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Our Story

  • ABOUT HANDMADE

    Handmade is held over a weekend in March, June, September and December each year, from 10am until 4pm both days. There is an extra Friday night market in December for an unbeatable atmosphere of excitement. The venue is Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) and Handmade can be found in the Budawang and Coorong Pavilions. Exhibition Park in Canberra is on the corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue in Mitchell.

    Parking and entry are free, although we always ask visitors to make a gold coin donation to our door charity. EPIC has all the facilities expected of a big venue. The next market is on 7 & 8 September 2019.

  • CANBERRA'S CREATIVE MARKET

    With an attendance of over 20,000, many of whom travel to Canberra just for the event, Handmade is a great place to buy unique artisan products while supporting Australian small businesses.

    The Handmade Market leads the way in homewares, fashion and food. Held at EPIC in Canberra, the market was launched in 2008 and attracts 270 local and interstate designers and producers, all of whom hand craft their products here in Australia.

  • AUSTRALIAN MADE

    With so many talented designers and producers here in Australia, it’s easy to find beautiful products that haven’t had to travel a long way and have been made with love.

    The Handmade Market is the perfect place for designers and producers to launch new Australian made products onto the market without the cost and burden of setting up a shopfront. Handmade’s customers can meet the people behind the product, knowing they will always find something new and support our very own Australian designers.

    Handmade has been accredited as a Retail Supporter with the Australian Made Campaign, which illustrates our commitment to selling only Australian Made products at the market – something that makes us unique.

Handmade is a quarterly market that brings together the best of Australian design and produces. With over 270 stalls of gifts, homewares, fashion and food, it is the biggest indoor market in the region, curated and committed to quality.
ABOUT HANDMADE
The Handmade Market is the perfect place for designers and producers to launch new Australian made products onto the market without the cost and burden of setting up a shopfront. Handmade’s customers can meet the people behind the product, knowing they will always find something new and support our very own Australian designers.
AUSTRALIAN MADE
Handmade canberra exists to be a successful platform to facilitate connections between Australian designers, producers, our customers and the community
OUR MISSION

OUR STORY

What seems a lifetime ago now, back in 2008, Julie Nichols launched the very first Handmade Market. Canberra had some great markets, but none that really catered just to handmade designers. Having very little money but a great business plan and vision, Julie launched the first market with a focus on local designers and just 35 stalls. Thousands of shoppers came, making the Handmade Market an instant hit.

The market outgrew Albert Hall, The Yarralumla Woolshed and the Kamberra Wine Company, before finding a home at the National Convention Centre, where crowds regularly numbered 15,000. For a while, the Handmade Shop in Canberra’s CBD provided Handmade with a permanent shopfront, but it closed with the regeneration of the area, and Julie’s focus has returned to the markets, whose home is now Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). The market recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday and continues to grow and flourish and now offers 270 stalls in two halls at EPIC, along with the central conference centre. Stalls offer homewares, gifts, fashion, accessories and food, with a gourmet food hall full of street food vans, creating a feast for the senses and an unbeatable atmosphere of creativity and excitement.

The market regularly attracts over 20,000 visitors from Canberra and further afield and has an extensive and growing following on social media, with monthly newsletters and an online magazine.

With a passion for supporting independent, small and creative businesses and connecting them to their target customers, the market has a nurturing relationship with its designers and producers who bring a high standard in quality, workmanship and sensational customer service, and an interactive relationship with its customers. Handmade is known nationally as a well-organised, supportive and friendly event, representing the best in Australian handmade design and produce.

The Handmade Market team now includes kindred spirits with expertise in sales, marketing, design, administration, finance, technology and event management – a formidable and dynamic combination.

MEET THE TEAM

  • The Handmade Team

    Handmade Canberra has a small, dedicated team of people who complement each others’ skills and personalities. We love putting on the markets for you and hope this shows.

    Left to right: Ros, Debbie, Julie, Caroline, Erin.

  • THE MARKET CREW

    Find us at the reception desk between the halls while the market is on. One of our friendly team members will be able to help and point you in the right direction. Come and say hello!

    Left to right: Vanessa, Debbie, Maddie, Julie, Caroline, Erin, Steph, Ros.

Julie Nichols is the founder, owner and creative director of Handmade. With a background in the RAAF and in hospitality, Julie ran a small millinery business before seeing a gap in Canberra markets for well-run, high quality, Australian markets. Julie’s innate understanding of how to curate product types to create a buzzing event and how to send the right message on social media are combined with her irreverent sense of humour and telling it like it is, which both designers and customers find refreshing and positive.

Debbie Power is the glue that sticks the team together. An amazing organiser, she is the queen of admin and has the Handmade office all organised so it is as slick as it can be. Full of life and innately kind.

Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, blog, newsletter and the online magazine. A graphic designer and brand manager, she has a natural understanding of the designers and their products, going above and beyond to make sure they’re beautifully represented. She brings the market to life on screen and in print.

Erin Dando looks after our social media, photography and marketing. A professional photographer, she’s also a qualified graphic designer and marketing manager, and she used to have her own brand of homewares and stationery, which she sold at markets. Erin’s expertise is perfectly suited to our marketing and social media needs.

Rosalind Grace is an event manager with a background in customer service and floristry. She looks after our special events and installations, along with strategic planning and business development. Having been a stallholder with Handmade Canberra, she understands the business from both perspectives and has a huge love of all things Handmade.

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AUSTRALIAN MADE CAMPAIGN RETAIL SUPPORTER

 

 

 

We are delighted to announce that Handmade Canberra has joined the Australian Made Campaign (AMCL) as a Retail Supporter, forming a new partnership to support and promote handcrafted Australian-made products.We are certified on the basis that our market continues selling all Australian made goods.

We are thrilled to be in partnership with a well trusted and widely recognised brand such as Australian Made. We support authentic Australian makers on a national level and being an Australian-made market is what sets us apart from other events.

Australian Made aligns perfectly with Handmade Canberra’s business ethos. We couldn’t be happier to become a Retail Supporter and communicate our Australian-made credentials to our customers. The Australian Made logo is Australia’s most trusted, recognised and widely used country of origin symbol, and is underpinned by a third-party accreditation system which ensures products that carry the logo are certified as ‘authentically Australian’.

HANDMADE'S AWARDS

Handmade Canberra is a small business with big ideas and a great philosophy: know your target audience, support local designers and producers by bringing crowds of enthusiastic shoppers and provide amazing customer service. As a result, we have won several awards over the last few years.

2014
Canberra Business Point – Creative Design – Finalist Telstra ACT Micro Business Award – Finalist

2013
Canberra Business Point – Creative Design – Winner Tourism – Specialised Retail – Commendation Telstra ACT Start Up Award – Winner
Telstra STATE Start up Award – Finalist

2012
Canberra Business Point – High Growth – Winner Tourism – Specialised Retail – Commendation Telstra ACT Start up Award – Finalist

MARKET DATES 2019/20

  • 6*, 7 & 8DECEMBER 2019
  • 21 & 22MARCH 2020
  • 26*, 27 & 28JUNE 2020
  • 26 & 27SEPTEMBER 2020
  • 11*, 12 & 13DECEMBER 2020
  • *FRIDAY5PM - 9PM
  • SAT & SUN10AM - 4PM
  • ENTRY IS FREE

CONTACT HANDMADE

0402 247 532
market@handmadecanberra.com.au
EPIC Exhibition Park in Canberra
Flemington Road
Mitchell ACT 2602

 

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