One of the major benefits of buying art from an art fair that has a selection process, like Cambridge City Art Fair, is that you know that the work on display has already met stringent criteria based on quality. Even so, if you have questions about a piece of work or the artist responsible just ask the dealer or gallery selling the work- the chances are they have established a good relationship with the artist over a period of time and have invested themselves in that work because they believe it has merit.
Our galleries and dealers have years of experience and have probably heard every question that it is possible for a prospective purchaser to ask about the art they are selling. Don't be nervous about asking 'stupid' questions- there's no such thing!
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Camburn Fine Art, based in Loire, France, specialises in the work of British Artist Alan Halliday primarily, and also Anthony Murphy, and the French ceramicist Francois Peyrat.
Alan Halliday, (b. 1952) is an internationally established British artist, (see The Dictionary of British Artists since 1945). Writing in The Times, the art critic John Russell Taylor said, “Halliday paints what obsesses him. His style is boldly calligraphic. Even his large-scale oil paintings depend largely on the definition of effective line while his smaller works in ink, gouache and pastel are built on a structure of amazingly fluid, spontaneous strokes of the pen; but they are in fact more than that. While the line may define the form, it is the colour which gives it form and life.”
Halliday has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years, holding more than 100 exhibitions in the USA, Europe, India and the Middle East. His paintings are in the collections of the following London museums: Victoria & Albert Museum; the Theatre Museum, The Museum of London as well as several Oxford colleges and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, USA. His paintings are also acquired by collectors worldwide.
Camburn Fine Art will be exhibiting at Cambridge City Art Fair for the second time this year. Find them on Stands C7/C8 in the Large Hall.
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Cambridge-based Hammond Smith has been operating as a picture dealer since 1983 and since then has exhibited widely and curated exhibitions of DeWint at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and Stoke City Art Gallery. He has published books and articles on artists such as Albert Goodwin, Peter DeWint, John Glover & Henry Edridge.
Hammond will be exhibiting an eclectic mix of work at Cambridge City Art Fair 2014, ranging from British watercolours by Goodwin, Barrett, Werner, Ackerman, Churchyard and the Fraser family to twentieth century artists such as Kramer, Nicholson, Hughes, Hockney and Hirst.
MOOi is a leading architecture practice based in Cambridge. Our approach is influenced by the principles of Dutch design and our name, pronounced ‘moy’, connects with our Dutch roots (the meaning is ‘all things beautiful’ – a positive endorsement of our philosophy!)
The practice has a reputation for contemporary, sustainable design with extensive experience working on projects across a range of market sectors, including projects for The University of Cambridge and its Colleges, private residential new build and redesign commissions, multiple residency development projects and commercial offices.
MOOi pride ourselves on being a practice able to respond intelligently to the needs of our clients and as such our design process is unique to each project we complete.
Our studio is a creative work environment and our aim is to couple contemporary, innovative and elegant design with the project aspirations, budgets and time frames our clients have in mind. We have a genuine understanding of building methods and construction and this is reflected in our designs which incorporate sustainable materials and have an emphasis on clever and practical design and use solutions.
Our design process always starts with meeting our clients face to face, listening to them and creating a well-developed understanding of their needs before producing considered and clear design solutions which bring their ideas to life.
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The most important thing to know about buying art, either as a one off or as the start of a private collection, is that there's no list of things that you need to know before you jump in. If you see a piece of art that you absolutely love and you want to buy it, then buy it. You don't need to have credentials or a degree in Art History to start a collection, you just need to have a desire to collect and the means to pay for it.
The more you expose yourself to art and the 'art world', the more you will be able to 'evaluate' what is fundamentally good art, what suits your taste and how to build & develop your collection.
If you are collecting for investment purposes then you will need to research as much as possible and, more importantly perhaps, build relationships with good quality, experienced dealers and galleries who can advise you further.
If, however, you are collecting for your own enjoyment in the hope that your collection will increase in value over time, make sure that you like what you buy. It is you that will live with the art for many years so it has to be something that you are confident you will enjoy.
