Oxford International Art Fair 2017

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. 

www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com

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