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ABOUT THE AUCKLAND FAIR

The Auckland Fair is the largest, exclusively handmade and curated market in New Zealand, with a mission to empower independent and creative businesses from all over New Zealand, allowing them to reach their full potential.

 

On the morning of the next Auckland Fair, historic Shed 10 will throw open it’s doors to a patiently awaiting crowd of eager visitors (that’s you!) travelling from around New Zealand. You will pour into this award-winning heritage building in the heart of the city, all with pennies tucked in your pockets and the uniting attitude that supporting independent, handmade and New Zealand businesses makes you feel damn good.

 

The Auckland Fair has been growing from strength-to-strength since it began back in 2010, when it was called the Auckland Art & Craft Fair and was originally held at the Auckland Fair Gallery with a select group of just 30 Exhibitors. Visitors were craving the goods as they lined Lorne Street, waiting to get in.

For December 2010, the Fair moved to the Aotea Centre where numbers of Exhibitors blossomed to capacity and in December 2014 the Auckland Fair rebranded and moved to our current home of Shed 10.

 

As a visitor, you will be able to shop from our exclusively handmade stall holders, impressed with everything your eyes see and you will stop to chat to the people behind the table and make a meaningful connection with your purchases. You can snap away photo’s of our beautiful art wall or relaxing spaces to share these on social media, you can connect with one of the interactive activities, maybe have your photo taken in our complimentary photo-booth?

 

You will no doubt stop to chat with the friends you’ve bumped into amongst the tables and come away feeling inspired and proud of New Zealand’s ‘number 8-wire’ attitude.

Auckland Fair Visitors
Auckland Fair Interior

ABOUT THE FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, JESSICA WHITING

Now based in the beautiful Northland seaside town of Mangawhai, Jessica is originally from Auckland. She has been the driving force behind the Auckland Fair since it first began as an idea back in early 2010 and has grown it into the successful business that it is today.

 

Now working on the Fair full time, she also runs her own boutique Graphic Design & Event Management company, Oh Gosh, while being an established personal style blogger for her blog, FoxesBlog.com, and was dubbed one of New Zealands “Must Follow Pinterest-ers”.

 

Jessica has a rich background in digital marketing, social strategy and studied art and design in the UK, then Graphic Design at Media Design School in 2009. She has a keen eye for design and personally selects each of the makers. Jessica has curated and organised many of Auckland’s most recognisable markets, including First Thursdays, Silo Park, Laneway Festival (2009) and the We Can Create

designers market to name a few giving her an enviable, proven track record.

 

She has a true passion for the creative industries and loves nothing more than connecting Makers to their successful futures. Having run her own craft labels while she was studying, Jessica appreciates both side of the table and has a unique understanding of the Designer-Makers position.

 

Jessica participates in public speaking engagements, writing business articles for the online Auckland Fair Workroom and is always being asked for advice from those in her field — something she is more than happy to assist with where she can.

 

Jessica is dedicated to working hard to empower those working to be independent in their chosen fields through all her channels.

LAUNCHING THE AUCKLAND FAIR

It all began back in 2010, seeding from the idea that there needed to be an event on the handmade calendar for Exhibitors to aspire to and work towards. An event where the profile of handmade could be raised and Exhibitors could sell their high quality products to an appreciative customer. Not only creating sales, but the event would work to introduce Exhibitors to potential stockists, galleries and collaborators and be the first important step to be able to ‘take the plunge’ and do their work full time.

 

The very first Auckland Fair was held at the Auckland Art Gallery, the event turned out to be so popular that visitors were lining the Lorne Street, waiting to get in and shop handmade. This was the first notion that customers were crying out for a new kind of shopping experience. For the second event, the Fair relocated to the Aotea Centre and tripled in size with 90 makers. But, this space was only big enough for a few short years and again, the event needed to relocate.

In June 2014, with the event having reached capacity at the Aotea Centre, the Fair relocated to Shed 10 on Queens Wharf for December 2014. This also coincided with a refresh of the brand including a name change from The Auckland Art & Craft Fair to the more simplified, Auckland Fair; a better representation of the continued evolution of the event. June 2014 saw changes to the way the business was structured internally and swiftly saw the start of a dramatic growth phase with new found passion.

 

A venue change saw an increase of participating makers by another third and visitor numbers to twice the size. Now, we showcase over 100 independent and quality Exhibitors from all over New Zealand, we will host over 4,000 visitors through the doors and create an experience unlike any other market you’ve ever been to. The emphasis will always be on the best handmade that New Zealand has to offer.

40+

SUPPLIERS EACH EVENT

4500+

VISITORS EACH FAIR

1

EVENT ORGANISER

463

COFFEES MADE