Art lovers descend on Town Hall for annual fair

ART lovers flocked to Oxford’s Town Hall last weekend for the fifth annual Oxford International Art Fair.

Thousands descended on the free event between Friday and Sunday which brought together ‘the most innovative new work from established and emerging artists and galleries’.

There were works from some 26 countries and a wide range of styles and genres.

Both novice and seasoned art collectors were able to peruse collections, talk to the artists and get pieces specially commissioned.

Among the highlights there was Oxford’s very own watercolour abstract artist Jenny Bowden who showed off her ‘messy hallucinations’ of the dreaming spires.

Bulgarian artist Radi Nedelchev, meanwhile, exhibited his paintings in the ‘naïve art’ style.

Fair organiser Joëlle Dinnage, who hosts and curates the annual event together with her business partner Natal Vallvé from The Global Art Agency praised the event and said it was the bespoke quality that attracted visitors.

She said: “This bustling art fair gives art collectors and enthusiasts a great opportunity to get their hands on art, buying directly from the artist who has travelled all the way to Oxford to show and sell their unique pieces.

“We’ve carefully selected the artists and galleries showing their work, so that only the most innovative and thought-provoking contemporary art is shown at the fair.

“We have added exclusive events like the VIP sneak preview on the opening night and the chance to vote for the best work on show, adding up to a really special experience for the visitor and indeed the exhibitor.

“With the beautiful town hall making up the backdrop to the event, it really is a fantastic chance to witness some of the most impressive art close up, meet the artists behind it and enjoy a truly inspirational day out.”

One of the host of exhibitors, Wei Zheng, flew in from New York for the show along with her abstract canvases, and her teddy bear.

The 19-year old said: “I’m an art student in New York but I thought I should come over to Oxford to show my work at the fair.

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THE OIAF Best artist awards

In third place, the panel (Richard Knight - Ex-Chairman Christie's Auction House, Esther Lafferty - Artweeks Organiser, Kieran Stiles - Art Tutor) chose Scottish artist John Ryan for his bright and evocative landscapes, rich with vibrant colours and warmth, as if packed with memories of holidays, of times past and futures promised. John has been a regular exhibitor with Oxford international art fair since it began five years ago so we’re very pleased to see his work commended by the judges.

Second place was awarded to Kristjana Williams an Icelandic born artist who creates delicate fine art pieces from digitally collaging many wonderful detailed elements from the natural world, both flora and fauna. Her collection on show at the IOAF included intricate multi-layered 3D paper cuts, traditional maps with nature overlaid from which you find it hard to tear your eyes, prints of city-skylines and even some contemporary portraiture, all in her signature style.

And the winner of this years OIAF was Bogdan Mihai Radu, a Romanian artist whose works spoke volumes at the entrance to the show. On an immense scale that’s immersive, Bogdan’s abstracted expressionism is bold and striking, dense with mood and emotion telling a story of his life, a traumatic episode and a challenging psychological state with which Bogdan worked through in these paintings. ‘I cannot live without painting,’ says Bogdan, ‘because it’s only when I paint that I feel truly alive.’ He is thrilled to have won this award.  

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The fair is expected to return next year.

Chinese American artist Wei Zheng delves deeply into her complex mind of absurdity. OIAF 2018 Exhibitor

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Wei V. Zheng born: Indiana USA, living in New York City. 

With guidance from Chinese contemporary artist Sun Liangang, the young and emerging Chinese American artist Wei Zheng delves deeply into her complex mind of absurdity and creates simplistic-like paintings each with intimate and memorable meanings. Try and locate yet understand where the artist is coming from with her ideas and thoughts.

Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is…?

  • Before I die, I want to travel the world and visit galleries and museums with my pal Brent the bear.

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

  • When I was in elementary school, I drew and designed a Hello Kitty at the Taj Mahal, and one of my peers offered me $5 USD and a carton of strawberry milk for it.

Which are your favorite artists…?

  • This may sound cliche, but I really enjoy Rene Magritte and Vincent van Gogh since they’re known for their styles. Not only that, I wholeheartedly admire Amedeo Modigliani and Carolee Schneemann because I’ve seen their works in museums and was publicly seen as a sobbing mess.

Best exhibition ever participated in…?

  • The best exhibition I’ve ever participated in was in my parents’ living room. Actually, I still have ongoing exhibitions there...almost all of my works are still on display.

What makes your art different than others…?

  • My art uses unfamiliar materials like my tears.

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Yulia Lisle "Throughout our life we are always connecting with art" OIAF 2018 Exhibitor

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What is your definition of art?

Throughout our life we are always connecting with art. Because art surrounds our daily life in various forms. Many people depict art as a drawing or a picture however I believe that everything in our life is linked to art or is an art form in itself.

Best exhibition ever participated in?

In 2017 I held a solo exhibition in the Odessa museum of western and eastern art. The theme of the event was the four elements (Fire, wind, water and air). My artworks were split into these four elements. However they remained united through a singular subject matter of the natural floral world.

Techniques I use to create my artworks are?

I love the viscosity and thick richness of oil paint which I prefer to smear in large quantities over the canvas. Using a palette knife I can build volume and manipulate the paint to create three dimensional features to my works. Also I am always attracted to vibrant and bold colours which often take up most of my canvas during the process of creating my works.

What drives you?

Firstly I am always striving to capture the true brilliance, perfection and opulence of our planet through my choice of colour and brush stroke. Also the emotions and events that occur throughout my daily push me towards my goal and plans.

I know my artwork is finished when?

I know that the process of creating my art is complete when see and mostly feel that my painting has reached a balance within itself an eternal serenity that blankets the colours and subjects of my paintings. Most importantly the painting has to be in harmony.

