Bus Depot Markets shuffling into the Fitters’ Workshop

By 18 December, 2013 8

It’s so thrilling to see the great war upon the print makers for control of the Fitters’ Workshop has been fought and won so soap shaped like cake can have a home:

The Old Bus Depot Markets will return with a fresh look in 2014, with a new and interesting stall set up commencing on Sunday 12 January 2014.

“We are so pleased to be kicking off the New Year with a fresh look with works underway for our new leak proof roof,” said Old Bus Depot Markets Director, Diane Hinds.

“We’re receiving the roof from the ACT Government who wish to enhance our lovely old Heritage listed building,” Diane continued.

Throughout the building works, which will commence at the beginning of January, the market will continue trading with the lower level open as usual. Trading will also take place from Canberra’s most coveted arts building, the heritage listed Fitter’s Workshop located next door to the Market, as well as the new Lakeside Gallery.

“The addition of these areas will give the Market a fresh appeal in 2014, and reacquaint our visitors with some stalls they may have previously overlooked. Plus, new and exciting stallholders join us all the time so things are always changing offering a different visitor experience each time.

“We look forward to these changes that coincide with the Markets’ 20th year in 2014. We can’t wait to continue as the anchor within the Kingston Foreshore, and celebrate our big birthday with Canberra,” Diane concluded.

The Markets will continue to run on Saturdays and Sundays for the special Christmas Markets right up until Sunday 22 December. From Sunday 12 January, they return to the usual Sundays only from 10am to 4pm. For more information on the Old Bus Depot Markets go to www.obdm.com.au

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8 Responses to Bus Depot Markets shuffling into the Fitters’ Workshop
#1
Madam Cholet12:40 pm, 18 Dec 13

I’ve never worked out what the attraction is with this place. I’ve been there a few times and always walked back out a bit non-plussed.

#2
460cixy1:30 pm, 18 Dec 13

Madam Cholet said :

I’ve never worked out what the attraction is with this place. I’ve been there a few times and always walked back out a bit non-plussed.

You are not the only one. But people rave about. Come on folks what’s so great about it?

#3
poetix2:15 pm, 18 Dec 13

All those who took part in the campaign to preserve the venue for music, based on what they call its exceptional acoustics, should feel at least a twinge of shame at this result.

They won’t though.

I made a bet early this year that there would be carpet sales where there could have been print making. I must buy a drink with my winnings.

#4
HiddenDragon6:56 pm, 18 Dec 13

460cixy said :

Madam Cholet said :

I’ve never worked out what the attraction is with this place. I’ve been there a few times and always walked back out a bit non-plussed.

You are not the only one. But people rave about. Come on folks what’s so great about it?

Plus another – I think there’s a large dose of “but at least it’s not a tacky shopping mall” – which is true, but it strikes me as a fairly slick commercial operation, so anyone who might think it’s all airy fairy art and craft and mystic crystals for the love of it, is probably kidding themselves in a major way.

#5
Zan9:31 am, 19 Dec 13

Those who are non-plussed about the Bus Depot Markets have never tried to create something with their own hands. Those who are non-plussed about the Bus Depot Markets most probably prefer to buy cheap mass produced throw away goods. That is most probably why you just do not understand.

The market is for creators to try and make a living off their work without having to be employed by a government or multinational for their income.

It would be a boring world without the arts.

#6
Madam Cholet9:51 am, 19 Dec 13

Zan said :

Those who are non-plussed about the Bus Depot Markets have never tried to create something with their own hands. Those who are non-plussed about the Bus Depot Markets most probably prefer to buy cheap mass produced throw away goods. That is most probably why you just do not understand.

The market is for creators to try and make a living off their work without having to be employed by a government or multinational for their income.

It would be a boring world without the arts.

I wasn’t criticising the products, more the whole promotion of it as some kind of Canberra institution. I’ve patronised the Handmade Markets and varying ‘home made’ initiaitves that support local producers, but the bus depot experience does nothing for me. You will find no one more opposed to plastic crap than me – I advise rellies not to buy it for my son as it ends up getting thrown out pretty quick. But stalls in a dingy old bus depot do not a fabulous experience make on their own.

#7
Woody Mann-Caruso10:34 am, 20 Dec 13

Those who are non-plussed about the Bus Depot Markets have never tried to create something with their own hands. Those who are non-plussed about the Bus Depot Markets most probably prefer to buy cheap mass produced throw away goods. That is most probably why you just do not understand.

I make stuff with my own hands all the time. Am I not allowed to say the BDMs are a bit crap because I don’t sit in the middle of a drafty, crowded concrete shed trying to sell said stuff to apathetic passers-by with nothing better to do on a Sunday than look at lumps of Himalyan salt for the umpteenth time?

Next time you want to claim to have some sort of deep understanding of an issue, bring something a bit better than your artisanal organic strawman (purchased from China, flimsy cellophane bag and tags removed, 400% markup).

#8
Thumper11:01 am, 20 Dec 13

I quite like the OBD markets, okay, nothing ever changes, but it’s a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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