Lost and Found Market
12–4pm, Saturday 8 April - Great Hall and North Quad
For the first time, the Lost and Found Market is bringing its unique range of independent designers, and arts and crafts to the Arts Centre.
Being held in the Great Hall and North Quad on Saturday, 8 April, the market will feature about 50 carefully curated stalls, including independent designers, handmade arts and crafts, a vintage emporium, live music, and food and coffee.
It will run from midday until 4pm, with most of the stalls located in the historic Great Hall (1882). The hall re-opened to the public in 2016 after being extensively strengthened, repaired and restored, with most of this restoration work intentionally hidden beneath its beautiful heritage fabric. It is now open to the community daily and available for public hire.
The remainder of stalls will be in the adjacent North Quad, a popular student gathering space when the Arts Centre housed Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury). Today it is open to the public daily – providing a peaceful haven for visitors.
Lost and Found Market Director Abbie Pickrill is passionate about bringing independent designers and arts and crafts to the forefront, and enjoys encouraging new and emerging stall holders.
“By showcasing a carefully selected and eclectic range of independent makers and vendors, in a beautiful setting that is the Arts Centre, I hope to give the market-goer a unique shopping experience to remember,” she says.
While the Arts Centre has no firm plans to bring back its famous weekend markets, hosting the Lost and Found Market is a good way of testing interest and will help inform planning into the future.