Summer 2016 will see the birth of York River Art Market.
Situated on Dame Judi Dench Walk by the Lendal Bridge side of York River Ouse, artists will be exhibiting their artworks along the railings of York Museum Gardens on three consecutive Sundays during the summer.
The market is directed by York-based artist and curator Charlotte Dawson, who has been involved in a number of creative community projects around the city, with an interest in bringing art to non-traditional art spaces. Charlotte’s 2013 project The Pop Up Art Space saw artists from a variety of media exhibiting and performing in an unused office space in Little Stonegate. Charlotte also started up the still-regular art exhibitions at community owned pub The Golden Ball.
"The purpose of bringing art to unusual or non-traditional art spaces is to encourage access to creativity for all," says Charlotte. "The aim of York River Art Market is to engage the public in the arts and provide a platform for local established and emerging artists, whilst creating an annual happening that will hopefully add to our beautiful city."
This year’s summer events start on Sunday 26 June followed by the next two events on the following Sundays: 3 & 10 July, from 10am-5.30pm.
Artists from all over Yorkshire will be exhibiting at this year’s York River Art Market, including Leeds-based artist and all-round creative genius Alisia Casper, along with Whitby-based contemporary landscape artist Bridget Wilkinson and York social enterprise mover and shaker Natasha Almond; Natasha will be working with a micro social enterprise to create artisan vertical wall gardens. Other artists involved include York artists Jade Blood, Jelena Lung and many more.
Local community enthusiast Pete Kilbane who has involvement with community owned pub The Golden Ball, says, "There are loads of exciting things happening on the independent, underground scene in York. With The Arts Barge and the River Art Market, that bubbles to the surface. It’s getting culturally more interesting every day. Soon we’ll be the Paris of the North!"
Spaces to exhibit are now all taken but you can still be added to the reserve list - contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.
"This area of York is so beautiful," says Charlotte. "Besides the Lendal Bridge side of the river, York River Art Market aims to create an experience for locals and tourists alike, and a great opportunity for local art collectors to meet and purchase original artworks straight from the artists themselves."