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
Hot of the success of the brilliant Winter and Summer Arts Markets at St George’s Hall, the lovely folk over at Open Culture are introducing a new VINTAGE FAIR in the beautiful Grade I listed Concert Room as part of this year’s Winter Arts Festival.
The times and dates for the Arts Market are: –
10am – 5pm
7 & 8 December 2013
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
The Winter Arts Market has become a staple event in the Merseyside arts calendar, and 2013 sees the fifth anniversary of this special event. As a festive celebration of arts and crafts, the event is a creative showcase of the region’s most imaginative and skilled artists and designer-makers.
The 2012 event saw over 6,500 shoppers enjoying the grade I listed St George’s Hall transformed into a veritable treasure trove of locally made gifts and artworks from 167 stallholders.
Taking place in the lead up to Christmas it presents artists, designers and makers with a fantastic opportunity to exhibit, promote, network and sell creations and services directly to the public.
Artists, Designers & Makers working in any medium are invited to apply for stalls. The organisers are seeking a broad mix of interesting, original and high quality work to be made for sale.
If you’re interested in selling your lovely vintage wares in one of the most beautiful rooms in the whole city, contact Charlotte or Christina from Open Culture on 0151 478 4928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know about you but I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas shopping. Not because of the hustling in and out of shops and the famous reenactment of ‘ Beyond Tethers End ‘ by the all star parent players but more for my lack of inspiration when it comes to finding that present for “that person.”
Like the Old lady who when laden with enough shopping to make her knuckles white declares ” I only went for a few bits” well that was me at 5 oclock today leaving St Georges Hall only a few quid lighter but far more relieved knowing that what was in my bag would surprise and delight my unsuspecting giftees.
Like the poster says 120 or more artists & makers plyed their trade and I have to say that what was on display was beyond what I expected. The quality and originality of the merchandise at times took my breath away . I really was spoilt for choice and so surprised that these small outfits were selling their wares at such low prices. Stall after stall offered an original variation on similar themes whether it was handmade cards , Iconic posters, hats , bags or Jumpers.There was even a stall selling shaving materials for the conscientiously hirsute man. I was very tempted but opted to keep hold of my unkempt chin warmth as it’s my only comfort in this current climate.There were also several performances by acoustic acts in the old courtroom and I was lucky enough to catch Garfangle and the Goods for their Christmas themed set.I also treated myself to a sublime chocolate cake that nearly put me in a coma.
As a lazy shopper who would usually think it adequate to just pop money in a card I left the market with a renewed enthusiasm for the forthcoming Yuletide celebrations And although I originally only went for a few bits it really didn’t break the bank.