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Izabela Venuso "strives to capture the essence..." OIAF 2018 Exhibitor

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Izabela Venuso is a Polish artist living in Birmingham, UK. 

From her earliest years, Izabela has had a fascination with art but has never undertaken any formal study of the subject.  The direction of her life totally changed when she met an art teacher who developed and refined her skills, and ultimately influenced her preference in painting portraits.

In her portrait painting, Izabela strives to capture the essence of her subjects’ character and mood, their favourite objects, and the unique living environment of their cosy homes.

 Her choice of artist’s name ‘Venuso’ is a combination of love, attraction, and ambition.

Where do you see your art going in ten years…?

With the interest I get now from the British public, there is a great possibility that I can make it very far in my artistic career. I would definitely like to grow my clientele data base for commissioned portraits internationally.

Which are your favorite artists…?

I have many favorite artists like Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Vermeer, Monet, Thomas Gainsborough and many more. However, my heart was stolen by the greatest Dutch portrait painter - Rembrandt.  I am mesmerized with his technique of capturing the faces of his models. He is a very popular artist and people all over the world still admire his work nowadays. 

Greatest achievements so far…?

Really understanding the difference between high quality/technique in the paintings.

Would love to exhibit my work in …?

Portrait Art Gallery in London. 

What is your biggest dream…?

To be successful in the art field and be remembered by the future generations.

What makes your art different than others…?

I was told that I am capable to paint portraits with feelings. I can capture the eyes and faces that you can feel the soul of the sitter in the painting.

Website url: www.venuso.co.uk

Twitter: @VenusoArt

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Yasmine Badawi "I like to paint which enables me to create my own world to get lost in" OIAF 2018 EXHIBITOR

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Yasmine Badawi was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2001, and is currently studying at the Anglo-American school of Moscow, Russia. Growing up in many different countries, her interactions with different cultures grew tremendously making her want to explore and make something out of herself. She has always been fascinated by art but never really knew until an art store opened up near her house from which she decided to buy a few blank canvases and see what happens. This led to her discovering her passion, mainly in painting and she then started creating many artworks. Being a self-taught Egyptian artist, a year later, she started exploring the idea of marketing her work and getting feedback in order to understand what her passion can lead to. Then came her first month-long exhibition in Cairo, Egypt in order to raise awareness to two cancer hospitals and a heart institute. In that same month, she donated an interactive artwork to children from the children’s cancer hospital and spent the day coloring that big drawing with them. What she was extremely grateful for was her participation acceptance for the Oxford International Art Fair of 2018, as this has given her the opportunity to reach people internationally on a much bigger scale. She plans to major in Architecture at an art school in 2019 in order to start her career and still be connected to her passion.

What is your definition of art…?

Art is the ability to show the world what you can’t necessarily explain, and to help yourself when no one else can. It is not necessarily just a way to express oneself, but more a way to escape reality. Whether it is the art of writing, painting, photographing, singing, sculpting or other, it consumes the artist and takes them to another universe where only their work matters. Some people read to explore another world and forget about their own, or some people go for a walk to breathe some fresh air to calm down; I like to paint which enables me to create my own world to get lost in, my own vision of how things should be. Art has the ability to make us doubt the obvious and reality by recreating what we know to be true in another form. Yes, artists tend to reveal their emotions through the color schemes and the image itself, however sometimes what is more important is just the act of losing oneself in an action. When I paint, it is not to show others if I’m happy or sad, but it is to forget everything around me, which is why I would stay until 3 am painting and just forget the concept of sleep. Everything from my normal life would just disappear until I finished my piece. I put some music on, prepare everything and simply start drawing on a white canvas. Watching the before and after of it all provides such satisfaction that nothing else could replace. Even the simple feel of the paint on the paintbrush while mixing colors and the power to create different shades of color feels so surreal. That’s why I believe that there is so much more to art than people think.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now…?

As an IB student, I am lately focusing on creating new art and exploring different medias, however, the main difference is that I am finally starting to give more meaning to my work. The most meaningful piece I have is my tryptic called “Revealed”. During the process of painting it, I constantly kept modifying the final outcome in order to send a message to people who could relate. This is just an example of what I have been focusing on: giving a meaning to my work, letting my art speak to the audience and making it powerful.

Which are your favorite artists…?

Among my favorite artists is Banksy. Although I haven’t explored street art yet, his work inspires me the most. His dedication, his challenges, his goals and especially the messages that he conveys through his art are what I love most. Every time I have to deal with artist’s block, I think back to Banksy’s work and try to get inspired by finding something meaningful to me that I would like to stand up for. From there, I start brainstorming and my ideas come through. His work definitely affects mine and I’m even planning on working on a few pieces closer to his type of work and possibly more simplistic soon. Another artist would be Ganzeer. He’s an Egyptian street artist and graphic novelist. I admire his work and how he saw the Egyptian Revolution from 2011-2013 as an opportunity for his art. He inspires me to go after what I want no matter what and I love his view on street art. For him, it should be okay to express oneself publically instead of just framing certain works of art and leave them hidden behind walls in a museum. Street art is a way for people to communicate with each other anonymously and possibly create big things where people can complete each other’s work and making it bigger and better. I’d love to have the possibility to exhibit my work publically in Egypt like Banksy and Ganzeer, and make people reflect over it, possibly affecting their lives.

What is your biggest dream…?

My biggest dream is to be a mother opening her own art gallery. As a teenager, I’ve created this perfect image of what my dream life would be and I’ve already planned everything. I hope to grow up and work as an architect while always painting during my free time and to relax. I would then be a stay at home mom designing my own gallery. I’ve already thought of the layout, the function and the design of it all. I hope that no matter where life takes me, that I’ll at least be able to make that dream come true.

What makes your art different than others…?

