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Easter Saturday workshop photos

Posted in Workshops by Alicia on March 24, 2008


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’ 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

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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Mike Fair 07

Posted in artists, events, fresh meat, Kunstfreund, live, performance, posters by Alicia on October 18, 2007


It is here! Just what you have all been waiting for! Hot young live artist Michael Burkitt returns from across the water with his unique brand of live art to launch Mike Fair 07. He will be initiating actions, events and interruptions in three spaces in Leeds City Centre. Work will be shown in association with Black Dogs’ addition to Light Night 2007, The 1032 Gallery and theartmarket, After Hours.



BUY is the living catalogue of the latest art from Michael Burkitt. Occupied with how his work ends up in the ‘later on stages’ The Wrens will host the opportunity to engage and invest in seven of his recent live pieces, during the closing evening of Mike Fair 07. The dress code is formal and Mike Fair 07 merchandise will also be on sale and defaced in the course of the evening by Burkitt.

6pm – Closing

The Wrens
Merrion Street

BUY is in association with theartmarket, After Hours.


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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.