Watercolour memories…

Liverpool artist Keith Francis Smith works mainly in watercolour, and has been described in Artist and Illustrators magazine as a ‘Master of Watercolour’. We concur! His paintings pack in a lot of detail, and are all architecturally correct. We love this one of our wonderful venue, St George’s Hall:

At this year’s Winter Arts Market (on Saturday only) you’ll be able to see many of his paintings of Liverpool buildings and parks, and you can be among the first to see his new work depicting the City of Chester. The paintings capture the beauty and elegance of both cities and are a real treat.

You can buy original watercolours and also limited edition prints which are always very popular and make for excellent gifts!



Variety is the spice of life!

Anna Cade 1

Anna Cade produces a wonderful variety of products, all inspired by a love of craft and contemporary illustration. 

Her work shows a keen eye for detail and ranges from handmade screenprints and paintings to children’s clothing and other textiles. We adore her paintings on wood pictured above. Beautiful!

Using illustration and print as a process of exploring colour, pattern and textures, she works with a variety of mediums such as paper, wood and fabric. All this combines to produce a very unique range of work.

These inspired creations are also either limited editions or one off runs. So get down early to this year’s Winter Arts Market to avoid missing out!


Bird House Press

Rachel Jones - Shine

Rachel Jones - "We can't all be stars"

Bird House Press is the studio of local printmaker Rachel Jones. She makes bright and whimsical hand drawn illustrations and artworks, created using traditional printmaking methods including screen-printing, letterpress and lino cutting.

She’ll be selling her work as limited edition prints, tote bags and greetings cards at the Winter Arts Market in St George’s Hall this December.

“My first print, and still my most popular to date piece, was a simple paper stencil cut out, with three plump birds. I am always trying new print methods, and enjoy finding different ways to produce my work and always strive to have new work for all the art fairs I attend”

Rachel’s a Winter Arts Market regular having taken part at the very first one back in 2009, and she loves it! Here’s what she told us:

“The Winter Arts Market is a fabulous way to show case the creative talent that is available in Merseyside / North West, and has a wide range of artist makers, which in turn means hundreds, if not thousand of handmade products, all under one (immensely impressive) roof.”

“The great thing is that the public get to chat directly to the artists/makers who have spent their time creating the work – making it a more personal experience.  I love chatting to all the different people who stop by my stall, explaining how a print was created, discussing what the idea was for a particular design, or having a natter about anything and everything!  If people are interested in trying out screen-printing – I know to point them to the Bluecoat – where they are able to try something new – without having to go miles to do it!

The whole day is a great experience, for me its also a great way to get feedback about the work I have done, find out what people are looking for, get new ideas, and meet other artists. Last year was great, this year, I have been focusing more on my screen printing – and have lots of new designs, so hopefully – it will be even better”

Check out Rachel’s website to have a peek at more of her designs, and see them in person at her Winter Arts Market stall on the Saturday 3rd  (although the event runs for the whole weekend Sat 3 & Sun 4th December) between 10am-5pm. Entry is £1.50 for 120 stalls and under 16’s enter for free.

Bird House Press Website Screenshot

Bird House Press Website Screenshot

Rachel Jones “Cat with a Moustache”

Rachel Jones “Cat with a Moustache”

Winter Arts Market – it’s tomorrow!

So then, if you didn’t already know.. let me tell you.. Our wonderful (and HUGE) celebration of Merseyside creativity happens tomorrow!

Here are the details:




Entry £1, Under 16′s Free


Public entrance is via St George’s Hall Heritage Centre (street level entrance, facing Queen Square Bus Station)

110 Artists & Makers   *   The Feel Good Fair   *   St George’s Heritage Centre

Festive Cafe beneath Organ   *   World Heritage Site

All for just £1 and Children enter FREE!

Winter Arts Market Press Photo by Mark McNulty

Winter Arts Market Press Photo by Mark McNulty. Artists left to right: Silversmith & Jeweller Lisa Waldman, Textile Artist Charmione Lloyd, Painter Stephen Collett & Photographer Eli Pascall-Willis



A huge festive shopping extravaganza where you can find the most distinctive gifts in the glorious surroundings of historic St George’s Hall. Whether you’re looking for an artwork to adorn your living room wall or the perfect gift for a friend, the Winter Arts Market presents the work of over 110 highly skilled and imaginative artists and crafts people to choose from.

