Thirteen years ago, under a tunnel and tucked away in a Victorian laundry building off Llandaff Road, the first Snapped Up Market took place. Newly established, not-for-profit screenprint studio - The Printhaus - had begun to build up a community of studio members and resident artists. Spotting the opportunity, Printhaus co-founder Tom Whitehead, created the Snapped Up Market (dually named after a screenprint term and the idea of snapping up items for sale) as a fun, festive environment for the community to be able to sell their wares. It quickly developed into a committee of Printhaus residents who, between them, helped to run and organise the markets.
The Printhaus hosted many variations of Snapped Up Markets in that building; sometimes quarterly, often themed, and always a celebration of community and creativity. Each year growing in size, applications for stalls started to come from further afield. It became tradition that each market would have its posters and have-a-go t-shirt printing designs submitted by members, residents, and stall holders.
In true Printhaus fashion, the market has evolved with the times and changing circumstances. In 2019, the beloved laundry building was sold and The Printhaus had to relocate. Despite moving and the loss of studio spaces, they tried to keep old team together and you’ll still see many of them at the markets, but the committee has also evolved and is now headed up by Tom (Ed & Flo) and long-time Printhaus resident and studio member, Helen Smith (Nelly’s Treasures). Now happily settled in Chapter Arts Centre, the market may look different and scaled up thanks to the generous space, but the ethos has never changed. A supportive, relaxed, creative community that attracts more of the same! It has grown to accommodate more designer makers than was first intended, and demand for spaces is competitive due to a high volume of applicants.
The Snapped Up Market is unique in that it is age inclusive of designers, makers, illustrators, and up-and-coming creative Cardiff talent. Expect a vast range of stalls, including Fizz Goes Pop and Anna Palamar Designs who are among a few of the community newly featured in the Welsh Millennium Centre’s shop. You can also get hands-on with:
• Have-a-go t-shirt and tote bag printing
• ‘Risomatic’ – funky Christmas portrait posters using a risograph printer
• Letterpress printing with The Amplifier Press.
There’s really something for everyone. You’ll have a great day out, get your Christmas shopping sorted, and importantly, support small, local makers and businesses this winter.