Christmas Fayre and Arts Market

23 & 24 November 2019
from 11am
Free, everyone welcome

Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to our Christmas Fayre and Arts Market, for one weekend only this November. 

With a range of stalls selling crafts and gifts, charity raffles, family activities, seasonal music and festive food and drink available throughout the day, there will be something for everyone at this special event.

Photograph by Cat Lane

With an indoor arts market featuring the works of 30 local artists and makers, alongside a range of outdoor craft and charity stalls selling gifts, there will be something for everyone at this special event.

We will be hosting free drop-in family activities run by Katie Ellen Fields, Alice and Shauna Boland-Rhodes, and our current artists in residence.

There will also be the chance to take part in hands-on Christmas decoration making in the ceramics workshop.

Join us in the afternoon for a natural wreath making workshop (booking required). 

Event Schedule:

Saturday 23 November 2019
Courtyard Christmas Fayre, 11am–4pm
Arts Market, 11am–4pm
Free drop-in family activities, from 11am
Make you own Natural Wreath, 1.30-4.30pm (book your place here)
Festive food and drink

Meet the Makers & Artist Networking Event, 7–9pm
Free, everyone welcome

Sunday 24 November 2019
Arts Market, 11am–3pm

Arts Market participating artists

Catherine is a ceramicist based in Northampton, who creates functional stoneware pottery inspired by nature, particularly the trees ad rocks of Japan. “I am interested in the way a pot can convey a feeling, like a poem or a landscape, and I am continually searching for that”.
@Cathpotts ︎

The North Bucks Woodturning Club meets weekly at Milton Keynes Arts Centre to use our woodwork studio. They create a wide range of hand-turned and hand carved pieces using quality hardwood and fine finishes.

Marie is a regular attendee of Milton Keynes Arts Centre creative courses, and after completing her Foundation Art Diploma last year has been experimenting in mixed media works, including print and sculptural works.
Marie Gracie ︎

Nicola’s work explores peripheral spaces such as underpasses, roadsides and steps. Recently she has been exploring pockets of Milton Keynes that have become overgrown, places likely to be passed by. “In these drawings I have been exploring these spaces that have the potential to become a bit wild”.
www.nicolasaunderson.com ︎
Nicola Saunderson Artist ︎
@nlsaunderson1 ︎

Based in Milton Keynes, Andy cuts, creases and coaxes recycled paper, wood and other materials to create a range of collages, boxes and decorations.

Fernando is a plastic artist, designer and photographer. “The continuous need for de-codifying what surrounds me naturally lead me to use different mediums of art. The work that I´m presenting, is my vision about the technology shock we are living in”.
www.blurrealphotogaphy.wordpress.com ︎ 
www.fernandomatosophotos.wordpress.com ︎
@fernandomatosophotography ︎

Nicky Kenny is a photographer and fudge maker living and working in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Known as a 'crazy cat lady' she also runs bespoke 'cat cafes’!. @NickyKennyPhotographer︎

Offering a wide range of products from hand woven pouches, lino printed cards and bees wax wraps using reclaimed materials. All made by the residents of Camphill, through arts & crafts workshops. camphillmk.co︎

Mike is a painter working mostly in acrylics and specialising in figures and landscapes. A member of Milton Keynes Society of Artists, he has regularly exhibited in solo and group shows.
Mike B’s Art ︎

Alice and Sahuna Boland-Rhodes are based in our South Pavilion studios at the Arts Centre, and work across a number of mediums including performance, installation, mark making and photographic art. “Our joint practice uses natural found and foraged materials to strengthen the connection between ourselves and the world we see around us. We particularly draw inspiration from the vast green spaces of Milton Keynes.” Alice and Shauna will also be running a number of free drop-in workshops at The Arts Centre during the Christmas Fayre.
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Becky’s practice goes against the traditions of painting through unusual methods of experiment, expression and play. “The works stand between both painting and sculpture in their three-dimensional and tactile surface relief quality”.
www.becky-king.com ︎
@beckykingartist ︎

Daisy is an artist based in Cambridge who works across different medias to illustrate wildlife and birds.  She creates small scale prints using drawing, painting and collage.
www.daisytempest.com ︎