It’s a rare chance to truly ‘shop local’ and support the work of local artists!

Find thousands of unique items including: jewellery, paintings, homewares, sculpture, textiles, beauty products, ceramics, prints, photography, clothing, vintage items and much more.

Artworks pictured left to right: Gypsophila Clothing, Plush item by Lucy Hopping, Photograph (detail) by Roderic Barrar, Jewellery by Helen Palmer & Stained Glass Panel (detail) by Colette Galvin.


This year’s event also features a special Feel Good Fair where local health and wellbeing organisations present a range of inspiring ways to beat those winter blues!

The Feel Good Fair invites you to connect with local creative projects and events, spark your curiosity, be inspired to do something new, rediscover a forgotten talent or simply pamper yourself.


• Liverpool Magic Circle amaze you with their close up magic tricks

• Sample festive treats from the Bluecoat

• Have a go at Singing your Socks Off

• Find out what’s happening at National Museums Liverpool and how to get involved

• Pamper yourself with an instant manicure from Pro-Health

• Discover the wonders of aloe vera and try a free massage

• Plus – children’s facepainting, health awareness from Liverpool Primary Care Trust, community arts with Pride in Liverpool and much more!


See you tomorrow!

Open Culture x



Stunning Landscapes

This blog gives you a little glimpse of some of the wonderful exhibitors at the forthcoming Winter Arts Market this Saturday 27th November at  St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

Today’s featured artist is Roderic Barrar who will be showing a stunning selection of landscape photography including local views of Liverpool and the Dee Estuary, North Wales and Scotland. Some prints will be available in panoramic format and large sizes will be available.

He produces all the work himself on a large format giclee printer.

His work speaks for itself, so have a gander…


Dee Estuary by Roderic Barrar

Dee Estuary by Roderic Barrar

Red Rocks & Hilbre Island

Red Rocks & Hilbre Island

Llanddwyn Island by Roderic Barrar

Llanddwyn Island by Roderic Barrar

Enjoy more of his work at www.k2gallery.com

No Compromise

No Compromise Publishing are Zines, Prints and Books all produced and handmade by Liverpool based artist Matthew Lloyd. Have a look – they are very nice indeed.

Sons of the Sun Fold Out Pyramid by Matthew Lloyd

Sons of the Sun Fold Out Pyramid by Matthew Lloyd



Close up

Close up


Here’s a nice snippet of his artist statement: “My influences come from everything I have heard, seen and experienced. When picking a subject to draw/paint about I take a different approach. I pick a philosophy, a theory, a thought, a dream etc…I question it, dissect it, and attach it back together, then show it in the simplest way I can”

Matthew is one of the artists at Red Wire Studios (at Carlisle Building, 69 Victoria Street, Liverpool), you can learn more at:  www.redwireredwire.com


See more of his work at his blog: http://www.nocompromisepublishing.blogspot.com/


8 New A1 size signed Prints by Matthew Lloyd

8 New A1 size signed Prints by Matthew Lloyd


Making an Impression

Tall Ships painting by Stephen Collett

Tall Ships painting by Stephen Collett

Stephen Collett of Bootle, Liverpool has exhibited his impressionistic paintings across the globe. Having painted from the age of 5 it was clear he was destined for a career in the arts!

His work is mainly influenced by the French impressionists, finding Cezanne’s techniques and practises most fascinating, being centuries before his time. Whistler, Rothko, Van Gogh and Da Vinci also inspire him.

From 5th Avenue by Stephen Collett

From 5th Avenue by Stephen Collett

He says ‘My work is typically oil on canvas and I am currently inspired by cityscapes. I pride myself on painting light rather than form and as a consequence my work has taken on a very impressionistic form which is very effective when scaled down or viewed at a short distance. ‘

He has worked on projects with many business and charities such as the TUC, NSPCC and the NHS. Collett has also worked with the Walker Art gallery hosting Master classes in conjunction with the John Moore’s painting competition.
As well as several public art projects and artist in residence schemes, Stephen Collett has recently had solo shows in Liverpool, London, Berlin and New York, and is currently planning for future shows touring globally.
See his portfolio at www.stephencollett.com
Bruges Giclee Print by Stephen Collett

Bruges Giclee Print by Stephen Collett