Oxford International Art Fair Review 2017

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

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

23-25 February 2018

Art by James Early 

Art by James Early 

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.

Han Sheng Huang

Han Sheng Huang

"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)

Jenny Bowden

Jenny Bowden

·      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/


Press contacts:

Sarah Pracey + 44 7985 112 777 / sarah@praceypr.com


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

office@globalartagency.com / joelle.dinnage@gmail.com       www.joelledinnage.com


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.