The wonderful Winter Arts Market comes to St George’s Hall this weekend
Over 200 contemporary artists, designers & makers selling work at Grade I Listed venue St George’s Hall on 5 & 6 December 2015
The Winter Arts Market, Merseyside’s largest arts and design market, returns to St George’s Hall on 5 & 6 December 2015. Open from 10am – 5pm on both days, it’s the best independent shopping experience in the city and the perfect place to pick up beautiful, unique Christmas gifts.
The stunning Grade I-listed St George’s Hall will be transformed into a bustling festive market with work from more than 200 of the North West’s best artists, designers and makers. There’ll be thousands upon thousands of items for sale, with everything from paintings, screenprints and handmade jewellery and accessories to beauty products, upcycled items, Christmas decorations, cards, photography and textiles. There will also be a vintage fair upstairs in the Concert Room.
Shoppers will also be able to enjoy a range of other activities, including workshops, performances and live music to be announced in November. Delicious homemade food and drink will be available from Cuthberts Café at the North Entrance.
The Winter Arts Market is organised by Liverpool social enterprise Open Culture, who have been partnering with St George’s Hall to stage the event annually since 2009. The market aims to provide the public with a chance to purchase affordable, unique work directly from artists and makers; helping to support independent businesses in the local creative economy.
Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director said ‘We’ve been astounded by the record number of applications we’ve had from brilliant designers and makers who want to be part of the Winter Arts Market and we can’t wait to share their work with the public. The selection process has been really tough, but we’re really excited to present work by some wonderful new artists alongside favourites from past events. Our audiences really appreciate handmade work that is affordable and we’re looking forward to inviting them back to what will be an amazing shopping experience.’
Lucy Cutler is a freehand wirework artist whose work is largely inspired by natural forms, with every piece completely unique. She creates pieces on various scales and in different gauges and colours of wire.
Chris Turrell-Watts makes a series of ceramic animal sculptures based on Japanese anime, mythology and memories of childrens’ TV programmes. Each one is unique and hand made.
Jessica Collinge’s cute, kitsch and nostalgic designs bring a sparkle to even the gloomiest of days. Laser cut acrylic and plywood jewellery is handmade and embellished here in Liverpool, with all materials sourced from UK suppliers.
Ticket Illustration is a local print and illustration duo with an interest in 1960s psychedelic poster art. Influenced by artists such as Stanley Mouse and Victor Moscoso, they take inspiration from bands, movies and quotes and blend them into vibrant psychedelic designs.
Katie Craven’s intricate pen and ink illustrations feature wonderful adventures inspired by nature, animals and dreams. Her work has been featured in publications such as OPEN Magazine, The Skinny and The Double Negative.
For more details and a preview of some of the exhibitors visit www.liverpoolartsmarket.com
Winter Arts Market
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Entrance via North Entrance or Heritage Centre opposite Queen Square Bus Station
Sat 5 and Sun 6 December 2015
Under 16s Free
Something special has come to Liverpool this weekend. The first gathering of Liverpool artists of its type in this haunting old building, the exhibition includes artwork, sculptures, photography and even performance art. Every kind of artist is represented here in this great community-based event, from established artists to emerging ones and even local students. Newsham Park Hospital itself is an inspired setting for an exhibition and it’s wasted old halls and wards (some filled with ominous looking equipment) provides an extraordinary backdrop for the work on display.
I caught up with artist and organiser Anna di Scala on the opening day and asked her how the whole thing came about. She told me how she and friend Angie had used Facebook to get things organised. Anna told me, “We wanted to organise an event for the whole of Liverpool. We noticed that galleries were taking artists from other parts of the country and pushing Liverpool artists out, so I did as much as I could to get Liverpool artists on board – and children, of course.”
About the building, Anna said that it was pretty straightforward after Angie asked the owner. Unbelievably, the whole event was put together in just six weeks. “The building itself is something to see before the artwork, so everything you see is a piece of art in itself. Every artist who’s set foot through the doors has been inspired and there’s new art being created on the back of it” Anna would love to run further events and would love to bring in some of her artist friends from Italy and Spain. She told me, “I hope this is just the beginning of a big art venue.”
I was thrilled to see a wide demographic of people all dressed up in their winter woollies who’d come to see the event and this was reflected in the artists whose work was on display, from children to pensioners. I talked to a couple of the artists who had work on display. Mark Sheeky, whose Dali-esque work sits next to Anna’s in the main hall was enthusiastic about bringing art to the community and would love to see more of it. Mark told me, “Considering it’s over 60 artists in quite a short amount of time, it’s quite an achievement.” And I couldn’t agree more.
I also spoke to Hope University student Andrew Trimble who is exhibiting for the first time. Andrew’s work is nestled into an old hospital ward cubicle and he said the space had inspired his choice of work to display.
I was so excited about the exhibition that I even bought my own piece from one of my favourite street artists Love ArtUK.
The exhibit ends today, Sunday 9th November, so get down there if you can. If you can’t, then lets hope the next exhibition in the amazing space is with us really soon.
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If at the beginning of my role as one of Liverpool’s Cultural Champions I would have become pregnant then right about now I’d more than likely be crying ” Get it out! Get it out! Why hasn’t the epidural worked? and other such favoured and deserved lines of the expectant mother. In an obviously far less traumatic way this has kind of occurred. No banana flavour pizza cravings or swollen feet (well maybe the odd blister) but a healthy gestation period of three trimesters each one enabling the next to build and thrive eventually giving birth to a wailing newborn. This newborn would be ME
After reading a very recent blog from my fellow Champion Andrea I felt inspired nay compulsed to endorse her statement about changing your relationship with the City. For what us Cultural Champions would hope to achieve I don’t think it could have been put better and it’s in changing my relationship with this City that I have become the aforementioned newborn. I’m not about to advertise events that are upcoming or places to go or things to see (although I do promise handy links to appear at the end). Rather I would advertise a change of habit. Over these nine months my habits changed dramatically from a bloke who sought comfort usually from laying horizontally on his couch in an effort to decompress and slumber away the weekly toil to someone on the lookout for an inexpensive and fulfilling new event and in truth it was instantaneous.
Apart from giving you the old platitude of ‘ keep an open mind’ If I had to give any practical advice it would simply be to ditch the T.V. guide for a Whats on Guide and take your pick. Dare yourself to go. I guarantee they’ll be expecting you. We don’t have a Biennial in Liverpool just so the Art Students have something every two years to muse over. It was for YOU. Yes YOU. An Open Mic night at that Cool Bistro isn’t just for the Musos to check out the competition. It’s for YOU. The free Origami workshop at the local Library is there for YOU. Honestly I swear.
Even as a Cultural Champion I held certain reservations about my entitlement to appear at a new event on the grounds that I had no background in whatever was launched. I quickly got on to the fact that there is nothing expected of me but to be there . This applies to all. Armed with this reassurance I didn’t just dip my toes but plunged Tom Daley style into what the Pool provided ( Hows about that for a play on words eh!). Each event seemed to be a stepping stone to another event I’d have never known of had I not turned up to the former and so on and so forth. New friendships forged, new talent witnessed, unexpected surprises and a busy diary were all a consequence of this change of habit. This new relationship with Liverpool. This New birth. This Year of the Butterfly effect.
For those about to dip their toes we salute you: culture.org.uk/