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 Sydney this May. One of two yearly events (the other will drop in summer), the Autumn/Winter session 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 and drink and entertainment offerings. Expect a whole host of food trucks to be on standby when the post-shop hunger strikes — covering everything from tacos and chutney to coffee and chocolate. And a roster of musical acts — including Central Coast duo Chymes and Purple Sneakers DJ Martin Novosel — will provide the soundtrack to your tour of the stalls.
On the art and 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. Indigenous community art centre Injalak Art will be on-site showcasing a number of its members' paintings and basket weavings as part of the inaugural Finders Keepers Indigenous Program. This new initiative is part of Finders Keepers' ongoing commitment to supporting emerging artists.
A second program, the Finders Keepers Artist Program, will see the Tiwi Bird design by Bede Tungatalum for textile label Magpie Goose featured across all market collateral for the season. Plus, there'll be debut exhibitions from the likes of visual artist The Lost Collective and accessories brand Wmen The Label.
Prepare to spend a good chunk of time foraging for artsy finds for yourself or a loved one — a friendly reminder that Mother's Day is the following weekend, too. Luckily, this year's trading hours have been extended to give you maximum shopping time, with things kicking off at midday on Friday.
If you want to start creating your shopping list, head to the Finders Keepers directory to see the full scope of vendors.
Finders Keepers Autumn/Winter Market will run from May 4–6, 2018; 12pm–9pm on Friday, 10am–6pm on Saturday and 10am–5pm on Sunday.
Images: Mark Lobo