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All the Mother's Makers Market

TACTILE ARTS' ALL the Mother’s Makers Market springs to life for another year at the Darwin Waterfront, making it the perfect place to find a gift for the mums and mum figures in your life – or perhaps a little something for yourself!

By Jenna Hoare

What’s set to be the biggest Makers Market to date features more than 90 local stallholders showcasing the best of the Top End’s creative flair and wares. Tactile Arts Events Coordinator Millie Hunter says the first Makers Market – formerly Craft Fair – for 2024 is set to be a massive day, abuzz with all sorts of local crafts and entertainment.

“This year, we’ve got lots of different creatives – we’ve got ceramics, we’ve got people who make jewellery, we’ve got people who make clothes, books, all different kinds of things. We’ve got stalls with wonderful gift ideas after receiving so many applications for this year’s event.”

Helen Menzies Pottery creates colourful bunches of ceramic flowers – ideal for those looking for a lasting gift to take home. Treasure hunters can discover homewares in all shapes and sizes, along with one-off maps made from recycled materials, created by another local artist Sue Hunt.

Aboriginal Art Centres, including Injalak Arts, also return this year with a selection of arts and crafts from Arnhem Land. Plus, the Tactile Arts stall showcases a wide range of Top End artists with a selection of handmade products from their local shop.

Hunter says it’s important to support local wherever you can and that’s what this event is all about, with dollars going directly into artist’s pockets.

“The Makers Market event gives artists an opportunity to get their name out there. We also have three shop spaces – one next to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, one at Parliament House, and we’ve recently started trading at the George Brown Botanic Gardens.”

For those new to town, in Darwin for biz, or on a Top End holiday, there’s plenty of reasons to drop by.

“The event is on the lawns of the Darwin Waterfront [and] there’s the wave pool right there, there’s bars and restaurants around the stalls, so you can have a wander and have something to eat and drink, and there's music,” Hunter says.

“It’s definitely something you should come and check out.”


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