The Open Culture Winter Arts Market returns on Saturday 7 December, offering shoppers the chance to buy thousands of handmade artworks, crafts and design gifts in the lead up to Christmas. Over 200 independent artists, designers and makers will transform Liverpool Cathedral into the region’s biggest arts market displaying thousands of colourful creations alongside an artisan food fair and vintage and clothing fair.
Festive shoppers are invited to support local artists and makers and find perfect gifts for friends and family from creatives and makers from across Merseyside who will be selling a huge variety of handmade work. Just some of the thousands of items on offer include original screen prints, paintings, intricate jewellery, tableware, beauty products, woodwork, colourful decorations, accessories, textiles, photography, knitwear, hand poured candles plus food gifts, clothing and vintage at prices for all pockets.
Downstairs in the cathedral’s Concert Room, a pop-up vintage and clothing fair will offer a range of vintage clothing, jewellery, handbags, homewares and vinyl alongside work from independent clothing designers.
Along the corridor in the dedicated food fair, local artisan food producers are on hand with delicious food and drink including chocolate, liqueurs, tea, jams, cake and much more.
“The event is the biggest celebration of independent artists and makers in the region, and we are thrilled to present the work of over 200 homegrown creatives in such an iconic venue. Each year thousands of people come to purchase original works and soak up the festive atmosphere, and this year will be no different. Expect stalls from emerging artists alongside seasoned favourites, and always beautiful, affordable and high-quality creations” — Charlotte Corrie, Open Culture Director (organiser)
A closer look at just a few of the stallholders this year:
Children’s author-illustrator Maxine Lee Mackie makes zines, graphic novels, stickers, prints and other lovely things. She’s influenced by everything she sees, reads, watches, listens to…everyone and everything around her. Drawn to the more mischievous side of life, she’s worked with major clients including Disney, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster.
Crosby-based photographer Dominic Darvell is a long-time attendee of the Summer and Winter Arts Markets but this will be his first time as an exhibitor. He travels all over the UK taking stunning landscape photographs with a focus on original prints of the Sefton coastline.
Megan Bretherton, aka Bodhi Silver, is a silversmith based in Liverpool. ‘Bodhi’ means ‘to enlighten’, and Megan’s work is certainly intended to bring light to the wearer. It’s her first time at the Winter Arts Market, so be sure to pay a visit to her stall of unique, consciously crafted jewellery.
In the Food Fair, local craft distillery Turncoat make their Winter Arts Market debut. Their gin, vodka and bitters are all made in-house, by hand and in small batches using traditional processes. The perfect Christmas gift for a connoisseur! wish us luck!