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
If there was ever somebody that caught my attention so quickly in life by what they had done, it was Clare Brumby from Halewood.
Clare ticks all the right boxes in my life, as somebody who chases a dream and gets what she wants.
She has just returned from a months long stay in Barcelona, Catalonia Spain, to learn flamenco and pay tribute to Spain’s greatest flamenco performer, Carmen Amaya.
Clare was taught by professional flamenco dancer and teacher, Toni Moniz and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Moniz, who runs Escuela de Baile Flamenco Jose de la Vega, Barcelona, created choreography for Clare based on an old Carmen routine performed by the dancer in one of her many film appearances.
Clare told me that the training process was very hard work, but it was an amazing experience and she feels so grateful to have the opportunity to learn more about flamenco culture and find out about what made Amaya unique.
Amaya started dancing before her teenage years up until the early 1960′s and stood out because she was so strong.
Clare says” Her footwork was so fast that even male flamenco dancers couldn’t match her, but what I discovered through learning similar dance steps, was that while she challenged gender roles within flamenco, her performances were also about confidence and having great strength in her femininity.”
This year marks the Centennial of Carmen Amaya’s birth, and the works created by Clare, during her numerous workshops will be shown, in a celebration event, using the amazing floor-space of the Academy, Halewood on Tuesday 19th November, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Carmen Amaya’s birth.
Halewood Academy 15.30-17.15pm
The Avenue Halewood L26 1UU
Checkout Clare’s full project and be amazed…….
This evening (Saturday 26th October) sees the 9th Annual Event of the Merseyside Black Achievers Awards Ceremony, being staged at one of our many historical gems here in Liverpool, St George’s Hall. The name George seems to have become very popular this year, with the birth and recent christening of the heir to the throne, the young Prince George.
This prestigious occasion, recognises and celebrates our very dynamic and culturally diverse communities throughout the Merseyside Region. Those gifted and dedicated individuals, who have contributed and achieved excellence in their respective area of interest, are drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
We all know the difficulties of the funding cutbacks throughout this City , but this yearly event is made possible through partnership working, and dogged determination that embraces all that is positive within our communities, whilst adopting that CAN DO attitude. This ensures that ordinary folks who just keep, keeping on, are duly applauded for their contributions at grass-roots level.
The weather forecast may have you running for cover this weekend, however I have it on good authority, upon entering the majestic Grade II listed building of St Georges Hall, a very warm Liverpudlian reception awaits it guests. No doubting they will be decked out in all their finery….so what are you waiting for?
Tickets are still available on-line, also listen out for further announcements by Garth Dallas of Diversity Magazine, on our local radio station at BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM.
For further information go to the web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013 – ST GEORGE’S HALL, LIVERPOOL