Cruise ship welcomed with art bazaar

TOURISTS got a taste of Newcastle's vibrant art scene when an art bazaar was set up at the weekend to coincide with a cruise ship arrival.

Hunter Arts Network held its first Cruise Market on Saturday to welcome passengers from the Crystal Symphony to Newcastle.

The bazaar complements the quarterly art bazaars held around the Hunter.

More than 30 stallholders, including emerging and experienced artists, sold a range of contemporary to classic pieces.

Network president Leah Fawthrop said each stallholder was vetted by committee to make sure the bazaar was top quality.

"This is the first time we've held one to coincide with a cruise ship's arrival," she said.

"[Each piece] had to be made by that person, it has to be original in nature and design and we make sure the work is of a high standard."

Pieces on show and for sale included ceramics, photography, mosaics and jewellery.

"We do have such a large art scene here. We thought it was a good opportunity to utilise visitors coming to the area," Ms Fawthrop said.

There are plans to expand the bazaar and run more in conjunction with cruise ship arrivals.

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