Meet the Christmas Market guest curators

For each market, we work with invited guest curators who help us to select the traders from those who apply.... never an easy task! We love to provide opportunities for our makers in our network and by applying for the Christmas Markets, you have an opportunity to get your work seen by a buyer from the Southbank Centre and beautiful lifestyle magazine, Oh Comely

The Southbank Centre Shops - Sarah Ross, Buyer

Festival Terrace - one of three Southbank Centre shop outlets

Festival Terrace - one of three Southbank Centre shop outlets

Sarah Ross is Buying and Merchandising Manager at the Southbank Centre. Her role involves orchestrating the buying for The Festival Terrace, The Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery shop.

"Each has a distinct identity and varying audience that must be catered for. Selecting our stock comes from sources as varied as our audience profile. In the case of the Hayward, stock changes completely depending on the exhibition, which run for three months at a time. The Festival Terrace is for showcasing contemporary design-led products with the aim of appealing to as wide an audience as possible. The Royal Festival Hall shop, smaller than the terrace, tends to attract a slightly more conservative audience as many of our customers visit when attending classical music concerts." 

Along with colleagues, Sarah attends trade fairs, small print fairs and markets with the aim of sourcing independent and up-and-coming designer / makers.  Prior to The Southbank Centre, Sarah worked as an assistant Buyer for Magma, an independent design-led book and product store.

Oh Comely Magazine - Sarah McCoy

Oh Comely magazine - " where curious minds don't think alike" 

Oh Comely magazine - " where curious minds don't think alike" 

Oh Comely Magazine is a women’s magazine with a focus on art and creativity.  Founded in 2010 by a team of four with the aspiration of improving the face of women’s publishing. The magazine is famous for its touching first person pieces, guest illustrators and long-form photo stories. Commonly described by readers as an old friend and a cup of tea, Oh Comely hopes to encourage and inspire women. Oh Comely bridges the gap between art journals and women’s lifestyle magazines. The Oh Comely reader is an educated, independent, creative woman and Oh Comely hopes to keep up with her. 

Sarah McCoy is the Publicity and Marketing Manager at Oh Comely Magazine. She has the best job in the world creating wonderful events and collaborations. Out of the office she can be found getting lost amongst flower and craft markets and seeking shade in galleries on sunny days. Her desk is littered with crumbs and glitter. She is a dab hand at origami and loves tactile designs.  

Christmas market applications close on 1st September at 5pm. This includes applications for Crafty Fox Uncovered - our support scheme for new makers.