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We are very pleased to announce that the Josephine Harpur Gallery, from Bury St. Edmunds and Aldeburgh, will be showing art and sculpture at the fair for the first time this year with a selection from their wonderful portfolio, including sculpture by Adam Binder (see image below).
The Josephine Harpur Gallery will be on Stand B2 in the Large Hall.
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Byard Art has been a part of the Cambridge art scene since 1998 and we are pleased to announce that they are participating at Cambridge City Art Fair for the second year in a row. During the summer of 2009 Byard Art moved to bigger premises on King’s Parade, directly opposite King’s College. The gallery now encompasses 1,200 square feet of exhibition space over two floors and is pleased to be able to host not only a rolling exhibition programme but also a permanent collection of gallery artists.
You will find them on Stand A4 in the Large Hall at this year's event.
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The art world can seem to the outsider like a secretive, unfamiliar and intimidating place. But it doesn't have to be like that. We believe that great art should play an important part in everyone's life. To make that happen for you, we aim to make buying art at Cambridge City Art Fair a safe and supportive experience for all, whether expert or novice.
Cambridge City Art Fair offers you the opportunity to select and acquire great art and live with it, experience it in your own environment, get to know it, share it with others- all with the reassurance of buying from professional dealers and galleries who have spent years, decades, carefully selecting talented artists worthy of your investment.
The combined knowledge and experience of the galleries and dealers exhibiting at Cambridge City Art Fair will ensure that you are able to find the perfect piece of art to suit you and your needs, even if you don’t know what you are looking for yet!
With around 40 professional galleries and dealers participating in Cambridge City Art Fair, each showing a minimum of 3 artists, you'll be exposed to the work of at least 120 high-quality artists from around the UK and many from abroad.
Perhaps you need to source a large, contemporary sculpture for your office reception, a series of classic modern art prints for your conference room, or perhaps a beautiful landscape painting or sculpture for your home.
There will be high quality art from the 18th and 19th centuries, wonderful modern art from the 20th century and challenging, contemporary work by some of today’s leading international artists at a range of prices.
Many of our exhibitors offer leasing packages for businesses and many more participate in the Arts Council ‘Own Art’ scheme so you can pay for the art you love by instalments.
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"The art world can seem, to the outsider, like a secretive, unfamiliar and intimidating place. But it doesn't have to be like that. We believe that great art should play an important part in everyone's life. To make that happen for you, we aim to make buying art at Cambridge City Art Fair a safe and supportive experience for all, whether expert or novice....
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Eleven And A Half is an art dealership based in London specialising in artists associated with West Cornwall. They represent a select group of well established painters whose work they show and sell at one-off exhibitions and art fairs in the London area and beyond.
We are very pleased to welcome to Eleven And A Half to Cambridge City Art Fair 2014. You will find them on Stand C1 in the Large Hall.
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Image credit: 'Spring Cottage' by John Piper £600.00
We are very pleased to announce that Gordon Cummings from The Fry Public Art Gallery will be delivering a talk at Cambridge City Art Fair as part of our Talks & Presentations programme.
The Fry Public Art Gallery was opened in 1987 and houses an impressive number of paintings, prints, illustrations, wallpapers and decorative designs by artists of the 20th century and the present day who have local connections and have made a significant contribution to their field. There is an emphasis on those who for a variety of reasons settled in Great Bardfield between the early thirties of the last century and the death in 1983 of John Aldridge RA who had lived in the village for fifty years.
Edward Bawden RA who, with his friend Eric Ravilious, discovered Bardfield a year before the arrival of Aldridge and dominated the scene for almost four decades, is represented by nearly 600 items. The Gallery has also acquired work by Ravilious and his wife Tirzah Garwood, and by those other artists who came to the village during the second world war - Michael Rothenstein RA, and his wife Duffy (now Duffy Ayers), Kenneth Rowntree, & George Chapman. The collection also includes prints and paintings by Bawden's son Richard, and examples of the very varied work of artists who made their way to Bardfield in the 1950s - Marianne Straub, Audrey Cruddas, Sheila Robinson, Bernard Cheese and Walter Hoyle.