I believe that what makes my art different is the fact that I’m still experimenting with different medias, different themes and haven’t just started a trend in my work with which I feel comfortable. This allows me to have the freedom to shape my work in any way I feel and to not be limited by what I have already done. Also, I don’t focus on the art market as much as some people do. I don’t think whether my art will please a certain audience, or if it fits some certain criteria which will make it sell as long as I personally like the outcome and the meaning. I have been focusing on the lack of perfection in art lately with my work like with my two paintings “Labelled” and “Hidden perfection”. The point is to expose how an artist feels after completing an artwork. Personally, there isn’t one painting of mine that I can look at without seeing a flaw. This is the concept that no art is perfect and that no matter what, we will never be able to please everyone because there will always be something wrong with it.

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Georgia Argyropoulos "The feminine desires are celebrated in my work" OIAF 2018 Exhibitor

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I am an Impressionistic artist who focuses on the atmosphere in a scene and I feel driven to express myself through light. How it falls on a scene, what emotion that evokes. My creative process is sensual and very personal. I feel compelled to be fully engaged in the process. It is never enough to just record what I see. I need to feel the canvas and the oils on my fingertips. I need to breath in the heady smells. I love the sound of that connection between the canvas and I. It becomes a real, living experience. It sounds strange to explain. And of course, visually its stimulating to see a thing come alive under you. I use my fingertips as a paint brush and as a personal marker on each canvas, sometimes touching a canvas hundreds or even thousands of times before a work is completed. I often forget to sign my work because my personal stamp is already all over it. Its obviously mine.

The feminine desires are celebrated in my work. Though emancipated from the restrictions of the outdated role of being a women, we still find joy in our homes and traditions, and this joy is timeless. The joy we derive keep many of us enslaved in mundane activities in and around our homes. This strange joy will be celebrated in my work. I guess I'm making a statement on some level. Yes, yes... well done womans lib thank you, but I'm still stuck in my role. On some level its instinctual I guess. Nesting instinct?

Where do you get your inspiration?

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I feel compelled to record the atmosphere created by the light coming through. It marks a scene in its own particular way and an emotion is evoked. When I consider that a light source billions of miles away can filter through the ozone, beam through the clouds, come through my little window and effect how I FEEL about an arrangement? THAT'S my inspiration. I feel that connection to the source of light, I want to record how that light specifically effects my little life at that exact point in time.

How do you deal with artist's block

I recently experienced this for the first time. I had an emotional loss of epic proportions, very hard to define. Extreme. The resulting mourning period stole all my desires to create. I overcame this black period by filling my soul with art. I decided to fill the void with all the beauty and healing that art has to offer. Each beautiful Monet, van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne I gazed over was a building block, setting up an imaginary bridge over the dark, back to the light of creativity. My first attempt to create something was as basic as scratching a pencil over a stencil. Thats how low my creative ebb and flow was. My first oil painting after this dark period of mourning was a robust Nelson Mandela Strelitzia, standing firmly planted in its natural environment on South African soil with a dreamlike quality to the night sky behind it. I felt like I was saying, I'm home. As If I had been lost and wandering about the earth without that freedom to create.

I know my artwork is finished when...

When I can literally not touch it once more with a fingerprint, a pallet knife or a paint brush. And because I NEVER feel that exact point in the creativity process, my work is never completed. Its literally finished when its sold and carried away with wet paint patches and me running after it to "just do one more thing." Being a bit of a perfectionist is hard when your creative outlet is impressionistic. But I would freak out if I was attempting to be a camera, so really, being an impressionist is a saftey measure for my sanity.

Most looking forward to this exhibition because...

I am most looking forward to this exhibition because it is my first international exhibition and the third in my fledgling art career. Im generally terrified of crowds and prefer to be invisible so this amazing opportunity also gives me a chance to face my fears and insecurities. And what an amazing opportunity to be able to be here as an artist at the Oxford International Art Fair! Its really a dream I never even dared to contemplate. I was forced into the first two exhibitions. To be here at this level is such a motivation to allow art to fully take over my life. It has given me a license to do what makes me happiest in this world and that is to record it in my own special hands-on way.

Volunteer at the Oxford International Art Fair 2018

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Interested in interning or volunteering for an international art fair? Then look no further! Opportunities are available to learn about every aspect of building a fair, including being on-site and working the actual event.

The volunteers receive (upon successful completion): 
- ‘Certificate of Completion Oxford Art Fair volunteer Assistant” 2018.
- Official thank you letter signed by the Director of the organisation. 
- Invitation for 2 for the VIP After-Party on Sat 24th February 2018.
- Free Catalogue Oxford Art Fair 2018
- Free 2 VIP Tickets Fri 23 Feb Champagne Reception to invite key contacts.

To find out more please fill in the form below and we will contact you about current openings.

Please also email us with your CV, Profile Pic and Languages you speak. Email to office@globalartagency.com

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Inspiring art to enjoy at the fifth annual Oxford International Art Fair

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

23-25 February 2018


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12th February 2018:  Art lovers will get the chance to come face to face with some of the world's most exciting contemporary art created by leading artists on the modern art scene at this year's Oxford International Art Fair, which takes place in the city from 23rd - 25th February 2018.

Oxford's art fair, now in its fifth successful year, brings together some of the most innovative new work from established and emerging artists and galleries, gathered under the roof of one of the city's most iconic buildings. 

Inside the magnificent 19th century Oxford Town Hall on St Aldate's in the heart of the city, will be an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, illustrations, photographs, ceramics, jewellery and much more, presented for sale and simply to admire by the artists themselves.

Novice and seasoned art lovers alike will be able to peruse the collections, talk to the artists who created them, pick out a piece to buy or even have one specially commissioned for a home or office wall.  Or they can just wander through the three halls taking in the rich collection of artwork on display.

