Pontypool Indoor Market Traders get creative

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A number of talented market traders at Pontypool Indoor Market are now displaying their artwork across the Market Hall.  “Art in the Mart” has turned some of the stalls into galleries displaying trader’s paintings, which they created during lockdown to keep themselves busy!  

John Hughes from ‘Unique Art and Collectables’ has only recently become interested in painting. His works are often abstract as he experiments with paints to create expressive forms and colours. Mr Hughes’ method usually involves throwing paint at a canvas to make unusual landscapes and shapes. He turned to art after suffering a nervous breakdown and found that painting really helped him with his mental health. Commenting on his experience, he said: “Our dreams have no limits and are boundless by our imagination. Painting releases me from all the cares and worries of today, as tomorrow will take care of itself.” 

Sian Aubrey from ‘Canal Curiosities,’ also has her work on display in the market. Inspired by nature, she often paints her surroundings which include Tintern Abbey and scenes from the local Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. She explores different mediums from watercolour to ink, experimenting with different colours and styles. Ms Aubrey said, “It’s a great opportunity to display my works in the market alongside my antique business. During lockdown I created a lot of these paintings as a way to pass the time. I have always been interested in art and love creating new works.”   

The Trader’s gallery was set up in a bid to encourage more visitors to the Grade II listed Victorian building which was closed during most of the pandemic. The market is now fully reopen and the businesses are happy to be back trading. 

Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Economy, Skills & Regeneration, said: “Not only are our indoor market traders hard working, they are also creative. 

“Having some of their artwork on display is a great way to say thank you to them for their continued hard work, and one of the many ways the council is encouraging new customers to visit the indoor market. 

“The spaces in the indoor market are flexible and can be easily adapted to suit businesses. So if you are interested in renting a space get in touch with the management team. 

“The indoor market traders would love to see their customers again, so please, next time you are in Pontypool shop local and support your local businesses.” 

Pontypool Indoor Market has many units available for rent, from ventilated catering units to casual stalls providing flexible trading. Rental prices are affordable and competitive, plus new businesses to the market can benefit from our test trade opportunities with up to 30% discount on rents for the first six months. 

If you are interested in locating your business in the Market or have a business idea you would like to share, contact the market manager on 01495 742757 or email pontypoolindoormarket@torfaen.gov.uk

Posted on: Monday 14th June 2021