Northern Lights Shine on Stockport


market-place-studiosAre you looking for a unique gift for that special someone? Or perhaps you want to invest in a piece of art, design or contemporary craft? Perhaps you’re interested in supporting the best up-and-coming creative talent in the North? Or are you interested in learning something creative for yourself?

Now there is a space where you can do all of the above under one roof – and it’s on your doorstep! Marketplace Studios in Stockport’s historic Market Square is an exciting initiative from Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. The Studios are a ‘graduate incubator’, providing start-up business support to new northern talent, and also providing locals with a retail outlet for discovering or commissioning unique, one-off pieces of art, design or contemporary craft.

Marketplace Studios is also helping to resurrect Stockport as the ‘Home of Hatting’, with not one, but TWO resident milliners creating unique and wearable show-stopping headgear!

Manager Clare Knox-Bentham said: “If you’re interested in developing your own creative side, Marketplace Studios also offers a range of workshops of all varieties for adults and young people. So we’re not only a hub for talent development for our own residents, but we’re also providing opportunities for local people to have a go at developing their own skills.”

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