See you next time!

Phew! What a weekend!

We thought you might like to see some snaps from the Winter Arts Market – there are lots more to follow, but in the meantime we’d just like to say a big thank you to:

– the very talented artists, designers and makers who exhibited and sold their work

– the thousands of people that came along to enjoy and support creatives from across the region.

– the brilliant people behind the scenes who make St George’s Hall a truly magnificent venue

– the impressive mix of performing artists who moved and delighted audiences in the Crown Court Room programmed by the marvelous Mellowtone

– KECS Creative for the children’s magical antler workshop

– the roaming historical characters of Lormac Productions

– our tremendous helper Anna Cahill!

–  and all of our very supportive colleagues, friends and families.

Join us next year for the Winter Arts Market – 7 & 8 December 2013.







I’m in a wide Open Space…

As far as we know she isn’t a fan of Mansun, but irregardless, we love the photography of Wirralite Marianthi Lainas (aka Open Space Images) so we’re really pleased to have her selling work on the Saturday 8th of the Winter Arts Market (but it’s on all weekend) this December in Liverpool. Hurrah!

Her portfolio of work includes some unique images of the iconic Liverpool waterfront and maritime events as well as popular views of the Sefton coastline and the Wirral peninsula. She uses digital camera equipment with a variety of lenses and photographic filters.

Here’s what she told us

“Although I like to make images of whatever catches my eye and enjoy the challenge of new and varied subjects, as time goes on, I find that most of my time is spent out in the landscape”

“Seascapes are my particular love and form the subject of most of my photographic images. The stunning views around the North West coast, with its fantastic skies and ever-changing light provide a constant source of inspiration for me.”

You’ll have seen her beautifully captured images published in travel guides and magazines, and now you can find them as limited edition prints, cards and notelet packs too.

Perfect presents in our opinion, if you can bear to part with them!

Find more of her gorgeous work in person at the Winter Arts Market or online at Open Space Images

It’s nearly upon us!

Winter Arts Market
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 2012
10am – 5pm
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Entry £1.50 Under 16s FREE

120 Arts & Crafts Stalls
Each day sees 120 stalls with artists and makers selling paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, textiles, knit wear, clothing, cards, ceramics, jewellery, glass, beauty products, accessories and much more at prices for all pockets.

Check out some of our featured stallholders on the blog:

After your festive shopping relax and refuel at the café where you’ll find scrumptiously seasonal food and drink.

More news coming soon…

You can see pictures from last year‘s event on our Flickr page and why not follow the blog too!

St George’s Place, Liverpool, L1 1JJ
(Opposite Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station and adjacent to Queen Square Bus Station in Liverpool City Centre)

Winter Arts Market 2012 – Call for Artists, Designers & Makers


8 & 9 December 2012
10am – 5pm
St George’s Hall

Entry £1.50 / Under 16’s Free


The Winter Arts Market has become a staple event in the Merseyside arts calendar, and 2012 sees the fourth installment 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, designers and makers.

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.

The Winter Arts Market in 2011 saw over 6,000 shoppers enjoying the grade I listed St George’s Hall transformed into a veritable treasure trove of locally made gifts and artworks from over 120 stallholders.


Artists, Designers & Makers working in any medium are invited to apply for stalls. We are seeking a broad mix of interesting, original and high quality work to be made for sale.

Applicants based in the North West will be prioritised, however Open Culture reserves the right to take a final view across all applicants to select those that meet our objectives for a broad mix of original and high quality work.

Deadline for applications midnight 10 September 2012

To apply, please download the full information as a PDF or Microsoft Word file below.

Winter Arts Market 2012 Stallholder Information – PDF

Winter Arts Market 2012 Stallholder Information – Word

See photographs from last year’s event on our Flickr page

Winter Arts Marker 2011 Flyer

Winter Arts Market 2011 Flyer

Hurrah! It’s that time of year again!

The Winter Arts Market is back and bigger than ever with an EXTRA WHOLE DAY! So it’s a whole weekend of crafty lovely handmade goodness…

If you’ve not been before, it’s a huge festive celebration of arts and crafts where you can discover work from over 120 artists, designers and makers. Taking place in the lead up to Christmas you’ll find perfect presents at prices for all pockets including: paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, textiles, knit wear, clothing, cards, ceramics, jewellery, glass, beauty products, accessories and much more.

A new café will be setup beneath the beautiful antique organ serving a range of food and drink throughout the day, and a programme of free performances will take place in the historic Crown Court. There is also another little historical surprise we’re not telling you about yet too…

Here’s the info you need..

Winter Arts Market
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
10am – 5pm
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th December 2011
Entry £1.50 – Under 16’s Free

Invite your Facebook friends here:

Interested in applying for a stall?

Download the Stallholder Information Pack

Word Stallholder Info Pack (doc)

PDF Stallholder Info Pack (pdf)