Fresh Art Fairs Limited
North Road, Combe Down
Tel: 01242 224734
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FRESH: ART FAIR … 46 leading UK Galleries showing 5,000 works by 400 artists
27 – 29 April 2018
The new contemporary art fair in Cheltenham last year instantly established itself as a key player in the provincial art fair calendar. Described by one leading dealer as “the best contemporary art fair outside London”, the April 2018 show promises to push the bar still higher.
Nearly 4,500 art lovers flocked to Cheltenham Racecourse in May last year to visit Fresh: Art Fair. With 46 leading UK Galleries showing 5,000 works by 400 artists, Fresh: instantly became the biggest contemporary art fair between London and Manchester.
Eleanor & Anthony Wardle
“It was extraordinary”, says co-founder Eleanor Wardle. “We knew we had wonderful Galleries showing world-class artists. We knew we had something for everyone …original prints and paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics from £100 to £50,000. But an hour before the doors opened we had literally no idea how many people would come and whether they would buy. Then they came, 4,300 of them … “Wow” they said, “This is much bigger than we expected” …”the art is much higher quality”. There was a huge buzz. They kept coming back and ended up buying £500,000 of art over the 3 days …not bad for a first fair”.
And they certainly loved the art. A total of 378 paintings and sculptures were purchased by visitors over the weekend including work by such celebrated figures as Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst, internationally acclaimed artists Alan Halliday, Paul Oz, Iryna Yermolova, Anthony Amos and Henrik Simonsen, and many rising stars.
What’s new for Fresh: 2018:
Twenty eight of the 2017 Exhibitors are returning, each with one or two new artists. They include Panter & Hall of Pall Mall and Gallery Different also from London; Lime Tree Gallery from Bristol and Brownston Gallery from Modbury.
New Galleries this year include John Davies Gallery from Moreton-in-Marsh and Gallery Pangolin, part of Pangolin Editions, the biggest sculpture foundry in Europe. From further afield there’ll be Byard Art from Cambridge; Carina Haslam Art; The Fine Art Consultancy of London and Tokyo; London’s Quantum Contemporary; White Space Art from Salcombe and The Doorway Gallery, Dublin.
For the first time in the art fair world, there will be a dedicated outdoor Sculpture Park showing some 70 large outdoor pieces by 15 artists. Once again there will be painters and sculptors working live for visitors to watch and quiz, and there will again be a programme of Talks by art experts.
Fine Art Auctioneers Bonhams will be returning to advise visitors on selling their old art. Visitors are invited to bring a photograph and background information about any pre-contemporary work they might like to sell.
Arts Council supported Own Art will also be on site to make owning art easy and affordable, with interest free credit for purchases between £100 and £25,000 repayable over 10 months.
Where: In the Centaur building at Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Rd, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. 10 minutes from the M5 with unlimited free parking and the Park & Ride shuttle between the town centre and station.
When: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April with a Private View from 5.30pm on the Thursday. The Fair opens at 11.00 each day …closing times on the website.
Tickets: Weekend tickets are £6 per person on the door or only £8 for two online. Private View tickets are £12 for two online, to include wine. The Friday will be free entry until 5.00pm and there will be free wine from 5.30 on Friday. All tickets are valid for the weekend for as many returns as visitors wish.
Children under 16 years old enjoy free entry throughout the Fair.
For more information visit the website.
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