I literally stumbled across The Substation Market recently and was pleasantly surprised by this stunning venue and the quality of the wares on display inside.
The Substation was built in the 1800’s however, these days it’s been renovated into a visual arts gallery, dance studo and performance space. One of it’s aims is to engage with local artists to utilise the space and develop their work. This not-for- profit group have done a splendid job on making this a useable, inviting space for people to visit.
Anne from Bling Room and Body Fragrances has created her own range of fragrances using essential oils. The entire room was wafting with the floral and citrus aromas. You can find more information on Anne’s products here.
As I strolled around the first floor amongst stallholders, the musicians started to set up for a performance. A mixture of cellos and guitars, young and old performers, cloaked with large red drapes on the stage. Once the music started, it changed the mood and became a little more light-hearted for everyone.
There were no fruit and veggies, cheese and dips, baked goods or jams and chutneys. On this day the market was more hand made craft. (wait – there was someone selling organic fudge).
These polymer clay earrings (above) by Bejewelled Necklaces and the necklaces (below) by Samantha Jones Designs are an example of the hand made quality of the products. Great colours, modern colourful designs and beautifully packaged.
At the entrance to The Substation on the lower floor was the first stall which set the standard for everyone above. Totally Innocent have a clever range of artwork that suits people of all ages. If you’d like to give a gift that’s a little different, then check out Lou’s cleverly designed artwork at Totally Innocent.
I was blown away with the quality of Lou’s work and her ability to create whimsical, colourful and positive artwork that has a subtle message for all of us. Her flashcards relate well to ‘mindfulness’ which is taught in most schools. If anyone is in the Education Department, you should chase Lou down and see her work.
There were only 27 stallholders on the day I visited and was told there are sometimes more, sometimes less. The market has started to gain a following and the venue certainly can support more displays.
Roz McQuillan Fine Art (above) has some stunning photos and prints that were on display. Roz is a well known artist, having won a number of awards for her work. The volume of work that she’s made over the years is outstanding and that would be why she is commissioned for work and has had a number of solo exhibitions. You can see more of Roz’s work here.
Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along so plastic bags don’t have to be used. Also try to bring smaller notes. We all know that the ATM’s dispense $50’s and stall holders are prepared for that but when so many people turn up with larger notes it becomes problematic for them.
STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to The Substation website here.
OPENING HOURS: 10am to 3pm. Operates the first Sunday of every month except in January.
LOCATION: 1 Market Street, Newport.
PARKING: There are a plenty of places to park around The Substation. It’s free for up to two hours and a dedicated carpark out the front of the Substation.
TRANSPORT: There are buses and trains nearby. Find more information here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access on on dedicated ramp. Lots of space between stalls.
ATM: The nearest is in Mason Street on the outside of the Celebration store plus there is one inside t the IGA across the road. They are about 500m from the market.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Not permitted as this is an order market.
FOOD: There is a coffee cart at the entrance that makes excellent hot drinks and has some small cakes. Or you can buy some cakes from one of the stallholders.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available downstairs including disabled facilities.
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