Ah, my weekend workplace…St George’s Market!
Never in my wildest imagination did I think I’d end up with a stall there every weekend and be working amongst such a creative and inspiring bunch of people.
St George’s Market is a hotbed of local talent and visitors from across the world have grown to love and appreciate the UK’s number one large indoor market. Actually, there’s a reason why we beat the likes of Spitalfield Market in London. That reason is our creativity and I’m not just talking about creative food, I’m talking about the artists, the designers, the photographers, the makers and creators.
A growing number of retailers in the city and beyond have switched on to the popularity of the market and now stock products from a number of artists.
In the Visit Belfast welcome centre opposite the city hall you’ll find creations from Arbee Cards with her beautiful vintage designs, Deborah Toner with her architectural based linen embroidery homeware and FlaxFox hand drawn and screen printed landmarks. Anna who looks after my stall some days even has a range of mugs in a multitude of colours of the Belfast skyline. And of course let’s not forget my own products for sale there!
Elsewhere in the City, the Wickerman stock a number of market traders products. Even Cocouture chocolates on Chichester Street, a former trader at the market stocks Tee and Toast cards and a selection of my own cards designed especially for this chocolate heaven!
Further afield in Holywood, The Yard Gallery have embraced many market artists with amazing stags from Andrew Coombes, new Belfast skylines from the husband and wife team, ArtDuo. And dare I say it, a selection of my Belfast designs.
In fact one of Andrew Coombes stag paintings is destined to come to my house sometime soon as I love them so much. I just need to actually part with the cash first of all!
Meanwhile back in the market, talented painters selling quality pieces are plentiful. Patricia Logue paints these moody Belfast skylines, and Mark Graham paints these colourful classic cars, which might also end up in my house some day!
For something that’s more abstract you have Sharon Millar and Michael Mooney, both embracing the sky and sea.
If you haven’t been to the market in a while, you really should consider visiting soon. You never know, you might just fall in love with it as much as the artists who trade there already love it.
Find out what’s on each weekend in this hotbed of creativity buzzing with artists, creators, makers, designers and more on our St George’s Market page here