Arts market back for 10th anniversary

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Winter arts market at the Anglican Cathedral. Pic © Seanan McSheffrey JMU Journalism

Organisers celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Winter Arts Market as the Anglican Cathedral was transformed into a bustling arena of festive wares.

Stall holders displayed hundreds of colourful creations alongside an artisan food and vintage fair.

The event had over 200 independent artists, designers and makers, crafters, food producers, clothing designers and vintage sellers. There was everything from candle stalls and Christmas decoration stands to bee pollen stalls.

There was a variety of handmade work available, including intricate jewellery, original screen prints, paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories and textiles.

Judy Musselle from Southport, who was selling paintings at the arts market, said she loves attending.

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Judy told JMU Journalism: “I started selling my paintings at the Winter Arts Market a few years ago and have come every year since. I also attended the summer arts market. I think it’s a great way to show off my work and get new potential customers. It’s always a great atmosphere as well.”

Yvonne Matthews from Merseyside, the owner of Vonnybee who sell natural health products made from bee pollen, said that market is an ideal showcase.

She said: “My products are free from any harmful chemicals and are made completely naturally. They help with a range of things, such as anxiety, hay fever and will boost your immune system. With hundreds of people attending the arts markets, it’s a great way to get my products out there and also an opportunity for me to talk to people about my products. I will certainly come back next year.”

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