By Sara Valle-Martínez
London Metropolitan University is offering some of their students the chance to showcase their art for free in Brick Lane this Sunday the 5th.
The North London university has several stalls in The Truman Brewery’s Christmas market. The students can display their portfolio and creations to other artists and Londoners alike.
The market includes gifts and crafts of different types such as jewellery, homeware, clothing, and artwork. The university set up a website for those who can’t attend so they can purchase online.
Gabriela Tuksa, 22, an Austro-Brazilian Fine Arts student, said: “It’s amazing. I don’t think I would have had the courage to go for a market myself without having help and support and knowing who I can ask… It’s pretty daunting, but it’s been great.”
The designers and makers applied to an online selection on the institution’s website. London Metropolitan offered them free training and workshops. A freelance enterprise educator taught them how to prepare and advertise themselves for their first market experience.
“I already wanted to do this, but I didn’t even know where to start. It’s super exciting,” said Lucía Cáceres, 24, a Graphic Design student from Spain. “I’ve sold two pieces and I’m looking forward to selling more. I’m very, very happy. I hope we get this chance more often!”