The Southsea Night Markets are returning to Portsmouth for a second year, to offer a touch of the Mediterranean night market to residents and visitors. The night markets will run from 4:00pm to 8:00pm every Friday in July, starting Friday 3rd July, on the site of the new ARTches project, where vacant arches between the Square and Round Towers will be converted into studio spaces.
Southsea Night Markets will build on the phenomenal success of the 2014 Markets in bringing together some of the best of Portsmouth and Southsea’s artists, artisans and makers to sell their handmade items on Southsea seafront. Visitors to the night market could find unique illustrations and prints; knitted and crocheted items; jewellery and accessories; or hand- thrown pottery and ceramics.
This year’s Markets move from the seafront to the area just in front of the Round Tower on Broad Street, on the way to Spice Island in Old Portsmouth. Also new for this year is the organisation of the Markets by the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium, doing so with the full support of Portsmouth City Council. The Council recognised the positive impact of the 2014 Markets and have been eager to facilitate the inclusion of this year’s Markets in Portsmouth and Southsea’s incredibly varied summer 2015 events schedule.
Co-organiser Tom West says one of the most positive outcomes from the 2014 Markets was how engaged visitors became with the sellers, “It was incredible to see people’s reactions to learning everything on offer was there because the person behind the stall had made it. There was immediate respect for the creativity, originality and skill of those involved.”
The Markets were set up following Portsmouth City Council’s 2014 decision to allow artists and artisans to sell their handmade wares along part of Southsea seafront for free, providing they held public liability insurance. This opportunity remains for those wishing to set up on the seafront; the Southsea Night Markets offers sellers the opportunity to come together as a united and passionate community that supports one another’s entrepreneurial efforts, as well as Portsmouth and Southsea’s vibrant creative scene.
Use #SouthseaNights on Twitter and Instagram to share experiences of the Markets, and visit the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium website at portsconsort.com to keep up to date with the latest news.
Photo by Matthew Cleveland.