Paddington Markets, which first launched in 1973, is known for its all-weather attitude, operating every Saturday morning for almost 50 years.

Sadly it’s been closed since March due to the pandemic, but it will return on September 26 with a new celebratory mural – by one of its most successful alumni – and a produce market.

The market has always championed Australian-made products from up-and-coming local artists and designers – hugely successful brands such as Dinosaur Designs, Zimmerman and Sass & Bide debuted the earliest iterations of their designs there.

The new mural is a tribute to its legacy by artist Stephen Ormandy, who co-founded Dinosaur Designs with Louise Olsen after selling jewellery at a market stall in 1985, when they were both still students.

“Dinosaur Designs launched at the Paddington Markets, so we will always feel a great sense of connection,” Ormandy said in a statement. “It was a real gathering place for artists and artisans back then.

“My mural pays tribute to the creativity and community that sits at the heart of the [market], and celebrates [its] almost 50-year history as well as [its] future”.

The eye-catching mural has a slight ’70s aesthetic, but its bold colours and abstract shapes will be recognisable to anyone familiar with Ormandy’s jewellery and homewares brand.

Alongside the usual art, design and vintage stalls, Paddington Markets has also added a new section for growers for the first time. Expect stalls for fruits and vegetables; cheese; sustainable meat and seafood; bread; plants and flowers; and more – all locally sourced, of course.

Paddington Markets will return weekly on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm from September 26.

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