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Open Market 2014

Art Trail around Brighton Open Market

The community of artists in residents held this event in May 2015 as part of Artists Open Houses 2015. The event publicity remains useful since it documents how the artists' studios in the Open Market are used and including courses and activities which are regularly on offer.












The Market Stalls [ units 1 - 44 ]

Scroll to ground floor stalls on

scroll to artists studios (upstairs via steps or lift)

The stalls on the north side of the Open Market are
1 (west: London Road end) to 22 (east: Ditchling Road end)

Unit 1:  UBU Books
a fantastic selection of secondhand books – from great value reads to rare collectables. [This stall has moved from its old pitch at Unit 10].

Unit 2: Real Patisserie
artisan breads, patisserie, savouries, sandwiches, and the greatest quiches! Everything is made from scratch here in Brighton and served as fresh as possible. Contact telephone numbers (for Brighton & Hove outlets).

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Unit 3: Pets Pantry:
based in the market for over 25 years, Tonia at Pets Pantry provides a wide range of pet food and accessories and offers free local delivery. Mob: 07986 420055 email: petspantrybrighton@yahoo.co.uk

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Unit 4: Market Florist:
an Open Market stalwart, Paul has been the market’s florist for over 30 years! He offers a beautiful range of flowers and plants as well as a great deal of floristry know-how. The Market Flower Shop has been established since 1960 and has been known by many different names through the years. We offer complete floral design service and cater for all types of occasions. Facebook page. Tel: 01273 690726; email: marketflowershop@yahoo.co.uk

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Unit 5: The Flying Saucer Cafe specialises in fine loose leaf teas and artisan coffee. A focus on local and organic produce including; juices, amazing cakes, gourmet sandwiches, pies, scotch eggs and freshly made ice cream. Look out for collaborations award winning street food vendors. @brighton_saucer.

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Unit 6: Brighton Apothecary herbal shop and advice centre is run by a team of dedicated and professional medical herbalists with a passion for using herbs to heal. They provide advice and personally tailored remedies following a free mini-consultation, as well as high-quality natural health and beauty products. Mobile: 07477 886777; Email: brightonapothecary@gmail.com

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Unit 7: Buttons and Bows Haberdashery:
John and Bob have been the market’s haberdashers since the 1980s. They provide a wide range of haberdashery, crafts materials, fabrics, knitting yarns and much more.

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Unit 8: RADIO REVERB: Brighton community Radio station records live everyday from here.


Unit 9: Foodshed:
a social enterprise focussing on locally grown/reared and made produce. We offer demos and workshops to help our customers learn about the processes that come with the food they buy. Our ‘rent a shelf scheme’ allows local producers to sell their wares. All profits are ploughed back into the community through a grant scheme. facebook.com/foodshedbrighton and @foodshedbtn. Email: foodshedbrighton@gmail.com

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Unit 10: recently vacated by Ubu Books which has moved to Unit 1 at the London Road end of the market.


Unit 11: Potter's Thumb:

A Brighton based studio pottery run by potter Mark Ciavola. The art and craft of ceramics runs in Mark’s family (through his mother) and through his own interests during a childhood in Malta. When Mark left there for the UK, he learned new techniques and skills under the guidance of potters such as Phil Rogers, Michael Casson, Terry and Beverly Bell - Hughes amongst others, before furthering his studies in Harrogate College and Cardiff institute for Higher Eductaion.

​Mark has since been involved in projects such as stop motion animation, illustration and mostly teaching arts and ceramics at various levels up to BTEC national diploma at MCAST in Malta. His favourite materials are clay, stoneware, earthenware, pottery.


Unit 12: Victor Charles Patrick Mears:
Pat and his family have been selling fruit and veg in the market for more than three decades.

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Unit 13: RAT & STRUMPETJack Hill:
Owned by Jack Hill, this stall sells vintage pieces, tools, leather bags and accesories.


Units 14 & 15: Streets Café:
The Streets Café offers a traditional English breakfast as well as lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The cafe caters for everyone including vegetarians, gluten free, calorie controlled diets, and children’s meals.

