More than 500 applications were received from stall-holders to be part of Niche Market in 2014. Two markets are held in Launceston each year, showcasing 50-60 high-quality stalls at each event. That really does constitute the niche of Tasmanian design!
Tasmanian Makers Bazaar: Niche Market
The Niche Market is promoted as a “top end, bespoke makers’ market”. Some of Tasmania’s most enduring and popular designers attend every time, while the remaining spaces are distributed between a range of new applicants to keep things fresh and interesting for repeat customers.
Goods range from clothes and jewellery to artwork, soaps, food, flowers and a long list of other must-have local design wares. The next Niche Market is scheduled for April 12 (9:00am – 3:00pm), when Albert Hall in central Launceston will host the show. Customers are promised great parking and easy access to the venue.
Good Cause: St Giles Society
Makers at the Niche Market donate 20% from their proceeds to Tasmania’s St Giles Society. The St Giles organisation was formed 75 years ago in response to the polio pandemic. These days, St Giles still plays an important role in the community, making a positive difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
In 2013 the Niche Market raised more than $100,000. That’s an amazing result! We certainly commend the Tasmanian art, craft and design community for their generous endeavours, and of course the buying public for their contribution too. The money was used to purchase essential equipment for Launceston clients, so let’s hope this year is just as successful.
Venue: Albert Hall, Launceston
Recently, Len Langan wrote about the value of Launceston’s architecture for Think Tasmania. The classical Victorian-style Albert Hall (circa 1891) is considered one of Launceston’s most significant heritage buildings. Albert Hall is owned by Launceston City Council, the local landmark being one of the most significant conference venues in northern Tasmania.
So there you have it: several reasons to visit The Niche Market in Launceston on April 12. Purchase top-quality hand-made goods; support a worthy cause and explore an interesting venue. Look out for the Brindley Organ in the Great Hall section, Australia’s largest surviving organ pre-dating 1860.
You’ll find Albert Hall located opposite City Park, the magnificent outdoor home of Festivale, Launceston’s premier food and wine festival. And if you’re in town for the Niche Market, no doubt you’ll be interested to read one of our most popular articles of all time, detailing lots of other Things to Do in Launceston.
For more information, follow the Niche Market on Facebook; contact Liz Strange by phone (03) 63457 333.
The Niche Market Bazaar is a registered member of Think Tasmania. Photos were supplied by market organisers and depict a cross-sample of handmade Tasmanian products. The organisers of the Niche Market have released a complete list of stallholders for the April 12 event.