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Lowick artist Anna Turnbull will help demonstrate that Women Mean Business at an event coinciding with International Women’s Day.

She will be one of many female stallholders at the event in Alnwick’s Northumberland Hall on Saturday, March 8 from 11am to 3pm.

They will share what they do with the public and run workshops and taster sessions for attendees to take part in.

Anna studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London before founding Biteabout Arts from her home at Biteabout Farm in 2011.

The idea was to create unique items for sale and deliver a variety of art and craft workshops.

Anna’s two material loves are wool and willow. You’ll find a selection of her hand felted wool items and willow baskets in shops and galleries promoting local arts and crafts, at events and online.

Anna co-ordinated ‘Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns’, a lottery funded project that celebrated and raised awareness of the shepherding heritage of north Northumberland and its associated wool industries.

‘Sheep Tales’ continues and Anna is currently planning future events including ‘Wool in Wooler’ as part of the Glendale Festival, where you can see the work of local makers and producers.

In Northumberland she is most well known for her sculpture of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, woven from local willows, created for Morpeth’s entry for Britain in Bloom.

Anna currently delivers workshops all over the county for her felt making and willow weaving and will soon be offering these at Biteabout Farm, as the workshop premises near completion.

Women Mean Business has been organised by Belford-based Fourth Action.

Julia Lyford from Fourth Action said: “This is a real celebration of local women in business. During the day there will be free business advice on offer for those thinking of starting a business.

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