Joelle Dinnage

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 

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

For more information please go to 


Press contacts:

Joëlle Dinnage (Oxford based) +44(0)7825 443925 / or Sarah Pracey +44(0)7985 112 777 /


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.

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

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

Official print partner - Oxford International Art Fair 2016