In Conversation With the Founder of Munya Market

WRITTEN BY Maeve Harris

February 23, 2023

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In Conversation With the Founder of Munya Market

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Fashion & Lifestyle

Maeve Harris

23 Feb, 2023

Founded nearly two years ago, in the heart of Dublin, Munya Market has since become a hugely popular underground enterprise.

Named after both the phrase “’mon ya” in Kildarian slang and the translation of ‘wish or desire’ in Arabic, the market was initially founded as a platform for people to sell their work; whether those be art pieces, second-hand clothing, or other forms of creative wares.

Since then, it’s become a hotspot for creators and sellers to showcase their work, have a few drinks, and enjoy music sets. 

Photographer: @arannmc

UTOPIA The Edit’s Maeve Harris speaks with Munya Market founder, who requested to remain anonymous, on the establishment’s roots, intentions and hopes for the future.

Describing the initial inspiration behind this project, the founder said “It started as a bit of a laugh, ya know? Like a way for me and my friends to sell art and, for my friend’s that are DJs, it gave them an opportunity to start playing somewhere.”

“I’ve grown up in markets my whole life, so I was kind of influenced by that quite a lot. I guess it was just a way to create a space for students and people to make money.” He added.

At its core, the market is a space dedicated to showcasing local artistry. It allows creators to sell their work within a communal space set in the comfort of a local pub or club, empowering them to meet, befriend, and collaborate with other artists. 

Beyond its basic mission, to provide space to prospective vendors, Munya Market is an inclusive event open to everyone. Whether you’re looking to buy local art, to have a pint, to listen to some music in a cool space or all three at once, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

 

Photographer: @arannmc

The concept is  based on prioritising collaborative work across artistic disciplines, the founder explained. “I like it to be sort of multifaceted and very open in a way, so that people can come to me with ideas and I can work with them and help out fellow artists.”

Continuing, he added that this idea was not the brainchild of one individual, but very much a collaborative venture. “I always say ‘we’ and ‘us’ because it is ‘we’ and ‘us’. I couldn’t do it if no one was there to sell. I couldn’t do it if no one was pulling pints. It is very much a collective effort.”

Photographer: @arannmc

To avoid lack of variation and toxic levels of competition, the market strikes a balance; only a few artists or sellers within the same discipline will be featured on any given night. “I like to give everyone a chance, so I have a list. If you text me, I’ll add you straight on to the list in order of who texts me. You want it to be a mixed-bag of stuff–keeps it interesting.” He concluded.

So, how exactly does it work? For the moment, the best way to get involved with and to learn about the market, is by contacting Munya Market’s instagram page: @munyamarket.

Of course, the market is curated to suit the needs of any given night or the specific space in which it’s being held, so things like DJ mixes are taken into consideration. It involves a certain amount of regulation, but, as a whole, the collective is largely free-spirited.

Making sure everyone has the resources they need is an integral part of the market’s running. Clothing rails and wall space are often provided on a needs-basis, ensuring sellers and artists have the best chance at showcasing their work.

Photographer: @arannmc

While the collective has gained thousands of followers and notoriety across Dublin and Ireland, the market is still run by one individual. Elaborating on this, he shared how this can make administrative tasks more difficult to achieve. “I’m currently in the process of [streamlining] things. I bought a domain; I’m in the process of making a website. I have an email as well. I’d like to get a Linktree; I just want to be a bit more professional about the whole thing. DMs are a pain in the arse as well–that’s why I have the list.”

Photographer: @arannmc

In terms of looking at what’s next for Munya Market, the founder hopes to begin collaborating with festivals in Ireland like Beyond the Pale and Electric Picnic, installing a Munya Market stall on festival grounds. 

That being said, due to the collaborative and accessible nature of the business, it’s not hard for one to imagine Munya Market growing exponentially and taking roots beyond the borders of Dublin, and even Ireland, in the very near future. 

 

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