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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


‘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


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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Posted in events, Festivals, film, Leeds, posters, screening by Alicia on October 3, 2007

Submit your brilliant very short films for…


ADHDVideo2 at theartmarket Friday 12th October 6pm-8pm.

A show videoworks for the audience with a short attention span.

As part of Light Night, theartmarket is putting on its second very short film night in the Merrion Market. All entries must suitable for the short attention span and no longer 3 minutes. If you haven’t already…

Submit your shorts today! – mov, AVI, quickitme, MPEG4 on disk by hand between 12-5 daily to theartmarket, Unit 7-8, The Merrion Market, The Merrion Centre, Leeds. Or post to theartmaket c/o 10 Buckingham Grove, Leeds, LS6 1DQ.

DEADLINE 1pm wednesday 10th October.
Please include titles and contact details.

RED for RED by Julie Fiala

Posted in Leeds, new, posters, red by Alicia on September 18, 2007

Julie Fiala coming to theartmarket on Thursday 20th September: RED for RED…

RED for RED by Julie Fiala

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.

Social Club dinner

Posted in events, Leeds by Alicia on August 28, 2007

I have discovered some photographs here from the Social Club dinner at Patrick Studios for Situation Leeds 05 07, taken by Jonathan Turner. Zoe, Joe, Lil and Anna from theartmarket collaborated with East Street Arts to create the event that saw beautifully attired people climbing ladders, making dens and thrones, wafting incense, mood-making, and then enjoying a dinner at the end.

ESA and theArtMarket
Photograph by Jonathan Turner 2007

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