Our Story

We Create Market was born from the need for a large, safe, indoor, affordable space for local creatives to be able to come together to sell their work during these testing times.  

The organisers behind Crafts in the Tower, a local makers market that has historically taken place on the third Sunday of every month in the Square Tower, hit a bump in the road when they were unable to host their well-attended markets this season due to the limited space at their venue rendering it not viable within the Covid-19 guidance. 

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development & Deputy Leader at Portsmouth City Council, recognised the dilemma and worked to get the support of National Regional Property Group, who manage the old Debenhams Southsea building. He also asked Portsmouth Creates, a community interest company recently established to support Portsmouth’s dynamic cultural scene, to organise the collaboration of local creative groups to come up with a solution.

Collaborators have already grown to include Victorious Festival who are co-ordinating and managing the market as a gift to the city, Crafts in the Tower and Hotwalls Studios with cross marketing and sharing of up and coming sellers, Makers Guild who have made the website, University of Portsmouth who’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries graduates will be showcasing their work, and Aspex Gallery who’s Luna Park 10 year anniversary will be having a huge window display to name but a few. 

Portsmouth Creates are subsidising the price of all pitches, window display opportunities, and creating a website directory to ensure maximum affordability and visibility for local creative talent to thrive in these challenging times.

Get Involved!
If you want to be involved in any way – taking a stall, having a window display, painting live on site, demonstrating your craft live in a window display – Please get in touch. 

Visit: wecreatemarket.co.uk
Email:  info@portsmouthcreates.co.uk

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The We Creates Market will be following Government Covid-19 guidelines There will be plenty of space to walk around stalls and a one-way system will be in place. There will be sanitising stations located throughout and we ask that all customers and stallholders wear masks. Our friendly team will be on board to manage and monitor each day. Please respect that our staff are there to keep you safe.

For more information or enquiries please email info@portsmouthcreates.co.uk