The art on show over the three day weekend event, which is free to attend, will have travelled from over 26 countries around the world, as well as there being a sizeable collection from closer to home presented by UK based artists and galleries.  It all adds up to a perfectly inspiring day out in the City of Dreaming Spires, which is less than an hour away from London by train.

"This bustling art fair gives art collectors and enthusiasts a great opportunity to get their hands on art, buying directly from the artist who has travelled all the way to Oxford to show and sell their unique pieces," says art fair organiser Joëlle Dinnage, who hosts and curates the annual event along with her business partner Natal Vallvé from The Global Art Agency.

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"We've carefully selected the artists and galleries showing their work, so that only the most innovative and thought-provoking contemporary art is shown at the fair, added exclusive events like the VIP sneak preview on the opening night and the chance to vote for the best work on show, adding up to a really special experience for the visitor and indeed the exhibitor," she says.

Some of many highlights from this year's art fair include work from the following artists:

·      Taiwan based artist and lifestyle blogger Han-Sheng Huang (www.hshuang.co)

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·      One of the UK's leading portrait artists James Earley (www.jamesearleyartist.com)

·      Bulgarian artist Radi Nedelchev, best known as a painter of naïve art (www.radinedelchevart.com)

·      Oxford watercolour abstract artist Jenny Boden (http://jennybowdenart.com)

·      Painter Edward Ofosu who lives and works in London (www.edwardofosu.com)

"With the beautiful town hall, a jewel at the heart of the historic city of Oxford, making up the backdrop to the event, it really is a fantastic chance to witness some of the most impressive art close up, meet the artists behind it and enjoy a truly inspirational day out.  Why not make a weekend out of it and enjoy all that Oxford has to offer while you're here?" she adds.

The fifth Oxford International Art Fair takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 23rd February and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018 at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BX.  Tickets are free and can be reserved in advance by going to www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com.

Tickets for the exclusive art fair preview, which takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 23rd February and cost £10 to include a glass of champagne and live music, are available in advance from www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/tickets/


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Fifth annual Oxford International Art Fair offers wealth of opportunities

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Oxford Town Hall, 23-25 February 2018

One of the UK's most vibrant and successful art events is returning to the city of Oxford next February, offering a valuable platform for UK and international artists and galleries to show their work and sell commission-free, and there is still time to take part. 

The Oxford International Art Fair, now in its fifth year, will be held in the magnificent setting of Oxford Town Hall in the heart of the city, from 23rd to 25th February 2018, showing work from over 150 artists and galleries from around the world.  With more than 10,000 visitors expected to attend over three days, the fair offers an unmissable opportunity to show and sell work. 

Expertly curated by the award-winning art entrepreneur Joëlle Dinnage and business partner Natal Vallvé from The Global Art Agency, the Oxford International Art Fair art fair offers a unique experience for exhibitors and visitors alike, as Joëlle explains.  

"When we created the fair, five years ago, our intention was to provide artists and galleries with an affordable and accessible shop window for their work, within the setting of a unique space that fused the art together with the architecture of the venue chosen to host it.  It was all about wanting to inspire, engage and excite," she says.

"Four successful years and £2,4 million of art fair-generated sales later, our focus remains the same.  We have expanded the fair to fill three halls here in Oxford with an incredible array of modern and contemporary art and provided a package of exhibitor support that simply isn't available anywhere else. 

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"Artists can gain recognition by taking part in the Oxford International Art Fair Awards; maximise their presence through our expert curator, on-site and promotional services, attend a special private view and vernissage, and of course, sell their work with zero commission," she says.  "They can even be virtually there by showing their work in our digital art showcase."

With pitches starting from as little as £350, only a modest outlay is required to secure attendance at one of the UK's most highly regarded free-to-attend art events. 

Among the artists who have already signed up for 2018 include:

·      Taiwan based artist and lifestyle blogger Han-Sheng Huang (www.hshuang.co)

·      One of the UK's leading portrait artists James Earley (www.jamesearleyartist.com)

·      Bulgarian artist Radi Nedelchev, best known as a painter of naïve art (www.radinedelchevart.com)

·      Oxford watercolour abstract artist Jenny Boden (http://jennybowdenart.com)

·      Painter Edward Ofosu who lives and works in London (www.edwardofosu.com)

"Hundreds of artists and galleries have exhibited and sold work with us here in Oxford over the past few years - just take a look here (www.globalartagency.com/testimonials) to see how the fair wowed them," says Joëlle.  "We're gearing up to make 2018 another big success, with even more opportunities to sell work, receive commissions and gain profile.  Don't miss this valuable opportunity to be there," she adds.

The Oxford International Art Fair 2018 is now open for exhibitors to apply to take part.  For more information or to book, please go to www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/apply (NOW CLOSED)

The Oxford International Art Fair takes place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February 2018 at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX.  For more information please go to www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com, where tickets can also be booked.

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Oxford International Art Fair 2017 wows the crowd!

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MORE than 6500 art lovers eager to snap up an original piece of contemporary work filed through the doors of Oxford Town Hall over the weekend (Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February 2017) as the city hosted the fourth Oxford International Art Fair.

The three halls in the venue were packed with over 150 artists and galleries from some 26 countries around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall.

The fair’s relatively small size makes it easy to consume and not challenging to revisit your favorite booths after the first go around. It also strikes a good balance between fun and substance, with a smattering of big names such as Damien Hirst and a sizable pool of lesser-known artists. 

Artists and galleries reported bustling trade during the three day free art event, with many making multiple sales and receiving commissions on original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and illustrations.

