Students hold Christmas Design Market in town centre

Students have been selling their work in Kingston town centre as part of a festive, two-day event especially called The Christmas Design Market.

Kingston School of Art students from the Product & Furniture Design, Illustration Animation and Graphic Design programmes have spent the last few weeks busy putting together their products in preparation for the event at The Bentall Centre.

Sam Eastwood, director of The Bentall Centre, said: “We are looking forward to supporting the talented students of the Art School this Christmas enabling them to show and sell their talented designs to a wider audience at the busiest time of the shopping calendar.”

Students sell their products at The Bentall Centre. Photo by Ezzidin Alwan

The students, who at first thought they may be able to use an empty retail unit, were actually given space on the balconies outside Zara. This turned out to be a great location with lots of through traffic and interested shoppers.

The Christmas Design Market was a successful collaboration between Kingston School of Art and The Bentall Centre which many hope will be continued in future years.

Ann Marie Fisk, the event organiser from Kingston School of Art said: “I hope we can continue this relationship with the Bentall Centre as I know the academic staff and students appreciated having greater exposure to their products and their courses as well.”

Included in the market produce was a selection of work on sale ranging from posters and jewellery to personalised portraits and x-rated Christmas cards.

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