Durham’s residents will soon have the chance to look at and buy plenty of great art – and will even have the opportunity to get creative themselves.

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, a market featuring around 30 artists will be held in Millennium Place.

The work on display will range from portraits and landscapes to prints, textiles and even maps.

And there will also be a chance for those visiting the market to make their own art.

Tile-painting workshops – run by pottery studio Colourful Chameleons – will be held on both Saturday and Sunday between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm.

In sessions run by Snow and Crow printmakers, visitors will get the chance to make their own etchings. These workshops will take place between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, and there may be a small charge for these activities.

There will be sessions throughout the weekend in which families can make artworks out of sand. On the Saturday, storytelling and craft activities will be taking place in Clayport Library from 11.00 am, with some of these activities priced at £1.00.

The art market is part of the Art Durham 2018 festival, which is organised by Durham County Council and Durham University.

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Sand sculptures 

Durham County Council’s visual arts manager, Cllr Lucy Jenkins, said, “The outdoor art market is a great way for local artists to promote and sell their work and we are delighted at the range of work that will be on display.”

“As part of the festival, we are also keen for people of all ages and abilities to create their own art and get involved with the sessions we have on offer throughout the weekend.”

Art Durham 2018 is a small-scale pilot festival which is testing ideas for what will hopefully become an annual visual arts festival from 2020 onwards.

In more arty Durham news, a mosaic-covered, wall-like piece of art was recently completed in the county. The wall included hundreds of messages from local people saying why they were proud to live in County Durham.

(The featured image shows tile-painting workshops.)

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