They are the artists and designers who put the Eumundi Markets on the map as Australia’s premier artisan market, and it’s now their turn be celebrated – thanks to a photographic portrait exhibition opening Saturday 30 May at the newly opened art space at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre.
Titled 'Market Characters – We Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Grow it’, the exhibition of work by photographer Alain Bouvier was made possible with assistance through the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Sunshine Coast Council and Queensland Government partnership to support local arts and culture.
Market Manager Daniel West says The Original Eumundi Markets embarked on the project with Eumundi-based photographer Alain Bouvier to develop a collection of portraits of artists and designers from within the market community.
“We wanted to really acknowledge the makers and creators – the talented people who make the products that put Eumundi on the map as the best market in Australia, and one of the best in the world,” Daniel says.
“These are the chefs, growers, sewers, potters, metalworkers, wellness practitioners, masseuses, fashionistas, woodworkers, painters, jewellers, entertainers and musicians that make Eumundi so very special – the people that bring so much colour and so many tourists to our village every week”.
Photographer Alain Bouvier captured all images on site at the markets over many months, and it says was a privilege to get to know the faces and personalities behind the world-class products offered for sale each week in Eumundi.
“I only wanted to focus on stallholders who are hands-on involved in the creation of their market products,” says Alain “It was that passion and pride in their goods and services, that authenticity, that I set out to capture,” he says. “Space and time permitted me to photograph eighty of these “market characters” for the project and exhibition, and I’d like to acknowledge the many other artists and designers that I met through the process. There’s so much local talent on the Sunshine Coast!”
“I also have a deep respect for the market camaraderie and the support these artists have for one other – not to mention their energy in rising so early every Wednesday and Saturday to set up their stalls for business!,” says Alain.
The importance of the exhibition from a cultural heritage perspective is something seen as crucial to Manager of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, Wendy Birrell.
“It is very important to continually capture the history of such a large and significant Sunshine Coast event as the Eumundi Markets for future researchers, family historians, students and other interested people to be able to access. These photos will be a fabulous resource in years to come,” Wendy says.
The exhibition opens Saturday 30 May and will be on display at Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre until Friday 24 July.
Photographic exhibition honours characters of the Original Eumundi Markets
Eumundi Markets, Eumundi
Saturday 30th of May until the 24th of July 2015
Eumundi Markets, Eumundi
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