Visitors from as far as Paris came over specifically to visit the Art Fair. Visitor Mrs Jeanvieve (Paris) said: "I have always been keen on Contemporary Art, and to see art in a place with such great history and ambience is spectacular. I am wow-ed by the artworks on show, and bought 3 pieces by upcoming talent. I will visit the Amsterdam International Art Fair next, as Tokyo is a bit far for me."

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One of the favourites Justin Davies: "I just wanted to congratulate the organisation on another excellent art exhibition. As always it was well organised and gets better every year. I had a very successful exhibition selling a piece for £1300 and two commissions. I met many artists and made new friends and contacts in a fantastic venue and atmosphere."

Digital Artist MartinR said: "I wanted to thank you so much for the wondrous exhibition at Oxford. It was a great pleasure to be a part of it. Of all the exhibitions I have been during the past 12 months, several in London and some in Bristol, yours is the one I find to be the best of them all. Both the organisation and the help provided by your team at the exhibition, friendly, helpful, a pleasure. So much so, that I will no doubt be in Oxford for the next one."

Abstract Artist Bea Palatinus said: "I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for having had the opportunity to exhibit at the 2017 Fair. It was a wonderful and very enjoyable experience for me, with lots of very positive feedback and kindness from the people who visited the exhibition. I think I will remember these three days as one of the greatest times in my life and certainly will consider it a very important milestone in my art career, with all the reassurance I received from the visitors, artists as well as the staff themselves who contributed to the event in a very professional and helpful manner. I sold three of my paintings, but even without the sales I would have the exact same opinion - a great time among people who love art. I had some really meaningful conversations, made connections, even friends, and just basically had lots of fun at the fair. So please count me in in your next fair in 2018, I'll certainly apply and be there if I have the chance. I was especially glad to meet two of your staff, Victory, a very intelligent and kind young lady and Laura, who was very helpful and also very enthusiastic, but everyone in your staff was really friendly, smiling, making us all feel home and welcome. Everything was very professionally organized - so I'd like to congratulate and thank you for your work!" 

THE GLOBAL ART AWARDS 2017.

Giving Artists the recognition that they deserve and acknowledgement for their hard work. The Awards were judged by Richard Knight (former Christie's Chairman), Bill Heine (BBC Presenter), and Esther Lafferty (Artweeks Director).

Ion Severin, won the first prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2017', and was chosen as a winner for his 'Regeneration' graphic artworks. 

Followed by Merab Surviladze who won the second prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2017' who paints artworks that are fascinating to look at, capturing detailed shadows of dots of paint - a fresh concept. 

With Roy's People winning the third prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2017' who's photography art of 'Roy's (little) People in surreal situation creates a fun energy mixed with a pop art sense - a favourite of the jury as well as the public who voted for him.

Dates 2018

Next year's edition of the Oxford International Art Fair will be held at the Oxford Town Hall on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018. 

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Win x2 Free Tickets to the Vernissage of the Oxford International Art Fair 2017 (worth £20 GBP)

This is your chance to win x2 free VIP Tickets (normally £ 10 each) to the grand opening of the Oxford International Art Fair 24-26 Feb 2017 including champagne reception on Friday 24th Feb from 18.00hr to 21.00hr at the Oxford Town Hall.

Have the first opportunity to buy directly from the artist that travelled all the way to Oxford. 150 exhibitors from over 30 countries including many from Oxfordshire. 

To have the chance in winning the tickets please complete this sentence below: "Art means to me....." 

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Winners will receive the VIP E-Tickets a few days before the Art Fair. The Tickets are valid to enter the show on Friday 24th Feb (Vernissage) 18.00-21.00. Also gives access to Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th Feb from 11.00am to 18.00pm. 

Visit the art fair for free on Saturday 25th Feb and Sunday 26th Feb from 11.00am to 18.00pm. All art on show is for sale and can be purchased on the day. 

VIP Tickets can also be bought online here.

Competition closes on Thursday 23/02/2017. Winners will be notified then.

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Oxford open for art business at the fourth Oxford International Art Fair

Oxford Town Hall, 24th to 26th February 2017

09 February 2017:  It's been widely reported that the art market today is on the rise again, having emerged from a turbulent 12 months. Sotheby's benchmark figures from 2016 show a total of $4.1 billion auction sales, slightly down on 2015, but every indication is that 2017 is set to be a promising year.

With key works like Edvard Munch's 'Girls on the Bridge' selling for $54.5 million at Sotheby's New York in November, real business is being done.  There is a feeling of optimism and now could be just the moment to buy art, whether you are looking for a piece to decorate your home or interested in art as an investment.

Visiting an art fair, like the Oxford International Art Fair which takes place later this month in the city, can be a great way of finding out what's available on the market and buying wisely.  Art fairs bring together a large selection of artworks of different styles and media from a variety of artists under one roof, with scope to look round, talk to the artists and take your time before buying.

With over 120 UK and international artists taking part in this year's free-to-attend Oxford International Art Fair over the weekend of 24th to 26th February 2017, there will be ample opportunity to see work from up and coming artists as well as more established names.

 Riejanne Boeschoten

Riejanne Boeschoten

Leila Kanso -  Canadian Lebanese, living thirty six years oversees, achieving twelve years of intensive individual art formation with prominent masters. Riejanne Boeschoten - Netherlands. The extraordinary of ordinary things: that is what inspires Boeschoten. She paints her subjects mega large and ultra precise, making their overwhelming beauty touch you unexpectedly. Mujeeb Kehar (Gabriela) - UAE. Kehar’s inspiration and believes come from PEACE. Creating contemporary sign of “Peace is always beautiful”.

