Winter Marvels

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 11.10.28It’s this weekend! We’ll be posting a new artist everyday this week in the lead up to the Winter Arts Market so we are glad to start the week of with the  rather excellent Liverpool artist Michael Snowdon.

Michael’s work is a combination of graphic design and illustration, translated into screen printing and other craft based work. He has also produced album artwork for several notable Liverpool bands, including The Coral.

Michael Snowdon 1 From traditional illustration to pop culture doodles, Michael’s work is of a high quality with fine attention to detail and humour! Truly eye-catching and ideal for Christmas 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!

Jigger And Jolly and a whole lotta Holly…

Christopher Turell-Watts (aka Jigger and Jolly) is a local artist who makes one off and small run batch ceramic sculptures, musical clouds and intricate lace inspired terracotta tea light holders.

We love these little guys:

Alongside these creations he is launching “Willow Pattern City” – a new series of plates and mugs with Liverpool buildings and landmarks in place of the traditional Willow Pattern you see on china.

You can see what other creations he’s cooking up on his blog at and don’t forget you can see his work in person on both days of the Winter Arts Market this year which is at Liverpool St George’s Hall (opposite Lime Street train station) on Sat 8 and Sun 9th December.

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

Thanks for being part of the Winter Arts Market

We’ve posted lot’s of great photographs from the Winter Arts Market! Can you spot yourself? Click here to watch the Flickr Slideshow

Big thanks go to everybody who made beautiful things, sold beautiful things, smiled, sang, dressed up, ate, shopped, drank and laughed at the event this year.

Hopefully, we’ll see you all again soon.

Christina and Charlotte