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Posted in blog, events, Exhibitions by theartmarket on December 12, 2008

Kunstmas Market

Nous vous and theartmarket are holding a One Day Christmas fair next Saturday 20th December from 10-5pm at Unit 7-8 the Merrion Market. Come and join us for mince pies, a mass of Christmasy Kunst and lots of merriment!


TAKE STOCK closing event

Posted in events by Alicia on June 25, 2008

This Friday evening come to our TAKE STOCK closing event. View the lots, place a bid, listen to live music and enjoy some chili. Everyone welcome.

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TAKE STOCK Opening night

Posted in events by Alicia on June 16, 2008

Thanks to everyone who came down to check out the show. We enjoyed coffee and cake courtesy of Opposite Cafe, thank ye muchly.

We got to meet George Booth and David Cotton who set up the Something Visual website, a new arts magazine, with Lucy Dunn. They have a great listings for all the galleries and art spaces in Leeds and a regularly updated calender of events. Our Sarah was interviewed for the show, go check their website.

There are thousands of postcards (far to many to count) to root through and the categories range from foreign language to fine art, children’s to humorous. Some of our postcards date back to the 1930’s, so rather vintage!

We have a hammock full of ‘Free Pile’ goods, you need to buy one of our hand hand-printed bags or a paper bag and fill it with whatever you fancy from our hammock.

Illustration work by Jay Cover.

Place your bids!
Here’s a sneak peak of some of our exciting treasures: a vintage Beatles poster and baseball bat. We are taking silent bids throughout the two weeks of the show and then are having a live auction during our closing event on 27th June. Come down and place a bid.

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Show Your Gestures opening night

Posted in events, Leeds by Alicia on May 6, 2008

For more photos from the event, see our Flickr photos

Easter Saturday!

Posted in events, Workshops by Alicia on March 20, 2008

We have some activities lined up for you on this fine Easter bank holiday weekend…
Saturday 22nd March 12-5pm

Come do some collaborative painting with Toby Juliff as part of his ‘I don’t believe in painting’ exhibition.  There will be a huge canvas to work on and paints available to use.

Also, there will be a special Easter Re-Toyed Trash sewing workshop making all things Easter-shaped out of fabric.

Wash this down with some cake and chocolate and it’s set to be a creative mini festival.

Everyone welcome!

‘I don’t believe in painting’ by Toby Juliff

Posted in events, Exhibitions, Leeds, posters by Alicia on February 20, 2008

Toby Juliff exhibition poster

‘I don’t believe in Painting’
An exhibition of recent paintings by Toby Juliff (an Art Historian who really should know better).

He doesn’t believe in Elvis.
He doesn’t believe in aliens.
He doesn’t believe in you and me.
He doesn’t believe in painting.

From his academic world of Art History there isn’t much that Toby Juliff believes in anymore. He paints, but he doesn’t believe in it. And it’s not just that he doesn’t believe in it, he’s not too sure that he even likes painting. But he does paint.

Toby Juliff is an Art Historian, a lecturer at The University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art Design. His PhD thesis is titled ‘The Impulse of Contingency’ and is critique of Modernist abstract painting. Juliff does not claim to be an Artist but he spends much of his time telling Art students why, in a contemporary art world of installations, videos and performances that they should not paint. Yet Toby Juliff paints. He really should know better.

theartmarket presents ‘I don’t believe in painting’ by Toby Juliff, a light-hearted exploration into the role of painting in contemporary art practice and the ways it is discussed within academic circles. Accompanying Juliff’s paintings is an audio collage of interviews with Artists and Art Historians, discussing the reasons why Artists shouldn’t paint. An essay written by Juliff will be available for visitors to take away. On Saturday 22nd March visitors are invited to a collaborative painting event called ‘Can you paint?’

Opening Times:
March 7th – 22nd 2008
12 – 5pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Preview 6th March 6 – 8pm

Can you paint? (a collaborative painting event) Saturday 22nd March

Photos from the Crafty Valentine’s Vintage Bonanza

Posted in events, Leeds by Alicia on February 20, 2008

Crafty Valentine's Vintage Bonanza

Jonny enjoying tea and a donut

A cuppa and a donut

Sarah and Zoe recovering a stool with the material from a granny shopper

Stool work

Our new zine stand looking pretty with new artists books and illustrations

Pretty books and zines

And we’ve got new T-shirts in and vintage hairy moon boots


Vintage Fair

Posted in events by Alicia on February 4, 2008

To kick off the 2008 artmarket fun times and get our creative juices re-flowing we’re having a crafty little pre-Valentines Vintage Fair.  It will be a mix of theartmarket, RAG boutique and sexcloth vintage lines alongside local and international craft and art originals.

To start the loveball rolling we’re having a Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and Draw-In at the opening this Saturday 9th Feb  12-5pm with cake and tea buffet for sustenance.

Our new regular opening hours are Thursday-Saturday 12-5pm.

okeydoke see you soon!

Artgos photos

Posted in events, Leeds, photos by Alicia on December 20, 2007

what to buy?


Martin Creed CD


See more photos from Artgos here


Posted in events, Leeds by Alicia on November 6, 2007

Final Artgos Logo


3-15 December 2007

This Christmas Artsparkle presents Artgos, a new catalogue store in the heart of Leeds’ shopping district! A collaboration between Artsparkle and theartmarket, Artgos will be selling work by big name artists alongside fresh talent working with multiples, those fabulous, affordable artworks that make such great stocking fillers. Come along to the catalogue shop for a unique shopping experience, see performance artists in full flow, and kick-start your contemporary art collection for as little as £1! If you can’t make it along to the shop itself, work will also be available to buy online at

A programme of talks and workshops will accompany Artgos.

Artsparkle is an artist-led organisation formed in Leeds in 2003 by Emma Bolland, Pippa Hale, Kerry Harker, Jon Wakeman and Karen Watson, with the aim of exploring the contemporary art market through the medium of artists’ multiples. Opportunities for artists to make new work are central to the project, which also aims to raise the profile of artist-led activity. Artsparkle organises a rolling programme of events, commissions and exhibitions, and collaborate with other multiples-focused organisations and groups in the UK, Europe and beyond.

theartmarket are Zoe Sawyer, Lil Adams, Sarah Barrett, Alicia Talikowska & Joe Mawson and have been based in the Merrion Market since December 2006. A gallery/ shop/ studio, theartmarket is an independent space housed within the cultural fabric of the city centre. It provides a peer support network and platform to showcase cross-regional emerging, emerged and re-emerging artists. Inviting a large community of artists, curators, press, and others involved in the art sector theartmarket increases footfall of audience members to a range of art activities including hands-on workshops. They also have a very good relationship with other members of the Market.

TO APPLY: send a brief statement, CV and a maximum of 6 images to Artgos, c/o Patrick Studios, St Marys Lane, Leeds LS9 7EH or

PLEASE NOTE: Multiples will be stocked on a sale or return basis with a 30% commission on sales (bear this in mind when pricing). Artsparkle is a not-for-profit organization.

To find out more, go to or email

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