The promising mission of Holmfirth-based artists Brendan Hesmondhalgh, Victoria Robinson and Emily Stubbs is to familiarise people with art and support artists at the same time.
The Art Market, an established art, contemporary craft and design event, evolved from this idea and has now come up with a new business venture called “Make it Up North” in York, to support, promote and encourage artists to show their work and the general public to buy in the north rather than going elsewhere. The Art Market won a place on the cultural entrepreneur programme that is supported by the Arts Council and the Yorkshire Visual Arts Network. “Arts Council England values the contribution events like The Art Market makes for creating ways for the public to support artists to thrive from their artwork, helping to promote the North as a place of choice for artists to live, learn, create”, as said by Daniel Cutmore, Relationship Manager Visual Arts.
For the initiators, the event fits York’s incomparable character perfectly as it is known for its culturally rich heritage and cultural consciousness. The Guildhall is the chosen place to be, the event, running from 4th-6th October, is considered a pilot scheme. Make it Up North is based on a three year plan with high aims for the future: “We hope the residents and visitors of York love it, we plan to make this event much bigger over the next three years”.
This is a selling event, where over 40 artists will be showing their work for the general public to buy. Plus workshops, demo’s and artists’ talks are part of the event’s programme over the 3 days. “Please come and visit and let us know what you think… or better still come along and be an artist for the day”, as said by Brendan Hesmondhalgh. On the Friday 4th, Harry Potter illustrator Cliff Wright will run workshops for adults and a children’s school group and give a talk afterwards. He expresses the idea behind the workshops as follows: “One of the things that I try to do [...] is to encourage people to believe that they can draw and that everyone has the ability. I think there’s a creative soul in all of us, you just need self-belief.” Then on the Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th we can buy from artists, and join in on the workshops, talks and activities happening at the event itself.
The event will cost £4 entry, to get an overview over the programme offered or to book for an artist talk/workshop please visit here.