, I may be too late for Christmas. Oops! But there’s always my birthday next year. Nikki specialises in iconic art from famous films (I already have her ‘Audrey’) and she’ll also make a picture personal to you – your kids, your family, your crush, even!
If you order now Nikki will donate £10 from every sale to the Supporting Daniel charity.
Get in touch with Nikki on the Project Art Facebook page
Update! Nikki tells me it’s not too late and she’s taking orders up to 8th December
The Ragamuffins are the most exciting local band we’ve seen all year. Smashing it at Threshold 2013 and doing it big with wit, verve and a banging brass section, you can buy the band’s EP through their website theragamuffins.bandcamp.com
This year’s Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary Millar, may be just about the busiest man in the whole city, but he’s still found time to produce his second charity CD of the year with the proceeds set to go to some way to tackle homelessness. A great cause and the CD features some fantastic local talent – including Gary himself!
You can buy Voices of Angels at Parr Street Studios. Check out Gary’s Twitter for details @garymillar
Liverpool’s winter-wonderland-tastic Winter Arts Market returns to St George’s Hall for its fift year on 7th and 8th December. Featuring a bewildering array of local artists, the Winter Arts Market offers the chance to buy original and unusual art as well as workshops where you can make your very own work of art!
Not to be missed! Check out the Winter Arts Market Facebook page for details
Conference content a brilliant reflection of Liverpool
If you were to play a word association game with someone about what words sum up our great city, you could safely bet that MUSIC – FOOTBALL – STYLE would feature heavily.
The lovely people at Sound City 2014 have taken these things we’re so well known for as the themes for next year’s conference. As well as the usual top class music conference, next year the team has decided to look further into style and football to see what the music industry can learn from these areas and discuss the business behind them.
- Exclusive access to all Live music at Liverpool Sound City
- Access to the Liverpool Sound City conference
- Access to all parties and networking events
- Access to free bar events
- Late night private bar
The UK’s Premier Urban Music Festival Opens For 2014 Band Applications
Can you believe that Sound City is a big seven years old next year? Neither can we! And it’s promising to be the biggest year yet.
Sound City’s Alex Simmonds told us
“We’re extremely excited to be planning for Liverpool Sound City 2014 and we’re definitely expecting big things. Last year, there was fantastic response to our open band application process and we’re sure it will be even better this year. We’re looking for a very high level of talent and performance ability, we want something groundbreaking – basically, bands who could be the next big thing.”
In preparation for next year, 2014 applications are now live, in association with Dawsons Music. So if you’re an artist or musician and you’d like to be part of Liverpool Sound City get over to liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk and click on the Apply to Play button for full details on how to apply.
To give you an idea of what to expect, this year’s festival saw 41,500 music fans flock to venues all over the city to watch over 360 artists in just three days, whilst 3,500 delegates attended its leading music, media and technology conference. For 2014, the seventh edition of Liverpool Sound City – taking place from 1 to 3 May – is set to be bigger, better and even more unmissable.
Sound City uniquely combines an internationally renowned music festival, which celebrates new talent alongside the biggest names in the British music scene, with the UK’s leading industry conference – all in the world’s most legendary music city. In 2013, the eclectic line-up included the likes of Noah and the Whale, Alunageorge, The Walkmen, Enter Shikari and hundreds more, whilst the conference hosted key speakers like Dan Smith from Bastille, Michael Murphy from The Wombats, manager of the Rolling Stones Andrew Loog Oldham and Simon Moran, founder and CEO of SJM Concerts.
Let’s start getting excited right now!