It’s not your ordinary market. Picture a 10-metre-wide fairy-light chandelier over a large circle of lawn, a boulevard of gumtrees and a series of six rooms to poke around.
This is the Bowerbird Bazaar, but not as you remember it. The design market had its humble beginnings at the Queens Theatre, starting out in 2009 and running twice a year. This weekend it’s moving into a new home at Adelaide Showground’s Wayville Pavilion – a space that’s three times the size of the Queens Theatre.
“We’ve always had our eyes on the pavilion but have been patiently waiting for the market to pick up enough momentum to fill the space,” says director Jane Barwick.
A jewellery-maker by trade, Barwick started the event after noticing a lack of opportunity in local outlets for South Australian designers to showcase and sell directly to the public. She gathered quite the collection of traders.
The new setting showcases their products in real-life settings that mimic a kitchen, bedroom and outdoor area. It’s called “Insitu”. The rooms are curated by designers Wendy Todd (Barrio), Julie Pieda (Koush Design) and Demelza McCrindle (QueenSo), who helps run the event alongside Jane.
“In the speaker’s corner on Saturday there will be design talks,” Berwick says. These include advice on the secrets of commissioning with Merri Cranswick from online design platform Well Made, sustainable business information and a talk on Adelaide’s creative communities by Brick+Mortar’s Elizabeth Donaldson.
TAFE SA will also run a visual merchandising workshop and installation. “The TAFE students are paired up with stallholders to gain experience by helping stalls with visual merchandising, which benefits both parties,” Berwick says.
There’s a bar, food vendors and plenty of seating. Arrive with a fiver in hand for the entry fee and an extra-large tote to store your finds.