Farmers market concept for art market

CANBERRA artists are expected to converge on the Yarralumla Woolshed this weekend for the “This is Art” market.

Walrus - art at the woolshed
Walrus – art at the woolshed

More than 45 well-known and emerging local artists and performers will be presenting a weekend program of music, performance art, exhibitions and local food.

Art Market co-founder Melissa Christie says the market, now in its second year, is Canberra’s only market dedicated to art. While that might be challenged by the many community groups that run art and craft fairs, Christie’s concept is quite different, focusing on “bringing the concept of local farmers markets to art in the Canberra region.”

“We all increasingly care about buying food locally to support local growers, so we think it’s time to apply this idea to art,” she says. “We want the people and families living in and around Canberra to see art which is created by locals. We want them to meet artists, and enjoy the best of art in Canberra.”

The co-founder of the market, Matt McDonald says the idea is to bring local art into the market environment.

“Indoors, artists will be showcasing the best of their art, including one off pieces, experimental artworks and art they haven’t included in exhibitions. Outdoors, you can watch live performance art and listen to live music while enjoying local food,” he says.

Everything is to be live – arts from more than 45 artists, live music, live art and local coffee food and wine. There’s a Paint-a-bag stall for children and a communal Canvas to encourage community input into a large artwork.

“This is Art” market, at Yarralumla Woolshed, 10am to 3pm May 3 & 4, all welcome.

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