The Gallery was built in 1856 to house the collection of Francis Gibson, a local Quaker businessman, and the building passed by descent to the Fry family, who lease it to the Fry Art Gallery Society.
Please visit our Talks & Presentations page for more details of the programme.
The Saffron Walden Gallery is a light, airy, tranquil space displaying work by an eclectic mix of contemporary artists, sculptors and ceramicists. A serene environment conducive to the appreciation of fine art.
We exhibit internationally renowned, established artists, but also give wall space to the up-and-coming. With regular solo and group exhibitions there is always something new to see - if you would like to receive an invite to forthcoming events and Private Views please sign up to our newsletter below - we would be pleased to see you!
The Saffron Walden Gallery will be on Stand B7 in the Large Hall.
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Image credit: 'Morning Reflection, Thornham Quay' by Paul J Gunn.
We are delighted to announce that the Josephine Harpur Gallery will be participating at Cambridge City Art Fair 2014 on Stand B2 in the Large Hall. The Josephine Harpur Gallery operates out of two locations, The Aldeburgh Gallery and The Edmund Gallery in Bury St. Edmunds and now at selected art fairs.
Josephine represents a wonderful selection of artists, including Stuart Anderson, Henrietta Dubrey & Pamela Kay.
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We are very pleased to announce the launch of a programme of FREE talks & presentations that will take place during Cambridge City Art Fair 2014. These talks, delivered by respected members of the art community, will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about many different aspects of art, including acquisition, conservation and even inspiration.
We have already booked several speakers for the programme. Laurence Broderick, the world-renowned Sculptor responsible for 'The Bull' in Birmingham, will be talking about the inspiration behind his work. Marlo Gilbert, the former Director and Curator for The William Merrill Gallery in Los Angeles and now Cambridge-based dealer, will be talking about the four golden rules to selecting & purchasing art that is right for you.
We also have a representative from The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden talking about their fantastic collection of 20th Century art and from Access Art, our official charity partner for 2014, talking about exactly what their wonderful charity does to give people access to the arts.
Although the talks & presentations are free to attend for visitors to the art fair, places are strictly limited, so visitors must register for a place in advance. All places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
There will be 6 talks & presentations on Saturday 11th October between 11am and 5pm and 4 more on Sunday 12th October between 11am and 3pm. Each talk will last for approximately 30-40 minutes.
More details to follow shortly.
Ragged Sails (1925)
by Earnest S. Lumsden RE 1883-1948
Lumsden was a landscape and portrait painter and etcher. He travelled widely in India and the Far East. He was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (now the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers) in 1915. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and elsewhere.
The artwork above is available to purchase at £325 from The Victory Gallery. Contact Shaun for more details.
The Victory Gallery will be on Stand A9 in the Large Hall at this year's event.
We are pleased to announce that CCAF13 exhibitor Lilford from Canterbury will be returning this year to Stand A8 in the Large Hall. Lilford shows the work of new, up-and-coming and internationally renowned artists in their gallery space. The gallery is over 3 floors with an eclectic range of artwork, sculpture and jewellery.
Dawn (Lilford) was in the small hall last year showing a fantastic selection of work by artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hurst and renowned local sculptor Laurence Broderick. We can't wait to see what treats she will be bringing this year.
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We are very pleased to announce that Primavera Cambridge will be participating in Cambridge City Art Fair for the first time this year. Primavera is situated opposite King’s College in the heart of the city. A small sister gallery can be found on the corner of Magdalene Street and Northampton Street, opposite the Folk Museum.
The gallery and shop, located over three floors, bring together a refined and well-researched exploration into some of the finest art and crafts in Britain today. Primavera has a unique selection of paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery textiles and more.
Primavera will be on Stand E2 on the stage in the Large Hall.
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(Image below by local Artist Sonia Villiers)
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