The largest arts and crafts market in Merseyside returns on the first weekend in December, offering shoppers the chance to buy handmade artwork and gifts in the lead up to Christmas.
Over 150 artists and makers will transform St George’s Hall into a vibrant arts village for the event, displaying thousands of colourful creations on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December.
A wide variety of handmade work will be available including intricate jewellery, original screenprints, paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories, textiles, photography, knitwear and more.
Featured Artists & Makers include:
Rosy Hammersley creates unusual folded book sculptures and handmade stationary from old maps and sheet music. She loves to recycle old and vintage objects and create something new.
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.
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.
Peter Hamilton makes picture frames that are hand crafted from oak and ash, hand finished using a variety of stains and finishes. His ‘Memory Box’ frames offer the perfect place to show off cherished objects, photographs and keepsakes.
Liverpool Community Interest Company Open Culture have organised the event annually since 2009, aiming to provide the public a chance to access affordable handmade work directly from artists and craftspeople.
Cllr Wendy Simon Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism said ” I’m delighted to see this event return for 2012. The Winter Arts Market has become a staple event in our year-round programme. It’s a wonderful way for more people to enjoy St George’s Hall and do their Christmas shopping in such a festive and historic setting.”
Charlotte Corrie, Open Culture Director said “We love seeing this Grade I listed heritage site bustling with creativity and cheer. Why not support your local artists and makers and buy handmade this Christmas? It’s affordable, more eco friendly and you’ll have truly unique items that you won’t find on the high street!”
Shoppers can also relax and enjoy some food and drink from the Can Cook CafÃ© setup in the Great Hall offering a scrumptiously seasonal menu including mince pies and mulled wine.
Free craft activities for children will also be available on a first come first served basis.
Children under 16 years enter for FREE
A preview of some of the exhibitors feature on the blog at www.winterartsmarket.com
Winter Arts Market
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Entrance via Heritage Centre opposite Queen Square Bus Station
St Johns Lane, L1 1JJ
Sat 8 & Sun 9 December 2012
Children under 16 Free