Christmas Markets and Fairs in the North West


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Here is a taster of some of the events happening this year to get you feeling festive with highlights of some of my favourite artists and designers.

Mollie Brown has a stall at the Manchester Christmas Market which runs until the 22nd of December. You can find her near the town hall

Stylish handmade clothes made with and inspired by vintage materials. All designs are beautifully crafted and demonstrate an innovative and exciting appreciation of contrasting textures, colours, fabrics and patterns.

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Lucy E Wilson  a talented illustrator can be found at The Chapel Gallery Christmas Market in Ormskirk  Exquisite drawings and paintings of wildlife are lovingly depicted and show a wonderful application of paint and pen.

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You have another chance to buy Lucy’s work next weekend at The Winters Art Market, St Georges Hall Liverpool  Also showing here is the wonderful Marie Canning Ceramics who creates stunning ceramic sculptures and jewellery.  Delicately formed these precious objects are truly delightful. Showing an admirable sensitivity to shape and form and a strong skill base which results in an exciting approach to ceramic design.

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Also at St Georges Hall are the fine artists Anna Ketskemety and Vicki Le Bon. Working with concepts that relate directly to their profession practise, both artists have created fantastic unique art work.

Ketskemety creates intriguing drawings and paintings with a rich colour palette demonstrating a highly accomplished creative process and development. Le Bon works with drawn repeated patterns which evolve into compelling abstract images. These intuitive drawings are delivered in exciting formats including inside magnetic circular tins.

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At St Georges Hall you will also find charm and character in abundance in the work of Freida Mckitrick. Beautiful and quirky festive images of Liverpool are celebrated in Freida’s work and produced on cards, baubles and as framed prints.

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If you find yourself in Chester on Sunday 8th December pop into the Double Tree Hilton for the Contemporary Art and Craft Fair where you will find the wonderful work of Verity Pulford Glass and Ceramics.

A beautiful play of shadow and light, fused glass is layered in a technique that heightens your awareness to the rich sensitivity of colour and form that Pulford effortlessly portrays.

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Finally, before all that on Friday 6th December The Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead is hosting Glorious where you can find the unique handmade work of Jackdaw and Jay.

Beautiful shapes with an emphasis towards nature are adorned with  visual references including maps of the locality. The clever use of delicate images with the strong shape designs makes these stunning jewellery pieces real show stoppers.

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Pre-Paid 2013 The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University

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Exhibition open: Friday 15th November – Wednesday 11th December 2013

Auction: Wednesday 11th December 2013,  5.00pm onwards.  Auctions starts 6.30pm  

I am thrilled to have a postcard accepted for the 2013 Charity Exhibition and Blind Auction.

Pre-Paid is The Cornerstone Gallery’s bi-annual Charity Postcard Exhibition and Blind Auction that raises funds for The Artists’ Benevolent Institution (AGBI) and Global Hope. There have been three very successful events to date with the last raising over £3,000.00.

A visit to the Private Viewing on Thursday 11th November revealed a magnitude of wonderful artwork spanning a wide variety of mediums. The exhibition showcases creative talent within the limitation of the postcard sized ground and highlights the generosity of artists to donate some much time and energy to such a good cause.

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Whilst a list of all contributors is included within the exhibition, the names are not matched to the individual postcards hence the ‘blind’ in ‘blind auction’ and the investigative challenge to all. Once all postcards have been successfully auctioned the names are then matched to the postcards and posted on the Gallery website for all to see.

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It was great fun trying to match the artist name to the artwork, some artists had produced work very indicative of their style and the concerns within their practise, so these were easy to match up but others have taken the opportunity to explore new areas which left me guessing. And of course there are some well known names exhibited which may or may not be easy to guess…

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To see the detailed images of all artwork exhibited and for details on how to bid online please visit:

Come along on Wednesday 11th December when the Gallery opens with refreshments at 5.00pm. The blind auction, hosted by Paul O’Keeffe and starting at 6.30pm will provide the opportunity for all to bid for those works they are interested in. Silent bids may be placed via e-mail up until 4pm on the evening of 11th.

Life Drawing Classes, The Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk

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This evening was Novembers Life Drawing Class at The Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk. I started by getting the class to draw ten one minute sketches with Chris, the model, looking at expansive standing postures and engaging in a fluidity of movement between each pose.  This was a challenging and stimulating  start, encouraging an immediate and intense level of concentration.  The resulting drawings contain wonderful mark making and free gestures which I think can be associated with the aesthetics of Futurism and Vortisim.

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Drawings by Roger, John and Michael

For the rest of the evening I made the postures longer in duration but more challenging in perspective. A contracted seated posture used a chair as a pivot point over three different directional poses and a standing posture looked at exaggerated  lean onto the left arm to encourage an interesting shoulder angle. The final position was laying up side down with legs raised in the background, head in the foreground and cushions under the ribs to arch the back and protrude the rib cage. Many thanks to Chris for his professionalism and amiability in response to my requests – next time I will try and get you requisite Chaise Longue!

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Drawings by Mrs Appleton and Lesley

The next class is on Friday 6th December from 7pm to 9pm and costs £15.00 To book please contact:

Chapel Gallery, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR
01695 571328