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Young Creator's Market stallholders
It was an all-girl event at the Young Creators' Market last year.

Expressions of interest are now being called for the Emerging Young Creators Market on 4 December, which is free to people under 25. 

This artisan market places a strong focus on promoting local designers, ceramicists, jewellery makers and artists.

Last year’s event attracted eight young entrepreneurs and this year’s market is expected to attract even more.

Bundaberg Regional Council arts and culture portfolio spokesman, Cr John Learmonth, urged budding artists to take advantage of the opportunity.

“This is the market’s second year and it’s part of our commitment to support young emerging artists and artisans,” Cr Learmonth said.

“Through this market, local artists under 25 have the opportunity to promote themselves in the local community, but also have a physical presence for people to come and look at their work.

“The staff at Bundaberg Regional Art gallery are extremely helpful and can help guide them in setting up their stalls and providing the best exposure.

“Coming out of COVID it’s vitally important that we support local artists and give them an platform to be seen in our community.”

Mikstitches owner Mikaela Schneider participated in last year's Young Creator's Market.

Market highlights budding artists

Young creators aged under 25-years-old who live in the Bundaberg region are invited to apply.

The market shines a spotlight on the region’s talented young people, such as Mikaela Schneider who took part in last year’s Emerging Young Creators Market.

Mikaela who is known for her embroidery business Mikstitches said she will be reapplying to take part in this year’s market and had a number of new additions to sell.

“My business is called Mikstitches and it all embroidery. I do a lot of decorative pieces and a lot of stitching lyrics and quotes onto hoops and clothing.

“I have started creating new products and will be selling embroidery kits, so people can try it themselves. Embroider is quite easy to pick up and really brings out your creative side.”

The market is free to young artists and unlike other regional markets is made up of a similar demographic.

Mikaela said it was that demographic that made it different and appealing to young artists. 

“It was a really good opportunity to start selling more locally, but also good to get your name out there in person, rather than online,” she said.

“I’ve done a couple of markets and none were as successful as this one. I think the way art gallery organises it is really good, and it really promotes young people.”

The Young Creator’s Market is on Friday, 4 December from 4.30 to 7.30pm in the park next to Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery at 1 Barolin Street.

For more information and to download an application form, click here.

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