Halton's contemporary arts collective
Markmakers is a collective of practising artists, working in and around the borough of Halton, in England’s North West, who have been exhibiting and working together since 2002. Meeting monthly for network opportunities and to discuss future developments in their artwork, the group also lead workshops and promote the visual arts. Working in a wide variety of fields, including drawing, print, painting, sculpture, textiles and installation, the artists have developed many exhibitions together at venues including the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, Brindley Arts Centre - Runcorn, Liverpool’s Albert Dock, Castle Park Arts Centre - Frodsham, Birkenhead Park and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
Members of the group have exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally with artists involved in national touring exhibitions and international residencies and have won a number of prizes including open art competitions, regional cultural awards and all continue to explore ideas and ways of making work in a contemporary context.
Originally the group formed from a previous collective and began to develop with the support of Halton’s visual arts development officer Louise Hesketh, who supported Markmakers as part of her remit in developing the visual arts in the borough.