Wigan Makers Market - December 2018
Very soon after Helena’s acceptance into the Wigan Open Exhibition came the Wigan Makers Market in The Old Courts - a beautiful building with so much history, what a fabulous place to hold Wigan’s first Makers Market where like minded creatives come together to sell their wares. It was immense fun and very festive, we got to meet lots of people and see some beautiful ‘me made’ products. We’re hoping this was not the last Makers market in Wigan and with the number of people that came by we suspect it might not be.
Wigan Open Exhibition
Helena was honoured to submit three pieces to the Wigan Open Exhibition and have all three accepted, to say she was shocked would be an understatement. The exhibition took place in The Old Courts, a beautiful building in the centre of Wigan that holds all kind of events including concerts, plays and exhibitions. Helena had to drop her pieces off the week before the opening and then we attended the open evening which was spectacularly well attended. From this Helena was contacted by a local journalist who wanted to do a piece on her and her work for the local paper and the resultant piece can be seen in the gallery. The piece ‘The Face of Wigan’ is available as an A5 greetings card and was for sale in the Makers Market along with a greetings card of ‘The Wiend’ a popular historical alleyway in Wigan town centre.
International Comics Expo (ICE) Birmingham - September 2018
After the superb time we had at Manchester Comics and Reading Festival, art ninetwo decided to attend ICE in Birmingham, and even we’ve been two years on the trot as visitors and shoppers, this year it was different, we were vendors! We had the most amazing time, we met up with old friends, we made a load more new friends, and the visitors were delightful, it’s amazing who you catch up with when people come up and say “I follow you on Instagram” and you can put a face to a name. We sold some work, we got some commissions but more importantly we met like-minded people who made the day so enjoyable. Thank you to Shane who organises this every year and does a Sterling job. It is such a great event we hope he continues to organise it every year. ICE Brighton takes place later in the year but alas we won’t be attending.
Manchester Comics and Reading Festival - August 2018
artninetwo attended the very first Manchester Comics and Reading Festival in Manchester Central Library on Saturday 18th August. What a beautiful building to hold such an event in with such history and character. The sun shone, the families came out and there were some fantastic cosplay outfits on show. We had a great time catching up with some of the other vendors and chatting with customers who were all wonderful! Thank you to Manchester Central Library for hosting us, the staff were wonderful and could not do enough for us, thanks to Dennis for organising it, what a sterling job he did too! If it happens again next year - count us in!