Alison is a fluid artist working with alcohol inks, fluid acrylics and resin. She lives and works in Milton Keynes, and can be found in her garden studio. “My work is abstract and focusses on colour combination and texture. I love what I do and could talk about the process for hours!”
@pixcurated ︎

Andrew Macdermott is a product of evening pottery classes at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, and now teaches some of our ceramic courses. Andy makes and sells Icelandic-inspired decorative ceramic pieces at craft fairs and galleries across the country.
www.andrewmacdermott.com ︎

Hand carved wooden spoons, sealed with raw linseed oil. "I’d consider myself a perpetual student with a thirst for knowledge who is most gainfully employed doing something challenging that involves the use of both my mind and body."

Lindy’s current work combines printing and painting using acrylics on board. “I enjoy working on a relatively small scale using simple lines, scratching through the surface to reveal hidden layers”. Based in Bedfordshire, Lindy’s time is divided between working as an art technician and working in her studio.
@lindy2255 ︎

Rachael is a freelance illustrator who specialises in digital illustration, with a figurative, contemporary style. She is a regular attendee of our life drawing classes, and sells her prints online and across the country. “I love working with unusual and satisfying colour palettes. I generally create illustrations of largely familiar scenes with an elusive feel, inspired by my day to day life”.
www.rachaelpresky.co.uk ︎
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Twitter ︎

Chris is a fused glass artist based in Milton Keynes. Much of Chris’ recent work focuses on flow and movement in glass. “I feel like this can tell a story and give life to the glass. No two pieces are the same”.
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Figurative stoneware sculptures, made in Milton Keynes.

Based in Milton Keynes, Jon creates hand-cut lettering and decorative designs into reclaimed stone, slate, marble and pebbles. He has previously created commemorative pieces and works to commissions.

Adrian and his partner Lindsey together are LA Ceramic Crafts. They create an eclectic mixture of wheel thrown and hand-built ceramics. “We take our inspiration from a variety of sources and are very much still in the experimental stage of our practice”. 
www.etsy.com/au/shop/LACeramicCrafts ︎

Based in Bletchley, Peter is an artist who creates paintings and drawings, including portrait and landscape works.
LeesonArt ︎

Based in the historical market town of Ampthill, Linda is inspired by the characterful cottages and parkland that surrounds this rural setting. Creating bespoke handmade stoneware houses with room for a tea light inside: bringing warmth into the corners of your home. Ceramic St.︎
Vilas is an artist who creates paintings and mixed media pieces, covering a range of themes including landscapes and decorative compositions.

Simon is Cambridge-based artist and published children’s book author and illustrator. In addition to creating artwork for children’s publishing using traditional and digital mediums, Simon’s practice also includes painting and printmaking.
www.simonprescott.weebly.com ︎
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Astrid has been working with ceramics from a young age, and regularly makes her pieces in the Arts Centre’s ceramics workshop. She creates a variety of ceramic pieces including bowls inspired by Japanese Chawans (tea bowls), and sculptural pieces incorporating roots and twigs. She also has a jewellery collection made from a variety of recycled materials.
www.baerndal.eu ︎
@a_h.baerndal ︎

Alondene’s practice focusses on using printmaking and surface design techniques to explore different techniques and push boundaries in 2D and 3D pieces. She has studied textile design and ceramic surface design, and she is a tutor for a number of the Art Centre’s creative courses.  

Based in Milton Keynes, Iraida’s practice includes painting and drawing. She has discovered the traditional technique of wool felting, and has adapted this to create unique dolls and figures.
iraidart ︎
Felted Dreams ︎

Artist and horticulturalist Katie Ellen Fields collaborated with Milton Keynes communities in Open Garden; an animated and engaging public artwork taking shape as a sensory garden and interactive play-scape within the grounds of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Katie has exhibited and performed throughout the UK; her studio and allotment are in Milton Keynes. She will be running free drop in workshops during the Christmas Fayre.

Based in Milton Keynes, Andrew works in his studio to create mixed media collages and paintings.

Mat is a painter and illustrator with a background in children’s illustration, design and graphic communication.
matcross.com ︎
@mat_cross ︎

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