15th January 2023 Community

Looking back on UpMarket Market 2022

In the splendidly refurbished Bonnington Café, 17 local creatives and friends of Bonnington Square and Vauxhall Grove opened our first Christmas Market. With the support of BACCA, the event was on the weekend of 8,9 & 10 December. It was a vibrant and Christmassy showcase of Arts and Crafts.

UpMarket Market was very much a community event and in the spirit of ‘buy local’. Pulled together by Grove resident, Lucy Bodenham, a jewellery maker in her spare time in a garden shed in Peckham.

Our stall holders made contacts and sold handmade products. A diverse selection of independents included, The Chocolate Detective, Elniovoe’s elegant African fabric bags, Jodie Boyd’s natural lotions and potions from Neals Yards Remedies, fine jewellery from Tales of the Earth, and even knitwear from one of our doyennes of the Square, Sandra Roe.

We also showcased individual artists, such as Beth Higgins cards based on drawings of the Magic Garden and surrounds of Bonnington Square, and Gianinna Delphino’s individually handmade sketchbooks.

The event enjoyed good footfall of visitors from Lambeth and further afield. Feedback was positive with many enjoying the Christmas atmosphere of mince pies provided generously by Maria Bartok, and mulled hot drinks provided by Jo Culf.

Oliver of Cat Cut Cards, showcasing a form of pop-up cards, said: “It was my first market ever, so to have a space where I was welcomed and able to explore hosting a stall was amazing.”

We look forward to hosting the Christmas market again in 2023. There is also an enthusiastic groundswell for a Summer Market during 2023 at the Café Gallery and to include tea and cakes. Please register your interest by mail to lucy.boden@gmail.com.

The 2022 UpMarket Market Creatives contacts list:

1. Diana da Silva – Candles, incense, jewellery Email: dianads73@hotmail.com

2. Jo Culf – jewellery – Tales from the Earth

3. Rita Keegan – Jewellery

4. Gina Nembhard – Jewellery / cards Email: gina1uk2001@yahoo.co.uk

5. Jodie Boyd – Neal’s Yard products

6. Hexagon Quilters – Quilted craft: meganddo@yahoo.co.uk

7. Beth Higgins – Cards based on drawings and paintings

8. Giannina Delpino – paintings, prints and self-published books

9. Tess Stone – Illustration/ Cards

10. Lucy Bodenham – Jewellery & Vintage

11. The Chocolate Detective – Chantal Coady

12. Elniovoe Donnatella – Ethnic African textiles Email: donnatella.rothschild@gmail.com

13. Mahalia Kamanda – Quilted craft Email: m.kamanda0720201@arts.ac.uk

14. Sandra Roe – Knit wear, gloves & scarves. Email: sandra.roe0@gmail.com

15. Bettina Wilhelm-Exley – Vintage.

16. Oliver Andraos – Cat Cut Cards.

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