I have been researching art and craft markets in Liverpool to discover which would be the best to sell my work at.  I thought it might be useful to other artists and makers if I post what I have found so far here on my blog.  If anyone has any more information to add to this list, please comment below.  Buying from local art and craft markets means buying something you often can’t find on the high street, something unique and handmade with love.  Buying handmade from markets supports local talented makers.

Art market stall with handmade work

My stall at Capstan’s Bazaar art market, September 2012

Here is a list I have put together of upcoming market dates until the end of this year:

OCTOBER

Saturday 20th October 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 21st October 12 – 5pm, Capstan’s Bazaar, LEAF, Bold Street

Saturday 27th October 11am – 4pm, Art & Craft Fairs, The Old Police Station, Lark Lane

Saturday 27th October 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 28th October 10am – 5pm, Arts and Craft Fair and Little Pumpkins Halloween Fun Day,  Isla Gladstone Conservatory, StanleyPark, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TD more info

NOVEMBER

Saturday 3rd November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 4th November 10am – 4.30pm, Memory Lane Fairs: Cathedral Craft Fair, Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Saturday 10th November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Saturday 17th November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 18th November 12 – 5pm, Capstan’s Bazaar, LEAF, Bold Street

Saturday 24th November 11am – 4pm, Art & Craft Fairs, The Old Police Station, Lark Lane

Saturday 24th November 11am – 4pm, Baltic Art & Craft Fair, Camp & Furnace, 67 Greenland Street, L1 0BY more info

Saturday 24th November 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Sunday 25th November 10am-7pm, The Great Liverpool Art Fair, The Royal Liver Building

DECEMBER

Saturday 1st December 11am – 5pm, 2D artmarkets at the Bluecoat, School Lane

Saturday 1st December 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Saturday 1st December, The Hope Street Christmas Fair, Blackburne House, Liverpool for more info call 07795 168834

Sunday 2nd December 10am – 4.30pm, Memory Lane Fairs: Cathedral Craft Fair, Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Sunday 2nd December 12 – 5pm, Capstan’s Bazaar, LEAF, Bold Street

Saturday 8th December 10am – 3pm, Arts & Craft Christmas Fayre, St.Mary’s Market more info

Saturday 8th December 11am – 4pm, Art & Craft Fairs, The Old Police Station, Lark Lane

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 10am – 5pm, Winter Wonder Fair, Blank Note designer handmade market, The Bluecoat, School Lane

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 10am – 5pm, Open Culture Presents: Winter Arts Market, St Georges Hall

Saturday 8th December 12 – 5pm, Not Just Vintage Fair, Bumper Bar, Hardman Street

Regular Art & Craft Markets Info

  • Art & Craft Fairs at The Old Police Station, Lark Lane, L17 8UU | 4th Saturday of the month (same day as the Farmers’ Markets) | Check out calidadevents.co.uk for more details
  • Open Culture Presents: Winter Arts Market, St Georges Hall, L1 1JJ | 150 artists and makers (entry £1.50, under 15’s free) more info
  • 2D artmarkets at the Bluecoat, School Lane | Quarterly |  contact bluecoat2d-artmarket@live.co.uk for more details

If you have found this list helpful please let me know by commenting below.  If you would like me to add your market to this list or any future lists that I make, just send me a message.

Having made a number of birthday cards for friends using images I had cut from posters and fashion, art and design magazines, I decided to try a larger piece to keep.  This is the result of combining some of my favourite cuttings together on recycled brown card.  I particularly like how creepy the tarsier eyes make the characters look.  I have a stash of old magazines that I could use for future collages so I may be trying this again soon.

Detail of an abstract oil painting on board from 2001

Being resourceful means that I can’t bear anything that has potential use to be thrown away.  I saved a large stack of small pre-used canvases from being thrown in the skip at a school I was working in.  The canvases were some of the student’s old work that they didn’t want to keep.  After a few coats of gesso they were ready to use for my designs, but having a previous life as a different painting resulted in the texture showing the traces of the previous work.  This underlying texture makes the faces and patterns of the new paintings look knobbly, but I don’t mind this.  I could have sanded them down, but I have left the ghosts in there.

