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Issue:- 10 July 2014

2nd annual Summer Arts Market returns to St George's Hall with over 100 Artists, Designers and Makers

THE Summer Arts Market, Merseyside's celebrated arts and crafts market returns to St George's Hall on 19 July and 20 July 2014, from 10am to 5pm.

The event is a modern arts and crafts fair which offers something for all ages and features work from over 100 artists, designers and makers.

Grade I listed St George's Hall will be transformed into a bustling market with thousands of items for sale including intricate handmade jewellery, contemporary accessories, screen printed gig posters, original paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories, cards, textiles, photography, knitwear and more.

Shoppers can also relax and enjoy food and drink in the pop up Cuthbert's Bakehouse Café, with many locally sourced items on offer, including healthy and hearty breakfasts, hot and cold lunches and afternoon teas to suit all appetites.

Amongst the many artists and makers will be; Claire Bates' of Landbaby and her unique range of jewellery with a special 'garden' theme, Matthew Storrow's charming screen prints, Rodger Jenkins' locally themed paintings and the imaginative millinery creations of Sue Wood. Along with Katherine Caldwell's beautiful illustrations that will also be on display as prints and on textiles, which make perfect gifts.

A hands on Craft Lab will be hosted by KECS Creative underneath the Grand Organ offering children of all ages the chance to make Peeping Periscopes, ideal for looking at Giant Grandmas!

Liverpool social enterprise Open Culture have organised the Winter Arts Market annually since 2009 in partnership with St George's Hall, aiming to provide the public a chance to access affordable handmade work directly from artists and makers. In 2013 they created the annual Summer Arts Market giving the public twice yearly opportunity to access 1000's of locally produced artwork.  Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director said "To celebrate the second year of the Summer Arts Market we have worked with St George's Hall to make it bigger and better than ever. We are excited to be able to bring people such a fantastic and wide range of artists, designers and makers this year. It looks set to be quite an event"

Designer maker and Summer Arts Market exhibitor Katherine Caldwell said:- "I am really looking forward to this year's Summer Arts Market after finding great success with the event last year. This is such a wonderful, unique opportunity for me to engage with my customers in person and chat about my designs. As an illustrator there is such a story to tell with each one of my pieces and hearing that story really allows my customers to understand the care, consideration and passion that has gone into each item. The setting of St. George's Hall is so stunning that I think it brings out everyone's creative side and inspires both the stallholders and the shoppers. It is a complete joy to be there."

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