Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios, London
Cockpit Arts open the doors of its two studio blocks in Holborn and Deptford for festive shopping. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making it an exclusive opportunity to buy gifts from 140 craftspeople. Friday Night Lates events at both venues include live music and the chance to win a £50 Cockpit Arts gift voucher.
29 November -1 December 2019 (Holborn); 6-8 December 2019 (Deptford). cockpitarts.com/shop-cockpit/open-studios/
Bath Humbug Contemporary Art Market and Deck The Walls exhibition, 44AD artspace, Bath
44AD artspace’s annual Bath Humbug Contemporary Art Market includes paintings, printed cards, artist books, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and glass and showcases a range of affordable contemporary art and design by artists working at the Bath-based studios. Also taking place in the lead up to Christmas, ‘Deck The Walls’ will see 44AD artspace’s gallery converted in to a ‘quasi record store extravaganza’ to showcase works by over 30 artists with editions selling at £33 and original works costing just £78.
Bath Humbug Contemporary Art Market, 28 November – 16 December 2019; Deck The Walls exhibition, 19-23 December 2019. www.44ad.net/
Christmas shopping evening, Black Swan Arts, Frome
Black Swan Arts late opening presents work from artists and makers from Frome and beyond. Artists and makers include: Donna Sarah, illustrator and designer; Kate Cooke Ceramics ; White Doe, clothing; Josie Mitchell, jewellery; Kevin Paton, woodwork; Tina Seviour, jewellery; Sally Barnett, illustrator and designer; Clare Lloyd, jewellery; Sally Gardiner Ceramics; and Forgotten stitches, vintage inspired textiles.
29 November 2019. www.blackswanarts.org.uk/whats-on/events/
Havelock Walk Winter Weekend, London
Havelock Walk is home to a community of artists, designers and musicians in Forest Hill, south east London. For its Winter Weekend, over 20 artists will be opening their studios and exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, design, craft and more.
30 November – 1 December 2019. www.havelockwalk.com/
North East Open Studios Ellon Area Christmas Trail, Ellon
This informal network of artists based across north east Scotland hosts its first Christmas Pop Up weekend with open studios taking place around the town of Ellon in Aberdeenshire. With ten individual and shared studio spaces taking part, this is a chance to meet artists and makers in their studios and buy works direct. Artists include Carol Munro, Paul Ritchie, Jane Bradford, George Strachan, Douglas Millar and Clare Terris.
30 November – 1December 2019. www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/neos-2019-ellon-area-xmas-trial.pdf
Fire Station Creative Open Studios 2019, Dunfermline
Including artists and makers working in painting, textile design, graphic design, illustration, jewellery, ceramics and photography, this year’s Open Studios event at Fire Station Creative will also include a prize draw which all visitors can enter. The prize is a £50 voucher to spend in any studio. Exhibiting artists include jeweller Caroline Finlay, illustrator and digital graphic and web designer Tom Crielly, painter and tutor Kelly-Anne Cairns and studio jeweller Angela Learoyd.
30 November – 1 December 2019. www.instagram.com/fire_station_creative/
The Makers’ Market Christmas Edition at The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance
This market features work by local and regional makers, offering a selection of ceramics, jewellery, print, textile, homewares, bookbinding and more. The market coincides with the Penzance Christmas lights switch on, adding to the festive spirit. The market features works by: Paula Downing, Rebecca Wilbur, Jessye Boulton, Noreen Todd, Rebecca Walklett, Kinsley Byrne, Ken Futers, Best Makes, Epping Smith, Jo’s Pottery, Corinne Carr, Graham Black and Michel Francois.
30 November 2019. newlynartgallery.co.uk/activities/tmm-christmas/
DIY Christmas Art Market and Independent Ceramics Market, Rich Mix, London
With over one hundred artists, exhibiting over four floors, the DIY Christmas Art Market takes place at Rich Mix in London on 7 December and offers visitors the chance to engage directly with artists and independent publishers, and purchase a broad selection of artwork at affordable prices including ceramics, zines, independent publications, art prints, risograph and screen prints, jewellery, and artist’s books. While on 8 December, Rich Mix is host to the Independent Ceramics Market which features a diverse range of affordable ceramic artwork, available to buy direct from the maker.
DIY Christmas Art Market, 7 December 2019; Independent Ceramics Market 8 December 2019. richmix.org.uk/events/diy-art-market/
Art Car Boot Fair Prêt – à – Accrocher!, The Workshop, London
This flash art sale from the producers of the Art Car Boot Fair will include hundreds of original artworks presented framed, boxed and ‘ready to hang’. Taking place at The Workshop in London SE1, Prêt – à – Accrocher! will include works by Gavin Turk, Juno Calypso, Pure Evil, Charming Baker, Mr Bingo, Dan Baldwin and many more.
1 December 2019. acbf.eventcube.io/
The Christmas Emporium, Creek Creative, Faversham
Featuring 30 studios and nine desk spaces, Creek Creative is the base for 45 creative practitioners, including professional visual artists, silversmiths and designer-makers, writers and filmmakers, web and media designers, illustrators, musicians and theatre performers. Its Christmas gift pop-up shop will offer individually handmade items by local makers and artists.
3-21 December 2018. www.creek-creative.org
Manchester Ceramics Collective Christmas Drinks and Open Studio Sale, Manchester
This Old Trafford-based collective made up of ceramicists Sarah Fraser, Becky Morris, Sarah Crosby, Sarah Baines and Matt Cronshaw opens its studio for a Christmas celebration and sale. A chance to buy handmade ceramics from the members of the collective
Christmas Drinks 6 December 2019; Open studio sale 7 December. www.instagram.com/manchesterceramicscollective/
Wasps Winter Artist and Makers Market, The Briggait, Glasgow
Featuring over 80 artists and taking place at Glasgow’s The Briggait, this is a chance to buy direct from Wasps studio holders based across Scotland. Among those taking part, Aillie Anderson will be exhibiting jewellery and small-scale sculpture inspired by the built environment, Bonny Claith will be selling her range of scarves and cowls and Jacqueline Briggs will be showing her illustration and design.
7 December 2019. www.waspsstudios.org.uk/latest/events/wasps-winter-artist-and-makers-market/
Glebe Rd Ceramics Open Studios, London
A showcase of 12 ceramic artists and designers. Inspirational handmade ceramics will be on display and available to buy directly from the artists throughout the day.
14-15 December 2019. www.a-n.co.uk/events/glebe-rd-ceramics-open-studios/
The Royal Standard Christmas Party and Auction 2019, Liverpool
Artist-led gallery and studios The Royal Standard hosts its Christmas Party and Auction with a chance to buy original artworks by studio members. Plus there will be live music and drinks, with all profits supporting The Royal Standard’s mission to provide affordable studios to artists, support artistic development and deliver a programme of exhibitions and events. The Auction preview will take place 8-13 December.
14 December 2019. the-royal-standard.com/
1. Lush Designs at Cockpit Arts Deptforn. Photo: Janice Hosegood (Cockpit Arts)
2. Deck the walls exhibition, 44 AD atspace, Bath.
3. Havelock Walk Winter Weekend.
3. DIY Christmas Art Market, Rich Mix, London.
4. Art Car Boot Fair Prêt – à – Accrocher!
5. Glebe Rd Ceramics Open Studios.
6. The Royal Standard Christmas Party and Auction 2019.