Fre­man­tle mar­ket boost for cre­ative stall­hold­ers

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

FORM’s new ini­tia­tive, the West End Col­lec­tive, is set to raise the pro­file of some of the Pil­bara’s cre­ative mi­crobusi­nesses.

The col­lec­tive is a net­work of small-busi­ness par­tic­i­pants in the West End Mar­kets and aims to give stall­hold­ers a chance to get ex­po­sure in a larger and more com­pet­i­tive mar­ket scene.

Six of the most es­tab­lished stall­hold­ers in the col­lec­tive have been cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in one of the State’s most prom­i­nent mak­ers mar­kets — the Fre­man­tle Bazaar Christ­mas mar­ket. The Fre­man­tle Bazaar runs for three days next month and is a hotspot for pick­ing up some of WA’s finest lo­cally de­signed and crafted wares.

The six busi­nesses and artists se­lected for the Fre­man­tle Bazaar are pho­tog­ra­pher Stu­art Bell, artist He­len Komene, Spinifex Hill Artists and home decor busi­nesses Gypsy-Rose De­signs, Pom­peii Linen and Muesli and Yoghurt.

FORM re­gional pro­grams co-or­di­na­tor Katie Evans said the col­lec­tive was a huge op­por­tu­nity for the Pil­bara’s cre­ative small busi­nesses.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for the par­tic­i­pants — all of whom have par­tic­i­pated in some ca­pac­ity in our cre­ative busi­ness de­vel­op­ment se­ries — to put their learn­ings in place and show­case/sell their work to a larger au­di­ence,” she said.

FORM is seek­ing spon­sors to cover $8000 in costs in­volved with the West End Col­lec­tive par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Fre­man­tle Bazaar.

“(We are) look­ing for a freight com­pany to spon­sor the ship­ping of the items to Perth and another spon­sor to as­sist with the flights,” Ms Evans said.

Stall­hold­ers can ap­ply to be fea­tured on the West End Col­lec­tive by fill­ing out an ap­pli­ca­tion avail­able from the Court­house Gallery and form.net.au. To be­come a spon­sor, con­tact Ms Evans on 9173 1064 or katie@form.net.au.

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