Working with acrylics and painting across about fifteen canvases at a time, I have been playing with colour, mixing in fluorescent paints. I have a commission to create some large paintings and these small works have been a great way to get back into painting and prepare for these larger works.

In some paintings I have chosen some favourite images to work from, focusing on portraits and animals.  In other paintings I have been playing around with pattern and colour combinations.  The above image is a similar pattern to a wall mural that I did for a student union bar redesign and can be viewed here.

Big headed kitten painting initial stages

I am hiding some of my works to keep them secret and a surprise from the people who will eventually receive them as gifts. They will be revealed later on the blog.

Ring tailed lemur painting almost finished

In my favourite animal pictures the animals appear to be staring out of the image and can hold your gaze (yes you the viewer), like this ring tailed lemur.  Staring animals want to hypnotise you and beckon you into their world!

Orlando Weeks painting almost finished

These triangle pattern paintings are the result of many layers of paint. I found in the process that each time I added a new colour, it didn’t sit well with one of the colours next to it. It became a game to keep changing the colours until it worked for me.

Two finished triangle pattern paintings in acrylic

Painting around the edges

I have recently moved cities from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Liverpool.  Liverpool has a lot of art and cultural activities going on so I am excited that there is lots to explore.  I wanted to share some drawings I’ve been working on from my sketchbook.

Way back in spring this year I made a decision to make more of my long journeys on coaches and trains to visit friends and family by continuously drawing throughout the journey.

Pencil drawing of a man with feathered headdress

Pencil drawing of a man with feathered headdress

rabbit sketches

Rabbit sketches for an upcoming T-shirt design

On long coach journeys I found the time flew by and I felt like I wasn’t ready to stop drawing when I had reached my destination.

Line drawing of a tribal costume

Line drawing of a tribal costume

In the action of drawing I find my mind wonders in a way that is totally unique to the process of making art.  At the same time as I am concentrating on one drawing, I am able to unconsciously sort through ideas in an unforced way and I find it very refreshing and therapeutic.

sketches for tarsier brooch

Sketches for the tarsier brooch I made. I’m going to be working on these to create a design for T-shirts and vests.

On my train and coach journeys whilst drawing I have been able to ignore any unpleasant odours, block out other traveller’s phone conversations and shouting children and arrive feeling calm and with a sense that I have achieved something.

Pencil drawing of Mike Nelson’s face, almost finished

I created a treasury of all my favourite rain themed items being sold on Etsy.  It’s a celebration of the rain at a time when this drizzly weather that has reigned supreme over our Spring time in England.  For some people it’s a pain and I can’t deny I’m looking forward to getting some sunshine when the sun does show it’s face (someday).  However to see things positively, water brings life and we are all made of it.  Get your wellies on.

Click here to view on Etsy: It’s raining, it’s pouring

collection of rain themed giftsUpdate

My creative posts on this blog have been a little sparse this past year as I’ve been busy working on my work based learning project which is due to be handed in soon.  My project is about how a gallery can better engage blind and visually impaired visitors in its exhibitions. The research I’ve done so far has been fascinating and I’ve particularly enjoyed learning about how the brain works and different ways of visualising things.

These last two rainy months I have been allowing myself a little time in the studio to get back into painting, working in acrylics on a number of small canvases.  This time spent in the studio I have enjoyed immensely and I’m reminded how much I love painting and the meditative experience it brings.  I often paint in the evening after a day working in the gallery and since the studio is empty so late I’ve been singing out loud too.  I’ll be posting soon with some images of work in progress.  Expect bright colourful work, I have been playing with fluorescent colours.

My colour cubes T-shirts have been selling well and have become my most popular item across my internet shops and offline sales too.  The next favourite is my blue footed booby greetings cards which have been flying to new places around the world. Both of these items can be found in my online Etsy and Folksy shops.

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