It is not often you can walk into a gallery and buy something straight off the wall. This weekend's Art and Artisan Market at Wollongong Art Gallery will offer just that chance.
More than 40 artists and 25 artisans will exhibit their work today and tomorrow, and everything is for sale.
John Monteleone, program director at the gallery, said it presented a rare opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their works in such a public setting.
"There will be more than 180 art works for sale. From a creative practitioner perspective, it's a great chance to show their work to the public," he said.
"Opportunities like this help to develop a cultural economy, as these activities provide a revenue source for artists and artisans."
The markets, in their third year of operation, are a major fund-raiser for the Wollongong Art Gallery Friends, a group of art advocates who raise funds to support gallery programs.
Alan Samways, president of the Friends, said the group funded programs such as the Artist-In-Residence.
"We're the link between the community and the gallery," he said.
"We help with the costs of supporting exhibitions, or just whatever the gallery happens to need."
Aside from the art itself, a range of cultural activities from food stalls and craft displays to multicultural performers will be on show.
"We have Bollywood dancers, African and Maori performing groups, belly dancers," Mr Samways said.
"It's going to be a very diverse weekend, something for everyone. We want to bring people into the gallery," Mr Monteleone said.
The Art and Artisan Market will be held at the Wollongong Art Gallery from 10am-4pm today and tomorrow. Entry is free.