Her Canberra’s Elizabeth Sander O’Hearn and Calum Stenning recently reviewed the divine line up of local designers and makers booked for the “Show and Tell” Night Market which will be at the Belconnen Arts Centre on the 26th of November. I will be doing most of my shopping at this market and congratulating myself for getting super organised before December and supporting local artists and designers at the same time – win win! Read on to see what Her Canberra’s favourites are and what you can expect to see come 26 November.
This article was published in Her Canberra on the 3rd of November.
DESPITE OUR YEAR-LONG COMMENTS THAT 2016 IS ‘FLYING BY’, MOST OF US SUDDENLY FIND OURSELVES ILL-PREPARED FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY SEASON.
We tell ourselves that this year we’ll “be organised” and not leave gift buying to the last minute, but a second later it’s Christmas Eve and we’re fighting for a park at the mall, wondering if a gift card will make do.
Luckily for Canberra, the second ever Show & Tell Market will be held at Belconnen Arts Centre on Saturday 26 November and this will be your chance to become that person who has all their gifts bought a month before December 25.
True to Christmas spirit, this night market will be held in the evening from 4 – 9pm and will be filled with a cheery atmosphere with local talent showcased in every stall and even some delicious food!
Founded by illustrator and graphic designer, Juliette Dudley, the first Show & Tell market was held this past July. It featured 28 stalls and had a turn out of over 500 people.
“The market is curated around the theme of contemporary design, with an emphasis on unique products from local designers and makers,” says Juliette. “Our main priority is to promote Canberra designers, but we have also had a few from local areas such as Bungendore and certainly welcome stallholders from interstate. A lot of our stallholders know each other, and it’s great to watch as more local creatives start to collaborate and support each other.”
The market can be a one-stop shop for all gifts as there will be over 35 vendors selling their wares. Despite wanting to buy everything to keep for yourself, there will be enough unique gifts for all on your Christmas list – also meaning that you’ll lessen your chance of giving the same gift as someone else.
“We are keen to create a family friendly atmosphere again at our Christmas market, with an outdoor seating area where visitors can take a break between shopping to grab some food and listen to music,” explains Juliette.
Although every cent will be worth it, markets are more than just about what you buy! There will be live entertainment from local singer-songwriters Ned Philpot and Mickey Sulit and a night of Christmas shopping means that you’ll work up an appetite, so in the theme of all things local, plenty of food trucks will on site.
“There will be a selection of sweet and savoury foods on offer including vegetarian and gluten free options. We’re excited to welcome back Loose Churros and Kombean mobile coffee lounge, and we also have Canberra Distillery and a pop-up food and drink stall by Ha Ha Bar.”
It’s always great to support local designers and creatives, whose love and passion for their work will be evident in whatever you choose to buy.
“You’ll find a great mix of jewellery, ceramics, original artwork and prints, candles, boutique tea, handbags, accessories, terrariums and plants, kid’s clothing and accessories, and homewares for inside and the garden,” says Juliette. “There will also be live art by local artist Alice Worley who recently worked on the new mural at Nookie Espresso in the city.”
HER CANBERRA’S TOP PICKS
Lee Leibrant is an emerging fibre artist who weaves contemporary, free-form tapestries under the name Little PennyPocket. Find more information here.
Hello Vera. Hello Vera provides gorgeous succulents and cacti potted in spray painted terracotta pots, locally handmade wooden planters and unique one-off pieces including hanging pots, glassware and terrariums. Find more information here.
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