Hallam Handmade market returns to celebrate Sheffield artists

After a break due to the pandemic, Hallam Handmade market has been set up once again in Sheffield.

Head Post Office and Hallam Pop-Up Shop have been filled with 34 stalls for the week, showcasing makers’ artworks, from paintings to notebooks.

Most of the stallholders are illustration students from Sheffield Hallam University, seeking to build up their own small business and offer colourful Christmas gifts.

Olivia Tate, an illustrator and student, is one of many participating: “I am very grateful for experiences like Hallam Handmade as it allows me to showcase my business to new audiences that I wouldn’t necessarily reach online.

“I set my online store up in the first lockdown, therefore I haven’t been able to attend many opportunities like this before so being able to do in-person events is new to me but so far has been amazing,” she continued.

Tate has been running her own website olivia_tatedesign since 2020, and this is the first chance for her and her peers to watch people view their work in person.

She said: “One of the amazing things about Sheffield is the art scene and independent businesses.

“This city is full of small businesses and art students bursting with enthusiasm and it is events like Hallam Handmade that make it so clear just how many there are and also reinforces the importance of them as a community to not just the university but Sheffield as a whole. “

The event is open to all and will run until 5pm on 3 December.

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