Artist Vivian Martin puts up his colourful art   for sale at the Lismore Vintage and Handmade Market.
Artist Vivian Martin puts up his colourful art for sale at the Lismore Vintage and Handmade Market. Yvonne Gardiner

'Massive potential': Lismore market hailed an artistic hub

ARTIST Vivian Martin is a regular at the monthly Lismore Vintage and Handmade Market.

He describes his contemporary art as "a form of portraiture with breakaways to abstraction and anomalies".

"My subjects are humans and their interaction with the world and a form of reality, plus subjects that create an opportunity to create your own narrative."

Vivian, a South Lismore-based artist, is a photographer and former filmmaker and animator.

He says the Lismore market is relaxed and stallholders can bargain and talk directly with anyone interested in buying.

He also exhibits in smaller galleries like Fox Photo Den, Lismore art space, shops and pop-ups like the old post office fringe show.

Tweed Regional Gallery has shown his work in the Border Art Prize, an exhibition held every second year in Murwillumbah - and coming up this year from May 25 to July 15.

Vivian says the Northern Rivers arts scene has "massive potential".

"We have more artists per acre than anywhere else in most of the artistic fields, and unique quality," he says.

"My aims as an artist are to make a living from my art, plus enjoy the process and give entertainment to the viewer and purchaser."

The Lismore Vintage and Handmade Market is held on the first Saturday of the month, from 10am to 2pm, in the grounds of the city's original high school - now The Conservatorium of Music, 152 Keen St.

It showcases an eclectic and diverse range of evolving stalls, from upcycled clothing, jewellery, homewares plus more items handmade by crafters and makers.


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