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Unit 16: Objet D'art:
bringing a wide range of antiques and collectables to the market – French art Deco lamps, bronzes, glass, and furniture and much more. Phone: 07825524879 Email: garyelmer943@yahoo.co.uk

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Unit 18: 18 Grocery:
wholesale and retail Thai herbs, spices, Chinese, Japanese, Korean seasonal fruits and vegetables, dry foods, fresh produce and products from all over the world. Mobile: 07788912056

Unit 19: Mohammed – Spice of Life:
Chef Mohammed presents a range of his award-winning Bangladeshi and Indian subcontinent fresh, home-cooked chilled dishes; Bangla snacks, sweets and desserts; freshly mixed spices; groceries and Halal products. Mobile: 07985176812; Email: info@mohammedspiceoflife.co.uk


Unit 20: Artpothecary

Coming soon.


Unit 21: Shaboutique is a working studio where local artists take recycling to the next level. Home interiors such as armchairs, tables, lighting, cushions as well as clothing and accessories and handmade cards will be on display. All one of a kind and made from materials rescued from the local waste stream. www.facebook.com/shaboutiquebrighton and @shaboutiquebtn

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Unit 22: Unit 22:
adding some whimsy to the market, Beth and Charlotte at Unit 22 make beautiful, hand-made fairy dresses that are sure to appeal to children! They also offer a lovely range of locally produced fashion and accessories for girls and women. Facebook page.

The stalls on the east side of the Open Market are
23, 24, 25 at the east entrance near the bus stop opposite The Level

Unit 23: Jessica Beauty Salon:
offers a wide range of beauty services including hairdressing for women and men, nail care, and a variety of cosmetics and beauty products.

Unit 24: Currently available. Contact the Market Manager (Paul Tricker) on 01273 695728

Unit 25: Eco Makers Emporium:
A tantalizing trove of eco chic treasures, unique handmade and upcycled clothing made by Darryl Black. Plus, vintage assemblage jewellery by Missy T Rocks and Maria Tilyard’s 50’s print menagerie of strangely alluring animals. Darryl Black makes her own unique, handmade, upcycled clothing, accessories and jewellery, with guest makers from time to time. Her ethos is Ethical, Sustainable & Fairtrade. Darryl also runs upcycling classes and workshops for small groups and individuals. www.facebook.com/DarrylBlackClothing and @dbEcoClothing

The stalls on the south side of the Open Market are
26 (east: Ditchling Road end) to 44 (west: London Road end)


Unit 26: Rainbow Organic Chocolate:

A selection of artisan handmade chocolates by ace chocolatier Suzanne.


Unit 27: Smith&Crumble:
this new, vibrant t-shirt company from East Sussex has created a truly unique brand that is off the beaten track. The simplicity & uniqueness in their designs are created to ensure you stand out from the crowd. https://twitter.com/SmithandCrumble.

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Unit 28: Pelotas - our toys focus on encouraging the developmentnof hand to eye coordination. All of our juggling and circus props are thoroughly tested by literally hundreds of children in a field. Our quality wooden toys are solid, sturdy and long lasting. Facebook site.


Unit 29: Currently available. Contact the Market Manager (Paul Tricker) on 01273 695728


Unit 30: Smorl's Houmous Falafel and Salad Bar:
Home of Brighton’s much-loved “Smorl’s Houmous” range, Sarah and Christian offer freshly fried falafel, houmous and salad pittas, salad boxes, house-made sauces and relishes, organic cold drinks, as well as chick peas, falafel mix, pittas, olive oil and everything you need to make your own at home.

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Unit 31: Tea and honey

A collaboration between Chi [ Facebook ] and Green Valleys – we are two businesses that were previously temporary stall holders at Brighton Open Market and are delighted to open a permanent premises together.

Chi [ Twitter site ] bring a diverse range of high quality teas, accessories and freshly roasted coffees from around the world to Brighton. Our tea range includes classic estate teas, flavoured blends, organically grown tea, tea endorsed by the Ethical Tea Partnership and tea inspired by Brighton to take home and enjoy.

