Handmade Christmas comes to Liverpool with the largest arts and crafts market in Merseyside landing in one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world, St George’s Hall.
On Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December, festive shoppers can choose from thousands of handmade artwork and gifts ready for Christmas, whilst enjoying the breathtaking surroundings of the Grade I listed heritage site.
Over 150 artists, designers and makers will be offering an alternative to the high street, with a wide variety of creations available including intricate jewellery, original screen prints, paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories, textiles, photography, knitwear and more.
Not only is this a unique shopping experience there will be a range of special events for visitors to choose from:
• Free Children’s Christmas Workshop – Two crafty elves courtesy of KECS Creative are on a recruitment drive, they can’t find Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer anywhere. They need help from little deers to create their own magical antlers so they can help Father Christmas get his sleigh off the ground!
• Crown Court Concerts – Throughout the weekend there’s a special programme of musical performances in the stunning Crown Courtroom. Mellowtone who spread good times through live acoustic music have brought together a veritable feast of performances from the likes of Garfangle & The Goods who’ll be launching their feel good festive anthem, Natalie McCool with her dynamic vocals, the Rare Choir with impressive young performers, the favourite top tapping Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra, the Mellowtone DJ’s and much more.
• Can Cook CafÃ© – Shoppers can relax and enjoy food and drink from the pop up Can Cook CafÃ© which will be offering their tasty winter warmers menu including some scrumptiously seasonal mulled wine and minced pies!
Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director said “We just love seeing St George’s Hall bustling with creativity and cheer when it becomes a vibrant arts village for the whole weekend. And what’s more the array of handmade items on offer are affordable, and you’ll find gifts that are truly unique!”
Keith Francis Smith has been dubbed by the press a ‘Master of Watercolour’. His paintings often feature Liverpool buildings and parks, which are finely detailed. He will be selling original paintings and limited edition prints.
Chris Turrell-Watts (aka Jigger and Jolly) is a local artist who makes one off and small run batch ceramic sculptures, musical clouds and intricate lace inspired terracotta tea light holders. He uses clay in unexpected ways creating unusual objects that are humorous and desirable.
Lisa Robson makes handcrafted and printed work featuring iconic imagery and imaginative illustrations using ink, embroidery and appliquÃ©. She will be selling her prints, cards and bold textile creations including bags and Christmas decorations.
Sarah Gallagher Hayes creates hand made unique willow sculptures. Different colours of willow is woven, creating everything from people to willow stars and hearts to stags, dogs and cats to living willow forms that are functional as seating areas and archways.
Karen Edwards (aka KECS Creative) is a designer and illustrator who practice involves printmaking, collage, handmade papers and books. She’ll have a stall at the Winter Arts Market but will also be working along Caroline Scott delivering the Children’s Christmas Workshops.
See previews of some more of the exhibitors on www.winterartsmarket
The Winter Arts Market
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Sat 8 & Sun 9 December 2012
Children under 16 Free