Monday, 1 September 2014

Brighton Art Fair returns!

It's time to hand over to another guest blogger and so today Anne-Marie Shepherd will tell us a bit about the Brighton Art Fair and which artists to look out for...

Brighton Art Fair, supported by Oh Comely magazine, brings together over 100 of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad. The fair takes place in the beautiful and historic Brighton Dome Corn Exchange in the heart of the city and has built a very strong reputation for presenting highest quality contemporary artwork in a relaxed, informal and friendly environment.

Brighton Art Fair enables painters, printmakers, ceramicists, photographers and sculptors to present their original and eclectic work to the public, bringing a personal feel to viewing and to the buying process. Visitors enjoy meeting the artists - learning about their creative inspirations, techniques and future projects. The fair draws in curators, galleries, retailers, collectors and art fans, many looking for that definitive piece.

Sam Hewitt

Some of the artists have exhibited at Brighton Art Fair before, others are brand new to the event, but all the work is exciting, fresh and exceptional. New work to look out for include Julie Ball’s exquisite porcelain and wood collages; Annie Blanchet Rouze’s mixed media paintings and Emelie Essel’s embroidered work on silk glass beads. The fair welcomes back artist Sam Hewitt and his paintings of urban landscapes; Lilia Umaña-Clarke’s stoneware ceramics inspired by early South American civilizations and local artist Sam Lock’s oil and mixed media works.

Lilia Umaña-Clarke
Brighton Art Fair will introduce Alun Callender’s project of environmental portraits of East Sussex visual artists, designers and creative types. Alun usually spends a couple of hours with the subjects in their studio, to arrange a composition with a strong narrative. He will be photographing approximately 80 people and making a series of short films to compliment the project. Alun wants to celebrate the diverse creative talent in the area and is fascinated by how people balance the fine line between creativity and commerce. The project will culminate in an exhibition and a book.

The show welcomes back the wonderful artists from ARTHOUSE Meath a charitable enterprise offering artistic facilities and support to adults living with learning and physical difficulties. The work being produced is raw, honest and properly beautiful and it has been wonderful to see Meath expand, now having established its own shop in Godalming and being asked to exhibit work at many shows here and abroad.  Also of interest will be the artwork of the Outside In artists, based at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Outside In provide a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art.

  • Brighton Art Fair, 26th – 28th September, 2014
  • Open: Friday 11am – 7:30pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Address: Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UG
  • Tickets: £6.50 on the door.  Children under 14 free
  • Travel direct to Brighton from London Victoria by train - 10 minute walk from Brighton station

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