Art & Crafts Shopping and Studios at The Open Market, Brighton’s covered market destination.
The redeveloped Open Market in Brighton and Hove is home to a thriving community of artists. Wander through the market to buy some unusual art, craft and jewellery – or go on a workshop to learn to make something unique.
The main market opening times are as follows:
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays 10am – 5pm*
*Some Stalls are not open on Sundays.
The market is just a short walk from the city centre and Brighton train station, and can be accessed from Ditchling Road opposite the Level, or Marshalls Row on London Road.
You’ll need to head upstairs at the market to find the studios, as they are on the concourse overlooking the market.
The Sew Fabulous Community Interest Company runs workshops, courses and classes in sewing and textiles. It’s ideal for anything from birthday and hen parties to corporate do’s. If you want something made – or just altered or repaired - they can do this too. www.sew-fabulous.org
In Studio 5, you’ll find Alison McGechie, a 3D artist creating organic sculptures handcrafted in materials like clay, stone and wood. She works to commission and also offers fun with clay workshops as well as exhibition space. www.alisonmcgechie.com
The wonderfully named The Artpothecary in Studio One is an artist-run art shop. Come here for art supplies but also if you just want friendly support or advice about a project. There’s a wide range of equipment to buy here, from adhesives to modelling tools and clay. www.artpothecary.co.uk
Also at the Open Market is Open Arts, a joint project involving Autism Sussex, Impetus and Grace Eyre. It offers visual and live arts courses to people with Asperger’s, Autism and Learning Disabilities. You can buy artworks to generate revenue for the project. www.openartsbrighton.com .
Over at Woody’s studio, artist Zara Wood collaborates on creative projects, from graphics on hospital walls to creating sell-out fashion collections. On occasions the studio turns into a shop selling Woody products. www.zarawood.com and www.thewoodyshop.com .
In Studio 6, you’ll find silversmith and jeweller Eve Claire Taylor. As well as making her own items, she runs workshops and longer courses in jewellery and enamelling for both beginners and those who have already have experience. See her website for details of dates and prices. www.eveclairetaylor.com .
Another place to learn to make something gorgeous is Partially Obscured, a specialist glass craft and design company. You can buy personalised and bespoke giftwear, or take a class from half a day to a 10 week evening class. Kids’ glass making parties are available too. www.partiallyobscured.co.uk .
Other studios at the Open Market include Love The Rock Tattoo, for tattoos of any size (you’ll need an appointment) ( www.facebook.com/LoveTheRockTattoo ). At Chilli Gems, Kat Castle-Sinden makes bespoke jewellery using gemstones and sterling silver for men, women and children. www.facebook.com/chilligems And
The Oh! Studio designs personal prints, cards, posters and more for all stages of your life. These include family “growing together” prints and Home Together – a hand drawn illustration of your house from a photograph.
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