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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Christmas pop-up to support local artists

Novocastrians searching for a unique creative Christmas gift can also show their support for local artists by purchasing from the Blackstone Gallery’s Pop-Up Christmas Emporium this weekend.

Exclusive lino prints, festive cards, handmade jewellery and silkscreen works will be among the locally-produced offerings at the Hunter Street arts hub until Saturday 19 December.

The pieces are the works of local artists including Alessia Sakoff, Marguerite Tierney and Justin Lees.

Blackstone Gallery Newcastle co-owner Tim Moran says this weekend’s final pop-up shop will be a fun way to end the year for the gallery, while also supporting local talent.

“It’s been a difficult year for many people and many artists, and we wanted to send off 2020 with one last crack at helping our creative community get back on its feet,” he said.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have the support we’ve had through this tough time, and we want to give back and continue supporting our partners.”

Gallery co-owner Marguerite Tierney said, despite the challenges faced in 2020, the local arts community had experienced great support.

“It’s been a tough year all round,” she said.

“But that didn’t stop people from turning up to our recent Works On Paper Prize.

“We’re stoked that the local community keeps on showing up for art, it’s so encouraging for us to see.”

The Blackstone Gallery’s Pop-Up Christmas Emporium will be open from 10.30am to 3pm.