There is buzz as I arrive at an art fair. Friendly, full of anticipation and the joy of seeing plenty people after a few months of flying solo in the studio creating new work. Many artists on the circuit know each other and have done for years. Whilst unloading our cars and vans laden heavily with canvases, sculptures and passpartout, there are hugs and kisses abound as everyone says hello and makes their way to their stand - Their home for the next few days.
The artworld has undergone a drastic transformation in recent years. More and more people are getting in on the art act and now you can too.
People are becoming comfortable buying original works of art, and developing their own tastes and styles. Art fairs are a great way to spot emerging talent, there are many hidden gems to be unearthed. You’ll be able to buy high quality artwork at an affordable price and have a good day out in the process!
This year, the first art far on the calendar is Bath Art fair as it turns out, it's my most local fair and I'm delighted to be a part of it. Bath Art fair has been going for a few years now, but this year we have a brand new venue in the heart of Bath, at Bath pavilion. The private view is on Thursday 28th Feb and the fair continues through 1st and 2nd March.
Creating the perfect stand, regardless of its size. Curating your own work by allowing each piece enough room to breathe whilst maximising your space and meeting your customers is what is an art fair is all about for an artist.
There is something indefinably wonderful about meeting your customers and explaining the work to them. In fact one of the great pleasures about attending an art fair is being able to speak to the artists, find out what their inspiration was, and how they created their work.
You don't have to worry if you've never been; It's a lovely way to spend a day, browse the artworks, chat to the exhibitors and try to work out a short list of your favourites.
If you want to take the plunge and buy, you can do so directly from the artist. Most artist have their own card readers and we'll get your work wrapped up in bubble wrap for you so you can leave with your beautiful new artwork straight away if you want to.
My next art fair on the calendar is Contemporary Art fair, Surrey. This is also a "young" fair in it's second year, organised by the experienced team behind Windsor and Reading art fairs.
I had a wonderful time last year and I'm hoping for a super year again this year, with the added bonus that the Private view, on 15th March just happens to be my birthday! I'll see you there with a drop of fizz!
So whether you're an old hand at art fairs, or whether you've never been before, why not make this March a truly arty affair? You might just find the perfect painting to complete your perfect room.
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