Oxfordshire Artweeks

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:

Sarah Pracey 07985 112 777 / sarah@praceypr.com

or

Joëlle Dinnage (Oxford based) 07825 443925

office@globalartagency.com / contact@joelledinnage.com

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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/.