This past weekend saw the annual Open Culture Liverpool Winter Arts Market at Liverpool Cathedral. Boasting over 200 stalls, it’s hailed as the biggest arts market in the North West. Artists, makers, vintage and food sellers all congregate under one dizzyingly tall roof (331 ft tall to be precise!) and invite shoppers to browse their creations just in time for Christmas gifting.
I arrived at Liverpool Winter Arts Market around 11am – at the exact same time environmental activist group, Extinction Rebellion staged a flash dance protest to the Bee Gees Staying Alive outside the building – and managed to avoid queuing in the cold (previous events have seen people queuing out of the door and down the street!). It costs £3 to enter, so I paid my fee, had my hand stamped and stepped in to the sea of shoppers.
I’m not religious but I love Liverpool Cathedral (I’ve mentioned it in the past here on the blog). For such an imposing building, there’s always a warm and inviting atmosphere inside, which makes it the perfect venue for a festive event like this.
The photos below show just a portion of the market. Taking decent photos was difficult in the crowded aisles. The stalls span at least double the length of what’s shown here, with more downstairs where food and vintage stalls can be found.
With such a huge amount of talent on display it would have been easy to empty my bank account there and then if I didn’t have rent and bills to pay. So I played it smart and bought a select few pieces.
I wanted to hang some new colourful prints at home so that’s where I started. I spotted the mesmerising work of Lisa Robinson, aka Lost plots and picked up her beautifully illustrated Botanical Beauties 2020 calendar.
Another local artist whose work I’ve fallen in love with since visiting the market is Sophie Corrigan. Her quirky designs are lighthearted and uplifting. How adorable is this illustration of an axolotl sitting on his moss ball?!
A few weeks ago I bought a plain black rucksack. It’s comfortable but boring to look at. So I picked up two pins from Liverpool based pin designer, Pin Head. A shiny white and copper/rose gold coloured enamel illustration of Liverpool’s iconic Liver Building to jazz up my bag, and a Jurgen Klopp badge for my football-mad Dad.
If you’re thinking about visiting the 2020 Liverpool Winter Arts Market then do it! Immerse yourself in the festive and creative vibes and support your local makers and artists.
Keep an eye out for The Chocolate Cellar who makes the most moreish chocolates you’ll ever meet, and Anfield’s Homebaked for the perfect winter comfort food.