Duo aim to launch Margate Made market

Sarah and Lydia want to hold the market in July

A project aimed at showcasing the creative works of people living in Margate has been launched with plans for a hand-made market and community events.

The Margate Made project is headed up by artisans Sarah Gibbon and Lydia Martin,.

Sarah makes beaded jewellery and sells her work locally at markets, in shops and online. Her business is called beadeckedbybeads

Lydia is just returning to work from being a full time mum. She is a visual artist and also works on community arts and development projects.

The pair say the first event will be the market in July, consisting of 30-40 stalls of products handmade by local people such a beaded jewellery, ceramics, prints, clothes, and food.


During the day there will be a programme of activities for both children and adults such as shiatsu for youngsters, pattern cutting, still life drawing and a music jam session. These activities will be run by creative people living in Margate and provide a way for them to meet and talk about their work to the wider community.

Lydia said: “The aim of our Margate Made project is to showcase and celebrate the creativity of people living in Margate through events and activities, and in doing so support people in developing their own skills and confidence. We believe there is so much talent in Margate which the wider community would enjoy, as well as lots of opportunity for people who don’t normally engage in creative activities to engage and learn.

“In the run up to the market event we’ll be organising get togethers and running workshops for people interested in having a stall but who are new to selling their work or engaging with the public and may lack the confidence or know how, as well as those wanting to meet others working in the creative community in Margate. These will be free to attend.

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“We’re about to announce the venue for the market and are keen to hear from creative people living in Margate who would be interested in being part of the market and activities as stall holders, or would like to help us run the event behind the scenes as volunteers. We’re also keen to hear from businesses and individuals who would like to support the project in kind or financially. “

To get in touch about the project email [email protected]