The region’s largest art and design market is back in Middlesbrough at the weekend.
The Designers Marketplace will take over the Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt on Saturday, July 30 from 11am to 4pm.
The popular event will showcase the work of more than 30 of the region’s most talented artists and designers, selling their exquisite hand-produced products – minus art gallery and boutique mark-ups.
Visitors have the chance to buy directly from the designers themselves – ranging from international textile award winners and talented local photographers to up-and-coming design graduates and the people behind brands currently selling on some of the UK’s largest shopping websites.
Bargains up for grabs will include fashion, accessories, art, photography, textiles, prints, ceramics, homewares and much much more.
The Designers Marketplace has been running for nearly three years and now represents more than 130 of the region’s leading creative businesses.
The Marketplace was launched in Middlesbrough and visits the Town Hall twice a year where it has developed a reputation as the place to pick up arts, crafts and fashion bargains.
The artisans also make a bi-monthly visit to Newcastle in partnership with the Biscuit Factory, and dates in Leeds are in the pipeline.
Founder and organiser Helen Stevens said: “The markets are growing in popularity and are the equal of anything elsewhere in the country.
“We have a fantastic creative sector in this region, and the Designers Marketplace is a great outlet for some of our leading talents to show off their work and for visitors to snap up a real bargain.”
The event is supported by Middlesbrough Council and the European Regional Development Fund 2010 – 2013.