Art market encourages people to get creative juices flowing

Members of the public are being invited to get involved in a new art market when it comes to Durham later this month.

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, around 30 artists will come together to showcase their work, from portrait and landscape paintings to prints, textiles and maps.

The market will be held in Millennium Place and will be accompanied by a range of activities giving people the opportunity to make their own art.

Staff from pottery studio Colourful Chameleons will be running tile painting sessions between 10am and 3pm on both days, while Snow and Crow printmakers will show visitors how to make their own etchings from 10am to 1pm and again from 2pm to 4pm. Small charges may apply to these activities.

Families can get creative making their own masterpieces out of sand, with artist-led sessions running throughout the weekend.

Storytelling and craft activities will also be taking place at 11am on Saturday at Clayport Library, with some sessions priced at £1.

The market is part of the Art Durham festival, which is being jointly delivered by Durham County Council and Durham University.

Lucy Jenkins, the council’s visual arts manager, said: “The outdoor art market is a great way for local artists to promote and sell their work and we are delighted at the range of work that will be on display.

“As part of the festival we are also keen for people of all ages and abilities to create their own art and get involved with the sessions we have on offer throughout the weekend.”

Art Durham 2018 is a smaller-scale pilot festival which will test ideas for the development of an annual visual arts festival from 2020.