 Mujeeb Kehar

Mujeeb Kehar

Exciting new work from young Barcelona-based artist Soph Pepolo (www.pepoloart.com), who employs artistic techniques such as watercolour and ink to recall impromptu scenes of daily life alongside deeper, philosophical soul-searching pieces, will be on show.  Photographer / artist Dagur Jonsson (www.dagurjonssonphotography.com) will also be presenting his haunting photographs of Icelandic landscapes that capture the beauty of isolation and being alone in nature.

With high profile pieces such as an original Damien Hirst on show from the London-based InVogue Art Gallery, there is ample opportunity to see perhaps one of the most varied collections of contemporary art, with the chance to buy original pieces directly from the artist.  

All the artists chosen to attend the Oxford International Art Fair have been carefully selected by a team of Curators under the lead of award-winning art entrepreneur Joelle Dinnage, who through The Global Art Agency runs a series of large-scale international art fairs around the world with her business partner Natal Vallvé.  Only this week Ms Dinnage was nominated for three categories in the prestigious Venus Awards 2017, for Female Entrepreneur, Inspirational Woman and Business Mother.

About this year's Oxford event, Joelle says:  "We're expecting the art fair to be a highlight event in the calendar with a real buzz that captures the excitement in the industry at the moment, with so much vibrant new work emerging.

"Business is brisk and we'll be joined by some of the most prominent emerging contemporary artists who are travelling from as far as Kenya, Australia and the USA to show their work.  There will be so much to inspire as well as to buy, whether your liking is for paintings, photographs, jewellery or sculpture.  You can even help nominate the best artists taking part in the fair, by voting over the weekend in the Oxford International Awards 2017," she says.  "Simply vote on your 'phone during your visit and follow the action live on Twitter and Facebook."

 Leila Kanso

Leila Kanso

The art fair starts on Friday 24th February at 6pm with a special private view and vernissage attended by selected artists.  Tickets, which include a glass of Catalan Cava and live jazz, cost £10 and can be booked at http://www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/vernissage/.

Entry to the rest of the fair is free and tickets can be pre-booked by going to www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/tickets.

The Oxford International Art Fair 2017 takes place at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2017, from 11am to 6pm.  For more information please go to http://www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/

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Press contacts:

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Volunteer at the Oxford International Art Fair 2017

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Interested in interning or volunteering for an international art fair? Then look no further! Opportunities are available to learn about every aspect of building a fair, including being on-site and working the actual event.

The volunteers receive (upon successful completion): 
- ‘Certificate of Completion Oxford Art Fair volunteer Assistant” 2017.
- Official thank you letter signed by the Director of the organisation. 
- Invitation for 2 for the VIP After-Party on Sat 25th February 2017.
- Free Catalogue Oxford Art Fair 2017
- Free 2 VIP Tickets Fri 24 Feb Champagne Reception to invite key contacts.

To find out more please fill in the form below and we will contact you about current openings.

Please also email us with your CV, Profile Pic and Languages you speak. Email to office@globalartagency.com

Please note that only volunteers living in UK will be considered.

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Dreaming spires to host the city's fourth acclaimed international art fair

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, 24th to 26th February 2017 

8th December 2016: Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is welcoming back the highly acclaimed Oxford International Art Fair, a hub for respected UK and international artists and galleries, when the fourth annual event takes place in the heart of the city next February.

From Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February, the Oxford's majestic Town Hall will be the setting for an unmissable three days of inspirational contemporary art with unique pieces on display to buy or simply to admire.  There will also be live art demonstrations as well as voting in the Oxford International Awards 2017, when the fair's top artists will be named and celebrated.   

This year's art fair will pack each of the venue's three halls with vibrant displays of art from a selection of international exhibitors from 26 countries including the UK. There will be paintings, sculptures, photography, illustrations, jewellery, bespoke crafts amongst the innovative work on show.  Visitors can wander through the halls and talk to the artists who created the work, buy directly from the artist or commission a bespoke piece.   

 Roy's People

Roy's People

Among those taking part in the fair this time will be urban artist Roy's People, whose work combines miniature figures, photography and street scenes to create situations in a micro world that reflects on human surroundings, feelings and emotions. Roy has recently carried out commissions for The Big Issue, Sea World, Time Out, The Royal Mint, The Other Art Fair, Psychologies magazine and many others. 

The London-based InVogue Art Gallery meanwhile is aiming to bring an original Damien Hirst to the city, with the chance to view the work of one of the most prominent contemporary British artists.

 Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

Access to the fair is completely free, though for just £10, there is the option of gaining coveted access to a champagne sneak preview at a special VIP and vernissage from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 24th February.

"This year's Oxford International Art Fair builds on the success of each of the previous year's,  making it a key event in the international art fairs calendar," says Joëlle Dinnage of The Global Art Agency who organises the fair alongside her business partner Natal Vallvé.  "We have an amazing selection of artists and galleries taking part this year, all making for the historic city of Oxford which is truly a fabulous place to hold the fair.  

"The calibre of the art on show will be outstanding, and, as well as having the opportunity to pick out a special piece for your home, work place or garden, there will be the chance to hear the stories behind the work and of the artists themselves.  It really is an exciting, modern way to buy art," she says.

The fourth Oxford International Art Fair opens with a special private view and vernissage at 6pm on Friday 24th February and continues throughout the weekend with two free full days of art and art events. The fair is open from 11am to 6pm on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017 and tickets can be booked at www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/tickets 

The Oxford International Art Fair 2017,  Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX. 

For more information please go to http://www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/ 

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Press contacts:

Joëlle Dinnage (Oxford based) +44(0)7825 443925

office@globalartagency.com / contact@joelledinnage.com

www.joelledinnage.com or Sarah Pracey +44(0)7985 112 777 / sarah@praceypr.com

 

Success for third Oxford International Art Fair

MORE than 6500 art lovers eager to snap up an original piece of contemporary work filed through the doors of Oxford Town Hall over the weekend (Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2016) as the city hosted the third Oxford International Art Fair.

