Oxford Art Fair

Oxford International Art Fair 2017 wows the crowd!


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."


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!" 


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. 


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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More info: 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/ 


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


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


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.



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/.