Living Market – Returns Soon

The Living Market will be running a series of Markets in the run up to Christmas on Slater Street, Liverpool, between The International Gallery at No.34 and Mello Mello Coffee bar at No.s 40-42, for directions, see MultiMap. To get involved, please visit their Contact page.

December the 1st 2007: 12-6pm: 34-42 Slater Street, Liverpool

December the 8th 2007: 12-6pm: 34-42 Slater Street, Liverpool

December the 15th 2007: 12-6pm: 34-42 Slater Street, Liverpool

December the 22nd 2007: 12-6pm: 34-42 Slater Street, Liverpool

The Living Market is Liverpool’s established platform for Liverpool’s creative community and people looking for a real slice of Liverpool’s Arts’ Scene. It ran until December last year at TAO’s ( Community Gallery at 52 Roscoe Street, a graffiteed warehouse behind the bombed-out church at the top of Bold Street. The market enjoyed an open, airy space, and a front sliding door that opened up the whole building to passing visitors.

It came about as a way for local artists to sell their work and meet other artists, starting off as a monthly event in April 2006. The market ran regularly for 9 months, self-sufficiently with no funding, on an ethical basis and a shoe-string budget. It grew to be a poplar event drawing a regular crowd and new faces each time. In response to the Liverpool Biennial’s lack of local representation,

The Living Market became a regular Saturday Afternoon event in September with the help of some fantastic volunteers and support from the local community including Static Gallery and the Grapes Pub next door. The delicious food was supplied by GreenFish Cafe, the hospitality by local coffee suppliers Bellew’s Coffee Merchants and the venue by property owners Frenson’s.

Sadly, 52 Roscoe Street was lost to TAO in January with it having been earmarked for redevelopment. But with the loss of one building came the acquisition of two other buildings- namely The old Big Issue offices on Duke Street, and MelloMello on Slater Street.
Mello Mello is now up and running as a fair-trade coffee bar and venue. Open in the afternoon and early evening daily with the widest selection of coffee beans in Liverpool,a selection of mouth-watering hand-made cakes and dole-friendly prices to boot.

A bustling community hang-out with chess boards, drawing materials, a library, and now free wireless internet. This will provide The Living Market 2007 space for live music and performance, and C.U.T.S ( upstairs will host a series of Arts and Crafts workshops for all ages. The International Gallery, used by The Art organisation to show exhibitions by visiting artists since the Biennial last year, will house more stalls than ever before from a selection of the area’s best Artists and Makers. The International Gallery is a white-walled, well lit space with glass frontage and will make a sleek backdrop to the work on show from the wealth of local artists and makers involved.

During the last two weeks ( 15th and 22nd) the market will share the space with an exhibition of recyled artwork from Red Dot. The market will have stalls from makers producing unique goods from recycled materials and there will be Recycling-themed Arts and Crafts Workshops at C.U.T.S