The three halls in the venue were packed with over 150 artists and galleries from some 26 countries around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall.

Artists and galleries reported bustling trade during the three day free art event, with many making multiple sales and receiving commissions on original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and illustrations.

 Barry Davies

Barry Davies

One of the exhibitors was Barry Davies a Sculptor from Wales and he said: "What an excellent exhibition!!! I have commissions for five bronze sculptures, a sixth in coldcast bronze a possible invitation by a gallery owner in Cheltenham, personal advice from Christies ex-chairman Richard Knight on marketing and promotion of my work and a lengthy discussion with a Director of a gallery in Berlin whose advice was priceless. I thank you for your professionalism and assistance throughout, and I look forward to exhibiting with you at Oxford in the future." 

Alce Harfield who exhibited at the Art Fair from the first edition through to the third said: "Great show this year, it gets better and better, and another sale today from the show!"

Lesley Debson from London said "My stand was in the beautiful main hall at the entrance, and we saw a steady stream of guests all weekend. I sold 7 artworks and had lots of interest, lovely visitors and good atmosphere."

 Rupert Aker

Rupert Aker

Rupert Aker said: "A great show. I sold 11 paintings and had great conversations with guests and fellow artists alike. I was pleased that I made it to the networking evening as that was great fun. Looking forward to next year!" 

Organisers of the fair, Joëlle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city’s reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.

 David Nelson

David Nelson

“The third Oxford International Art Fair was a great success, with an amazing atmosphere and a real buzz throughout the weekend,” said Joëlle. “We are very happy with how it all went. The footfall was great, there was a genuine excitement across the halls and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

 Detail of Tessa Jane's art

Detail of Tessa Jane's art

“Importantly, the artists and galleries had a successful show, selling works, making commissions and simply making connections, which is what the essence of the event is all about. We want to connect artists with people who appreciate art, whether they’re expert collectors or just starting out, and we’re happy to have made very good progress - I am expecting great after-sales for the exhibitors and hoping that connections made will turn into more success for them.

Visitors had the chance to vote for the most popular artist of the event, which was a very good initiative said Chris Smith an art collector from Stanton-Harcourt. "The art fair was very lively with live jazz music, and there was the opportunity to vote for best artist. I was there on Friday evening for the opening with champagne reception which was very well organised. On Sunday I attended the Global Art Awards Ceremony as I was interested to know the results, and I was impressed by the whole show around it. I will certainly visit again."

The Global Art Awards 2016.

 The winners from left to right: Tessa Jane, Shefford Smith, David Nelson, Hassan Richter.

The winners from left to right: Tessa Jane, Shefford Smith, David Nelson, Hassan Richter.

Giving Artists the recognition that they deserve and acknowledgement for their hard work. The Awards were judged by Richard Knight (former Christie's Chairman), Bill Heine (BBC Presenter), Esther Lafferty (Artweeks Director), and Kieran Stiles (Tutor and known painter). 

Tessa Jane, won the first prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2016', and was chosen because of the textile artworks she creates. Inspired by poetry the colours, patterns, textures, line and tone are the key elements. “fresh and semi-abstract”. Richard Knight commented that the amount of work that goes into creating the fine details of her work is of great admiration.

Followed by David Nelson who won the second prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2016' who creates pictures that evoke memories of places, journeys and forgotten feelings. 

With Hassan Richter winning the third prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2016' who's photography art of East Germany situations and environments that were made between 2007 and 2013 - a favourite of the jury as well as the public who voted for him.

And a commendation to Shefford Smith who's illustration art impressed the jury, and had to be named.

Other exhibitors that were amongst the most populair artists of the show voted by the public were: Jeff MurrayAlexander Korzer-Robinson, Sameer HazariAlce Harfield, Nicky ChubbGregory EmvyEka PeradzeBridget Bernadette Karn, and Sabina Pieper.

Dates 2017

Next year's edition of the Oxford International Art Fair will be held at the Oxford Town Hall on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017. 

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Countdown to the city's biggest art fair has begun - Oxford International Art Fair 2016

The third Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall, Oxford, 26th to 28th February 2016.

 Sameer Hazari

Sameer Hazari

24th February 2016: There are just days left until the biggest collection of contemporary art arrives in the city of Oxford and with it the chance to meet the artists who have travelled from around the world and from the four corners of Oxfordshire to take part.

Coming along to the art fair, now in its third successful year, gives art lovers the chance to see and buy unique pieces as well as talk to the artists who created them, something which makes the event stand out.  More than 100 artists from 26 countries will be there over the three day event, which fills three halls of Oxford's majestic Town Hall this weekend.

 Gregory Emvy "Human Souls"

Gregory Emvy "Human Souls"

"This is the third installation of the art fair here in Oxford and this year we're anticipating the event to be the most successful yet," says Joelle Dinnage of The Global Art Agency who organises the fair alongside her business partner Natal Vallvé. "More than 10,000 visitors are expected through the doors over the weekend to admire the huge array of artworks on show, from local, national and international artists. 

 Jeff Murray

Jeff Murray

"The beauty of the fair is that the artists are there on the day to explain the ideas and inspiration behind their work, so you get a real understanding of how it was created.  You can buy from the artists you like and take home an original piece that really appeals to you.  You can even take a sneak preview of the event by browsing the catalogue beforehand and then making a beeline for the artists whose work you've taken to," she says.