Green Valleys is a Brighton based company specialising in raw and natural honey products. Kris offers an ever growing selection of honey and honey-based products from Sussex and around the world. As well as being a natural sweetener, raw honey is also used for wellness and can naturally boost energy and build the immune system.

 Unit 32: Kor-Pan

Traditional Korean and Japanese food including bibimbap and sushi, catering too for vegan and vegetarian. kor-pan@outlook.com  Tel: 07553 244483


Unit 33/34: Principal Meats:

the market's traditional butcher offers a great variety of game, local meat and homemade sausages. Phone: 01273 620030

Unit 35: Pacta Now: Handmade natural and organic wines, olive oils, pure white truffle oil and vinegars from artisan producers across Central and Eastern Europe; local non-alcoholic liquids, still and sparkling fruit juices, sauces and condiments.

Unit 36: McStrongs

Coming soon

Unit 37/38: Dave Ovett & Sons:
the “Bacon King of Brighton” has been offering up eggs and local bacon – cut fresh every day – at the market for over 30 years!

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Unit 39 : Raw Health Bar we offer organic cold-pressed juices at affordable prices, created in a friendly, vibrant atmosphere. We also have a delicious selection of Superfood Smoothies, nut and seed mylks, wheatgrass shots and handmade organic raw chocolate.



Unit 40: Kouzina:
this Modern Rustic Greek speciality cafe offers delicious, healthy light meals including hot toasted Greek sandwiches, veggie moussaka, beautiful stuffed vegetables, Mediterranean salads, deliciously robust lentil and bean dishes, and ‘mezze’ plates – all lovingly prepared from locally-sourced, organic produce.

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Unit 41: Currently available. Contact the Market Manager (Paul Tricker) on 01273 695728


Unit 42: Jason's Egg Shop:
Jason has been trading in the Open Market for 28 years and has a range of locally produced eggs, and cheeses as well as dried fruits and bacon.

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Unit 43: The Fruit Shop:
this old fashioned green grocer offers high quality at a fair price. 10% off to students and free delivery to local businesses.


Unit 44: Lock, Stock and Barrel:
key cutting and locksmith services, with 24 hour call out available. Phone: 01273 681999


Unit 45: Studio 45
exhibits the work of a wide range of local artists


The Artists' Studios [ studio 1 - 12 ]

Download plan of market stalls & studios with key [1.1 MB]

These are upstairs on the south side - take the stairs or lift:
1 (west: London Road end) to 12 (east: Ditchling Road end)

From the London Road Entrance:

A: The Specky Wren Opticians 1-2 Marshall’s Row (nr London Rd Entrance):
Supports local artists and creative minds. We have year round art displays nestled in the shop alongside our glasses and a 6ft dragon fly carving perched outside above our doorway. For May's 2015 Artist Open House festival we have a myriad of art on show from a variety of local artists. The Specky Wren and Open Market will be a hive of creative energy. @speckywren #spectacleofart

B: Studio 45 Unit 45 (opposite the Specky Wren):
Studio 45 exhibits local artists, both established and new, contemporary and traditional, covering a wide variety of work including ceramics, stone, wood and metal sculpture, jewellery, original paintings and prints.

C: Unit 5: The Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer will again be proudly illuminating ‘Partially Obscured’s’ sumptuous, contemporary ‘L ghtBOX’ collection. This year, accompanied by the equally mesmerising and sometimes provocative work of Neon artist Darren West (pictured). Moving images will be projected onto a new ‘micro cinema’ on the wall outside the cafe.

D: The Artpothecary:

We are an independent Brighton based shop that sells creative materials to artists and makers. We stock materials for many different kinds of projects; from model making to sculpture, cosplay, theatre, film, special fx, fine art, mouldmaking, casting, animation, craftmaking, jewellerymaking... and we are always looking for more areas to cater for so please get in touch if you have any advice for us!

