Support our local artists this Christmas!

Want to know where you can go to find gifts and support local artists and makers this Christmas? Good news - we've got you covered.

By buying local, you’re helping to support local artists, organisations and the local economy, as well as giving someone an awesome, uniquely Canberra gift!

Image: Alison Jackson earrings (from left to right) Double up earrings (stirling silver) $140, Peek-a-boo earrings (gold) $100, Textured stud earrings (gold) $70. All available on her online store and through selected stockists.

Art, craft, jewellery and pretty things

You can buy art from a gallery, shop or buy directly off the artists themselves!

Image: Lisa Cahill, Indigo Swish, kiln formed and enamelled plates, from $60 to $140, photo courtesy of the Canberra Glassworks

For the literary lover

For the literary lover in your life, why not buy a book from one of our previous ACT Book of the Year winners and shortlisted books. There are also some fantastic children’s books by local authors that would make great stocking stuffers.

Pick one (or more) up at your local bookstore!

Books for adults

  • A Scholar and a Gentleman edited by David Vernon
  • Bearing Witness by Peter Rees
  • Captain Cook’s Apprentice by Anthony Hill
  • Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call by Melinda Smith
  • Fighting Fit by Laura Dawes (2017 ACT Book of the Year shortlist)
  • Generation Less by Jennifer Rayner (2017 ACT Book of the Year shortlist)
  • Goodbye, Cruel by Melinda Smith
  • Goodbye, Sweetheart by Marion Halligan
  • Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa (2015 ACT Book of the Year Highly Commended and People's Choice)
  • Maps of Small Countries by Russell Erwin (2017 ACT Book of the Year shortlist)
  • Olmec Obituary by L.J.M. Owen
  • Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood (2017 ACT Book of the Year shortlist)
  • Six by John Clanchy
  • The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader (2016 ACT Book of the Year Highly Commended and People's Choice)
  • The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths (2017 ACT Book of the Year shortlist)
  • The Beach Volcano by Nigel Featherstone
  • The Eighties by Frank Bongiorno (2016 ACT Book of the Year winner)
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The Skeleton Diaries by Rachael Stevens
  • Undad by Shane W Smith

Image: The Eighties by Frank Bongiorno (2016 ACT Book of the Year winner)

Books for kids

  • Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina Newton
  • Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney (supported by us via 2016 Project Funding)
  • Beni the Buccaneer by Craig Cormick
  • Blossom Possum by Gina Newton
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
  • Dance Like a Pirate by Stephanie Owen Reeder
  • Ella by Nicole Godwin
  • Lennie the Legend by Stephanie Owen Reeder
  • Merry Everything! by Tania McCartney
  • Max Meets a Monster by Tracey Hawkins
  • Megumi and the Bear by Irma Gold
  • Shoctopus by Harry Laing
  • The Adventures of William Brambleberry: Aviator Mouse by Genevieve Hopkins
  • The Cut Out by Jack Heath (young adults)
  • The Fail Safe by Jack Heath (young adult, (2017 ACT Book of the Year shortlist)
  • The Leaky Story by Devon Sillett
  • Trouble and the New Kid by Cate Whittle
  • Valdur the Viking and the Ghostly Goths by Craig Cormick
  • You Can Do It, Joey! by Kerry Malone

Image: Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney

For the music lover

Canberra has produced some amazing musical talent - why not buy a CD or download some Christmas tunes? Most are available online, at Landspeed Records or Smiths Alternative.

  • Crossbones
  • Fred Smith
  • Glitoris
  • Hands Like Houses
  • Jess Green
  • Liam McKahey
  • Mondecreen
  • Omar Musa (CD out 1 December)
  • Paint on Paint
  • Peking Duck
  • SAFIA
  • Space Cowboys
  • Super Best Friends
  • Talk Blak
  • Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
  • The Cashews
  • TV Colours
  • Wives

Image: Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers Creepshow EP

For the screen buff
  • Galore (film)
  • Joe Cinque's Consolation (film)
  • Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (film)
  • Secret City (TV series)
  • The Code (TV series)

Image: Still from Joe Cinque's Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos

For the night owl

Treat your loved one(s) to a night out! There's something for everyone - book tickets to the theatre, watch an orchestra in action or get your giggle on listening to some great comedy.

Image: Poem Every Day, Canberra Youth Theatre, photo by Cathy Breen

For the person who has everything

For the person who already has everything, how about enrolling them a short course with a local arts organisation! Or, if you're the kind of person who likes making their own gift, why don't you make something for them!

Image: Courtesy of ACT Writers Centre

Image: Luna Ryan, cast glass wombats (various sizes and colours), from $370, photo courtesy of the Canberra Glassworks

For kids

Why not get them something that lasts longer than Christmas day? You could enrol them in a music, dance, circus or theatre class. Some of them even have school holiday programs. Educational and fun!

Image: PhotoAccess Kids Holiday Workshop, photo courtesy of Andrew Morgan

Upcoming markets and events

Visit one of Canberra’s bustling markets to find your perfect gift!

November

  • Bev Hogg Open Studio , Saturday 18 November 2017, 8 Brennan Street, Hackett
  • Designer Sunday , Sunday 19 November 2017, Old Bus Depot Markets. This monthly event, held on the third Sunday of every month, showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers, and artists.
  • ANU School of Art and Design Graduation exhibition , 6-8pm, Friday 24 November 2017, ANU School of Art and Design
  • Undercurrent Design Market , Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017, National Portrait Gallery. Showcasing an array of contemporary, leading edge Australian-made design goodness, including local designers.
  • Etsy Made Local , 9am-3pm, Saturday 25 November 2017, Exhibition Park in Canberra
  • Meraki , Sunday 26 November 2017, Mocan and Green Grout

Image: Undercurrent Design Market, ceramics by Fran Romano

December

  • ANU School of Art and Design Annual Glass Sale , 12:00 – 1:30pm, Friday 1 December 2017, Foundation Rooms, ANU School of Art and Design
  • Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets , Saturday 2 December 2017, Old Bus Depot Markets. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.
  • Handmade Market , Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 2017, Exhibition Park in Canberra. The Handmade Market has 260 stalls of artisan Australian pieces, including products by 85 local artists and designers.
  • Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets , Sunday 10 December 2017, Old Bus Depot Markets. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.
  • Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets , Saturday 16 December 2017, Old Bus Depot Markets. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.
  • Designer Sunday , Sunday 17 December 2017, Old Bus Depot Markets. This monthly event, held on the third Sunday of every month, showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers, and artists.
  • Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets , Saturday 23 December 2017, Old Bus Depot Markets. From the large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season.

Image: ANU School of Art and Design Annual Glass Sale, glasses by Noah Hartley, ANU Prototypes. Photography: David Paterson

Image: Handmade Market

Want your stuff promoted on our page?

If you're a local artist or organisation and you would like us to showcase your products or event on this web page, send us an email artsACT@act.gov.au