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10 reasons why you should visit MerseyMade in Liverpool

3 years ago

By The Guide Liverpool

10 reasons why you should visit MerseyMade in Liverpool

MerseyMade is the perfect place to spend the day here in Liverpool, whether you want to pick up some artwork, get creative, or enjoy locally sourced food.

The community hub supports local artistic talent and provides a place for them to showcase their work and sell their creations.

Their unique, inventive and community driven space can be found on Paradise street in the centre of town, inside an old building with a rich history.

If you haven’t been yet, then here’s our list of top reasons you should visit MerseyMade and what you can do whilst you are there.

The Creative Studio

Their Creative Studio is home to ten resident artists who use the space as their collective art studios. The studio is also open to customers, who can watch the process unfold and even chat to the artists about their work. This open and friendly space gives you the chance to see and commission work, or just be nosey!

The shop

Inside MerseyMade you will also find their shop which stocks over 100 different local creatives’ creations for you to purchase. They have everything from hand painted ceramic mugs, to Sketchbook Design’s 80’s prints and Turncoat gin from Liverpool’s independent distillery. Even your four-legged friends can get in on the action with specially-made doggy peanut butter!

The Gordon Smith Café

As if you needed more of a reason to visit, MerseyMade’s cafĂ© has tasty breakfasts seven days a week. The Gordon Smith cafĂ© was named after the building’s interesting past and offers a ‘build your own’ full English to let you pick and choose your dream breakfast.

To see their full menus, click here.

Supporting local

One of the highlights of visiting MerseyMade is that whether you are sipping a coffee, or buying a gift for a friend, you are supporting the local economy. Choosing to spend your money on work made by independent, local artists helps those in our community who are working hard to create individual and creative art.

You can find out more about their artists in residence here.

The coffee

You will definitely want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the creative atmosphere inside MerseyMade. The best way to do that, is to stop and treat yourself to a coffee in their cosy cafĂ©. Continuing their mission to support local business, they use local company Neighbourhood Coffee’s newly upgraded blend of coffee. You can even purchase their coffee to take with you and make at home.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Coffee, click here.

The events space

Aside from the café and creative studio, there is even space to host your own private events at MerseyMade. The space is ideal for birthday parties, hen parties and baby showers and can be beautifully decorated with flowers. It is also the perfect spot to book in meetings, script read-throughs and much more.

To ask about booking the space, click here.

The inspiration

MerseyMade is the perfect place to go to feel inspired and connect with your inner-artist. As well as watching artists at work, you can explore the shop for further inspiration. With unique gifts like Draughtworx’ laser-cut woodwork and embroidery hoop art by Little Light Stitchery, there is plenty to get your creativity flowing for your next project.

The building


MerseyMade found its home in the Grade II listed building, which in 1899 was the first purpose-built accommodation for seamen arriving in Liverpool. Originally it was named The Gordon Smith Institute For Seamen after the Navy League Secretary who hoped for acts of kindness and support for good causes. The modern interior of the building is wonderfully juxtaposed with its rich history and links with Liverpool’s famous docks.

Something for everyone

Another great reason to visit MerseyMade is that it is open to anyone and everyone. The building is completely accessible and staff encourage everyone to pay them a visit. If you can’t make it in person, you can even check out their online shop to make sure you don’t miss out.

You can see what’s available from their online shop here.

The events

There are plenty of creative workshops for those of you who enjoy getting stuck in too. Ever fancied making wire insects, picking up the basics of drawing, or sipping a glass of prosecco as you paint? MerseyMade has so many unique activities to get involved in that you could spend all week getting creative!

Keep up to date with their upcoming events here.


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