E: Open Arts:
an arts studio where we run weekly visual and performing arts courses and a Sunday pop-up gallery shop. The project is a unique collaboration between Autism Sussex, Grace Eyre and Impetus, designed to bring arts opportunities to people with Asperger’s / Autism or learning disabilities. Every Saturday in May we will also have stall downstairs at the market, selling beautiful artwork and other produce made by Autism Sussex service users.

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F: Studio Woody:
the market’s illustrator-in-residence Woody (a.k.a Zara Wood). Expect to see art posters, limited edition screen prints, ethical fashion and design-led stationery.

G: Love The Rock Tattoo:
Appointment only tattoo studio.

H: Alison McGechie - Artist Maker:
An eclectic mix of 3D work inspired by the human form and hand-crafted in natural materials. Stone, wood, metal and ceramic sculpture; original pastel life-drawings; and hand-built ceramic vessels for home and garden. All work on show is for sale and private commissions are welcomed. See here for weekend demonstrations and week day workshops.
















I: Partially Obscured:
Partially Obscured is run by Su Wilson a Glass Designer, Fabricator and Instructor with 20 years experience. From her workshop, Su produces her creations and teaches Glass Fusing and Slumping Courses. At the workshops, you will learn to cut glass to measured sizes. You will learn about different glass qualities, gather information for basic firing schedules, and work in a safe and creative environment. The workshops offer a wonderful introduction to the art of kiln-formed glass. You will work with a variety of Bullseye glass stock, known for it’s rich colours from transparent to opal. Through tuition you will gain an understanding of how to manipulate the materials, techniques and processes to produce your own unique pieces. Using sheet glass, stringers (think glass spaghetti) and grit (grains of glass), you will be shown how to cut glass and add inclusions. Your creations will then be fired in “Kiki” the kiln and be ready for collection a week later or posted for a small additional charge.No prior glass experience is necessary, just a whole heap of enthusiasm! This course is designed to give you a taste into the vast opportunities’ that glass kiln-forming can offer.

J: Pear Shaped Apparel:

We've been designing, printing and creating original garments for our in house brand 'Pear Shaped Apparel' since 2007. We now stock a large range of independent brands from around the UK including A.IN.T, Stussy, Rebel 8, NICCE, ATG, Madina & Immune Ltd. We double up as a graphic design agency. Follow us for info: @pearshapeduk. Facebook page.

K: Sew fabulous Community Interest Company:
Our aim is to offer sewing classes for kids and adults that can be accessed by everyone... not just those with cash to splash. As we said before, we are now registered as a CIC ( community interest company) . This basically means that any profits we make go back into the business in order to make that aim a reality. Sewing is an incredibly useful and valuable skill to possess, and the fab TV programme The Great British Sewing Bee has helped to make it a popular pastime once again. We want to build on that and offer really useful learning to all... and especially to people who may not be able to access that learning due to financial hardship or personal circumstance. Email: sewfabhq@gmail.com

L: Oh! Studio:

At Oh! Studio every design is inspired by a special life experience and provides a unique way to tell your personal story. Oh! Studio illustrate each of their designs by hand. Now a collective of illustrators they are staging an exhibition of contemporary illustration inspired by Brighton. There are prints, objects and cards for sale by Oliver Hydes, Lizzie Bass and Rob Wills.

Views of the gallery (access: stairs or lift)





























































Video clip [1 min 42 sec]:
The Hullaballoo Community Quire











Video clip [3 min 36 sec]:
Brighton Lindyhoppers dancing to jazz swing band Harry's Tricks













Opening Ceremony

Video clip [2 min 19 sec]:
Opening ceremony by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex












Preliminary Speeches

Cllr Brian Fitch (the Mayor), Victoria (Brighton Open Market Community Interest Company), Pat Mears (trader) and Jason Kitcat (leader of BHCC)

Video clip [3 min 19 sec]:
Preliminary speeches by those involved in the project






























































Official website: www.brightonopenmarket.co.uk

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On the hunt for traders for Brighton's Open Market [The Argus]

Ethical Property and stalls in Brighton's Open Market.

Ethical Property and workshops in Brighton's Open Market

Background to the redevelopment of Brighton's Open Market

Art Commission - Open Market Gateway

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