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Art in the Square
The famous Montmartre district of Paris and local Adelaide treasure, Gilles Street Market, might well be on opposite sides of the world, but together, they have inspired the creation of a special event that's coming to Victoria Square next month.
On Sunday 11 October, from 11am - 5pm, the Square will undergo a transformation, albeit a temporary one.
The result: a fabulous space, reminiscent of a Bohemian village, where South Australian artists and artisans will gather together to sell their wares direct to the public.
The inaugural Victoria Square Art Market 2015 is an initiative of well-known Adelaide artist and DJ, Driller Jet Armstrong, who's keen to circumvent the conventional and cut out the middle man.
There'll be no gallery commissions pushing up the prices – it's a direct relationship between artist and buyer.
A highlight of the market will be five specially selected feature artists: Emma Hack, Annabelle Collett, Simon (Store) Burt, Donovan Christie and Chris Gaston.
Emma Hack at work on her trade-mark blending of female forms and their surroundings.
Interspersed with the art will be stalls selling handmade jewellery and clothing by South Australian designers, quality vintage clothing, objets d'arts and a record fair for music lovers.
Annabelle Collett creates dazzling works from plastic, thumbing her nose at our love affair with the material – and the legacy it manages to create in its path.
Everyone is welcome and the relaxed atmosphere will be perfect for ambling, enjoying the surroundings, the art and chatting with the artists.
As with any great South Australian event, local producers and providers will also be on show.
Simon Burt's (STORE'S) styles vary as much as his choice of medium. He works in aerosol, tattoo, fine arts, graphic design and fashion.
For the thirsty, the Garden party Bar will feature South Australian winemakers and beer brewers and there'll be music by Adelaide's finest music selectors. For the hungry, South Australian owned and operated food trucks will provide a mix of great multi-cultural cuisine.
And, the kids haven't been forgotten, with a special Kids' Zone featuring a mix of art and craft activities.
Donovan Christie takes the onlooker into the setting, encouraging them to recall a fond memory of simpler times.
Though time is getting short, places are still available for artists to be a part of this event. Register via the event's facebook page or by contacting the event coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Victoria Square Art Market is part of the Splash Adelaide Spring program, an Adelaide City Council initiative that aims to bring the under-utilised streets and public places of Adelaide to life.