Having firmly established itself as one of the country's best art and design markets, Finders Keepers is shaking things up when it returns to The Royal Exhibition Building this July. One of two yearly events (the other will drop in summer), the autumn/winter season will have more of a 'festival' vibe with the introduction of an extensive food and entertainment program.
The focus remains on supporting independent and up-and-coming artisans, but the market is also ramping up its food, drink and entertainment offerings. Expect a whole host of food trucks to be on standby when the post-shop hunger strikes — covering everything from curry and falafels to coffee and loukoumades. Various musical acts will provide the soundtrack as you wander the stalls including DJ sets by Mojo Juju and former Triple J host Alex Dyson.
On the art and design side of things, many of the usual suspects are set to return, including Bridget Bodenham's gold-embellished porcelain and quirky candles from You, Me & Bones. Plus, there'll be debut exhibitions from the likes of jewellery brands Little Fear and Kitsu and artist Design Pulp.
As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting emerging artists, Finders Keepers has introduced a new Artist Program. As the autumn/winter 2018 recipient, textile label Magpie Goose's Tiwi Bird design, in collaboration with Bede Tungatulum, is featured across all market collateral for the season.
Prepare to spend a good chunk of time foraging for artsy finds for yourself or a loved one. Luckily, this year's trading hours have been extended to give you maximum shopping time, with things kicking off at midday on Friday, July 13. And, if you're the type to experience non-buyer's remorse, never fear: tickets are $5, available at the door and valid for the entire weekend, so you can always make a return visit.
Start creating your shopping list now and head to the Finders Keepers directory to see the full scope of vendors.
Finders Keepers Autumn/Winter Melbourne will run from July 13–15, 2018; 12pm–9pm on Friday, 10am–6pm on Saturday and 10am–5pm on Sunday.
Images: Mark Lobo.