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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!


Upcoming show…

Posted in Exhibitions by Alicia on June 27, 2008

‘The Meaning of Life for 25 Frames’ by Ashley Dean

Opening Night Thursday 3rd July

Exhibition of work by Ashley Dean

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Posted in Exhibitions by Alicia on June 9, 2008

TAKESTOCKPILE (Co-curated by theartmarket and Jay Cover)

OPENING EVENT this Friday 13th June 6.00-8.30 pm

Open Tue- Sat 12-5pm

theartmarket Unit 7-8 The Merrion Market.

For two weeks only theartmarket transforms into a Stock Room full of carefully sorted and packaged relics from theartmarket’s past. An installation Constructed solely out of inherited acquisitions, found objects and materials left on site. Come and delve through the curious accumulations of a market trader. Curios and oddities. Job lots and auction lots. Make a silent bid in our analog ongoing/ progressive auction or wait to participate in the final TAKESTOCK auction.





*Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for workshops, Spontaneous Events, Special Deals and Free-Piles throughout the show!


CLOSING EVENT (Co-hosted at theartmartket and ESA)

Friday 27/06/08 6-8pm theartmarket / 8-11pm ESA
A two-part finale to the STOCKPILE exhibition, theartmarket in collaboration with East Street Arts invite you to TAKESTOCK, an evening of entertainment and socialising.

Visit theartmarket Stock Take Pile showroom then come to ESA Social Club to bid on our accumulated goods auction. Have a look, Pick it up and take it home.

As the round of degree shows come to an end for the year…

Make a bid-Share some food-Have a drink -Have a chat -Sit back

-Be entertained –Relax


For more details email

Friday 27th June

6-8pm theartmarket (Units 7/8 Merrion Market, Leeds)

8-11pm East Street Arts (Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, Leeds)

Free food and glass of wine or beer, entertainment + live music from

DJ Alicia + special guests tba

£2 in advance (at theartmarket) £3 on the door ( at ESA )


As a non-profit space theartmarket is supported by a network of volunteers. We are currently looking for enthusiastic, reliable and creative individuals who would like to get involved with show installation, invigilation, workshops and manning the shop either during the course of TAKESTOCKPILE or in the summer.

To apply please send a short statement expaining why you’d like to get involved and what relevant experience you might have, along with contact details and availability to

New Exhibition // Show Your Gestures

Posted in Exhibitions by Alicia on April 21, 2008

Show Your Gestures

HaYoung Joo & Mia Chen

30th April-10th May
Thurs/Fri/Sat 12-5pm

Preview Wed 30th April 5-8pm

Bringing together two international artists from Korea and Taiwan. HAYOUNG JOO shows her video installations and photographs of tattooed bodies titled Change of Direction – Desire and she invites people to have temporary tattoos. MIA CHEN shows her video Paratoon and encourages people to have a Parapara dance. Their works have been inspired by their cultural encounters between the Eastern and the Western imageries.

‘I don’t believe in painting’ opening night

Posted in Exhibitions by Alicia on March 11, 2008

Visitors to the exhibition experienced a different way of displaying paintings and were able to take away a copy of Toby Juliff’s essay.

Some of the paintings were installed with their painted side concealed by a wall, leaving visitors to admire the back or wanting to turn the paintings around.

Please Do Touch! Toby welcomed people to touch and rearrange the paintings if they wanted.

Don’t forget the collaborative painting event on Saturday 22nd March 12-5pm where everyone is welcome to come and paint a rather large canvas with Toby. Come down to theartmarket and slop some paint about.

‘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

Small World

Posted in Exhibitions, Leeds, miniature, posters, sculpture by Alicia on August 31, 2007


theartmarket presents

:a collaborative show by Edinburgh based artists
Wendy Donaldson and Paul Robert Penrice*

1st -14th September
Preview event 4-5pm Saturday 1st September

*in conjunction with The Miniature Artshow at 42 New Briggate

Creating two new worlds in the curious space of the Merrion Market:

Donaldson’s ‘Small World’ is an interactive artwork that allows the viewer to observe intimate scenes between characters in the form of photographs then searched for within the actual model. This gives the viewer the opportunity to put scenes into context and begin to create narratives and stories surrounding them. Made mainly from plasticine and comprised of five different `islands’ home to a number of tiny plastic and enamel painted people `Small World’ unites a childhood fascination with small toys, an interest in watching and observing people and the creation of a place to go, to detach from the intensity of the real world.

Penrice’s ‘Fridge’ is indicative of his practice which looks at our contemporary existence through exploring the identity of his childhood home, a ‘new town’ which developed in the 1970’s. Through drawing and sculpture he builds imaginary worlds that combine classical imagery with modern life. Like ‘Small world’ his work distorts reality creating juxtapositions where the past and present meet.

Visit both shows and have a miniature adventure! A path will be outlined between the two venues by our little helpers to ease your journey.

Draw Lots by Gareth Brew

Posted in doodling, drawing, Exhibitions, Leeds, new, posters by Alicia on August 7, 2007

New exhibition alert: ‘Draw Lots’ with a special late night double opening on Thursday 16th August. Come and check out the exhibition at theartmarket from 6pm, collect your free beer tokens, follow the walking people to Patrick Studios and receive a free beer at East Street Art‘s Social Club whilst enjoying more of Brew’s work, open until 10pm. For a sneaky peak at Gareth Brew’s drawings, look here.


And collaborative drawing session: ‘Draw In’, drawing implements will be provided


Hand me please, an ocean

Posted in Exhibitions, Leeds, new, posters by Alicia on August 1, 2007

Just to let you know there’s something new arriving at theartmarket: artist and musician Jonny Fryer (onward the indian) shall be exhibiting a collection of his photography and texts. It has been named ‘hand me please, an ocean’.

Jonny was last seen at theartmarket during Situation Leeds performing a live sound installation, utilising digital and analog instruments and sound samples from theartmarket space. Jonny has previously performed/exhibited at the following venues across Leeds: the Bunker, the Brudenell Social Club, the Holy Trinity Church and he is soon to perform at a sold-out show at the Victoria Hotel.

Jonny Fryer exhibition flyer

‘Sea to shining sea’ exhibition preview night

Posted in Exhibitions, Leeds by Alicia on July 27, 2007

We had a great time at the preview night for Matthew Shelton’s exhibition ‘Sea to shining sea’. As well as a real beach installed in theartmarket, we had ice creams and fish ‘n’ chips to really set the scene. The exhibition continues until Monday 30th July.