 Cheng YuHsuan

Cheng YuHsuan

Among the work on display will be oil coloured painted hospital x-rays from award-winning Russian artist Gregory Emvy; colourful interactive and optical fine art from Indian artist Sameer Hazari - also described as "Damien Hirst style" by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz - and surreal illustrations created by Aylesbury artist Jeff Murray. Also works by USA performance artist Christine Walters, and works presented by Taiwan based ShaenArt Atelier from the artist Cheng YuHsuan. Details of all the exhibitors are in the online catalogue here.

Whilst entry to the art fair is free on the Saturday and Sunday, visitors can also get ahead of the game and take a first look at the artwork on sale by buying a ticket to the special VIP Preview which takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 26th February. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of bubbly.

VIP tickets are selling fast but can be booked online today by going online here.

The Oxford International Art Fair takes place from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February, culminating in the Oxford International Art Fair Awards at 4pm on Sunday 28th February 2016.  Come along to Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX or for more details please go to www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com



The Global Art Awards Ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall

Announcing Best Global Artists of the Oxford International Art Fair 2016 on Sunday 28th Feb at 16.00pm. Free Entry.


View the official Oxford International Art Fair 2016 Catalogue  

Catalogues are available to purchase at the Oxford International Art Fair 26-28 Feb 2016 at the Oxford Town Hall for £ 5 each. Printed to the highest environmental standards by double Queen's award-winning Seacourt Printing


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Official print partner - Oxford International Art Fair 2016


Oxford’s third international art fair to be the biggest yet!

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, 26th to 28th February 2016

Oxford International Art Fair

The majestic setting of Oxford Town Hall will once again be the backdrop for the biggest collection of contemporary art to be brought together under one roof as the city prepares to host the third Oxford International Art Fair next year. The 2016 fair, a free to attend event which takes place over the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February, is set to be the largest and most successful yet, with more than 150 artists from all around the world filling three halls with a huge array of original art. Oxfordshire’s artistic talent will also be more visible than ever, with some 35 local artists from Witney to Thame showing and selling their work.

“We’re really excited about this year’s art fair which is already shaping up to be a great event for anyone who is passionate about original art,” says Joëlle Dinnage of the Global Art Agency who organises the fair alongside her business partner Natal Vallvé.

Oxford Art Fair

“We are expecting some outstanding international and UK artists and galleries and a fantastic selection of modern pieces from painting and sculpture to photography and illustrations which will be on show and on sale throughout the three day event. “Interest is at an all-time high, with more than 10,000 art lovers expected through the doors over the weekend, and pitches selling out within a short space of time,” she says. “We’re especially pleased to have more local artists than previously at the fair, names like Witney artist Cathryn Jeff, whose distinctive land and seascapes many people will have seen during Oxfordshire Artweeks. We’re also expecting a special collection of contemporary ceramics from Oxford’s Daiva Kojelyte-Marrow, known for her surrealistic, often colourful pieces inspired by nature, and highlights from the social assemblage projects of Jericho based Victor Buehring. Artists and galleries from as far away as Vietnam, Taiwan, Dubai and the USA will join us too,” she adds.

 ShaenArt

ShaenArt

Among them will be ShaenArt Atelier representing Cheng YuHsuan, an artist based in Taipei, Taiwan. Shaen’s unique style of painting is all about bold colours used strikingly across landscapes, still life and portraits, with each piece telling its own story.

 Christine Walters

Christine Walters

Christine Walters is a performance artist who originally hails from the USA and now working in London. She paints the abstract of live DJ music, where her art is created against an exciting backdrop of music and performance. Visitors might catch her live in action at the fair. Visitors will also be able to wander through the halls admiring the art and talking to the artists to find out more about how they work. They will be able to buy directly from the artist, taking away a one-off piece for the home, office or garden. Afterwards they can vote in person or on their smart ‘phones in the Oxford International Art Fair Awards, which celebrate the artists whose work has particularly caught their eye and those of a panel of judges specially invited to critique the artworks.

Judges include Esther Lafferty, Festival Director of Oxfordshire Artweeks, BBC Oxford’s Bill Heine and serial-entrepreneur and businessman Sean Shannon, Guinness Book of Records holder of the fastest speaker in the world, plus a mystery guest judge who will be revealed shortly. Between them they will all help decide the ‘Best Oxford International Art Fair Artist’ 2016 and win an exhibition at another forthcoming international art fair.

New features for this year include the art fair’s first wine tasting event where visitors can indulge their passion for the grape alongside art and purchase a tasting course for just £5 which gives them three wines and complimentary canapés.

“This fantastic, free art fair is a brilliant way for anyone who loves art to come and have a great experience coming face to face with talented artists and their work,” says Joëlle. “Browse the collections, discover more about art and hunt out a special piece for yourself or as a gift. Art is something that anyone can enjoy, whatever their knowledge, and the art fair is the perfect place to do it,” she says.

The fair starts in style on the Friday night, 26th February 2016, with a special private view and champagne reception. Throughout the event we will be raising awareness for charity Cancer Research and there will also be the chance to raise money for good causes by bidding for selected artworks during the event.

Entry to the rest of the art fair is free and tickets can be booked in advance to save queuing: http://www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/tickets/.



Volunteer at the Oxford International Art Fair

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Interested in interning or volunteering for an international art fair? Then look no further! Opportunities are available to learn about every aspect of building a fair, including being on-site and working the actual event.

The volunteers receive (upon successful completion): 
- ‘Certificate of Completion Oxford Art Fair volunteer Assistant” 2016.
- Official thank you letter signed by the Director of the organisation. 
- Invitation for 2 for the VIP After-Party on Sat 28th February 2016.
- Free Catalogue Oxford Art Fair 2015
- Free 2 VIP Tickets Fri 28 Feb Champagne Receptie to invite key contacts.

To find out more please fill in the form below and we will contact you about current openings.

Please also email us with your CV, Profile Pic and Languages you speak. Email to office@globalartagency.com

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