The VIP Reception at Hotel Du Vin on 17th September went really well and we were pleased to welcome many interesting people, some connected with the fair and others from in and around the city. Our sincere thanks to all those who attended, including (but not limited to)- the Mayor of Cambridge (Cllr Paul Saunders), Antoinette Jackson (Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council), Andrew Nairne (Director Of Kettle's Yard), Louise Cummings (Editor of Style Magazine and The Cambridge Magazine), Stuart Hay (Head of Commercial Business at Addenbrookes Hospital) and Caroline Biggs (Organiser of EAT Cambridge).
We were also very pleased to see so many exhibitors at the event- Richard Chapman of Sheridan Russell, Aleksandra and Lyndon Ristic of Fine Art Escape, Rowan and Liz Yorath of Woodbine Contemporary drove down from Leicestershire, Ros Clevelly from Byard Art, Kathryn Bell from Fine Art Consultancy came all the way from London, Marlo Gilbert from Blue Contemporary, Stephen Edwards from Lime Tree Gallery came from Bristol and Sara Horncastle came from the newly opened Saffron Walden Gallery and booked a stand at the Reception!
It was lovely to spend time with some of the artists that will be featured at the fair in November too, such as- Sarah Dodkin Rush from Soham, Laurence Broderick from Waresely and John Lyons from Littleport. We were also joined by the lovely Cambridge Sculptor Mel Fraser and her daughter Ros.
Huge thanks also to Aimee and the team at Hotel Du Vin for making our VIP Reception such a wonderful event. We would highly recommend Hotel Du Vin for a function of any kind.
Photos courtesy of Cambridge News (c) 2013
The Saffron Walden Gallery was established in 2013 by Bill Tickner and Sara Horncastle.
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, such as Jenny Hirst (see image below) but also give wall space to the up-and-coming.
Saffron Walden is a picturesque, medieval town in North West Essex 15 miles from Cambridge. It is a rural market town, with a rich heritage, a market being held here since 1141. Surrounded by stunning countryside, Saffron Walden has much to offer visitors, including fine examples of medieval architecture and buildings of great historical interest.
The Saffron Walden Gallery will be on Stand 06 in the small hall.
Frameworks- Cottenham is our wrapping station partner at CCAF13. It is also an excellent framing company based in Cottenham, just 10 minutes north of Cambridge.
They offer a fantastic range of framing solutions to private and corporate customers, with thousands of mount and frame options. All their frames are made by hand to order and the advice given by Lee, the owner of the business, is often invaluable.
Frameworks-Cottenham will be offering a whopping 15% discount to all visitors to Cambridge City Art Fair 2013 in November. All you need to do is make sure you pick up one of their leaflets which contains the special offer.
Sarah Dodkin Rush is an Artist based in Soham, Cambridgeshire. Her artistic practice focuses on an engagement between the natural world and mankind. A skilled wood carver and abstract painter, her current work is predominately sculpture.
Using natural, recycled or discarded materials highlights man's ambiguous relationship with the environment and the natural world but from an apolitical standpoint. She draws attention to forms shaped by both man and nature creating a dialogue between the form and the medium.
By framing and abstracting natural forms Sarah challenges viewers to observe the minutiae of colour, form and texture in her materials. Working organically, play and chance influence the ongoing variables of colour and form with space and time. Many of her sculptural works challenge the preconception of sculpture as a predominantly floor-based art form.
Sarah's sculptures will be featured by the Aceo Gallery on Stand 30 in the Large Hall.
McAllister Thomas has grown to become one of Surrey’s most recognised galleries. Situated in the beautiful market town of Godalming, the gallery has an enviable reputation for showcasing quality modern and contemporary fine art. Sue McAllister and Gary Thomas attribute the galleries success to establishing long term relationships with clients and artists alike with a focus on top quality service and quality work.
The gallery holds a number of solo and mixed exhibitions throughout the year by Artists such as David Atkins (see image below) and will be on Stands 31 & 32 in the Large Hall.
Just a few hours left to go before our VIP Reception in the gorgeous Library (see image) at Hotel Du Vin on Trumpington Street tonight. Lots of lovely people to meet and greet.
Large format print of the event poster sorted and framed ready for the easel. Thousands of z-fold leaflets printed ready to give out. Lanyards prepared and shoes polished! Just need some lunch.....
Woodbine Contemporary Arts has now moved to it's new gallery space at 7 Orange Street, Uppingham. Their 'New Gallery, New Works' exhibition is on show now.
Woodbine Contemporary Arts is on Stands 41, 42 and 43 in the Large Hall.
Noted for his organic style which, at times, contains echoes Graham Sutherland, Cyril Wilson is regarded as a Scottish artist/teacher although he was actually born in High Wycombe, Bucks.
He studied art in Reading and taught at new Abbey College of Art Summer School for many years. From 1948 Wilson lived near Dumfries in Scotland, although later he spent part of each year in Ibiza. Wilson’s exhibitions included those at the Scottish Society of Artists as a member, RSW, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts & RSA. One-man shows included - Dumfries Arts Festival in 1983, 1986 and Compass Gallery, Glasgow in 1988. He was also included in The Compass Contribution at Tramway, Glasgow and at The Gallery, Cork Street, London in 2005.
Collections where his work is held include: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Dundee Art Gallery.
You can see and buy Wilson's work at the Cambridge City Art Fair 2013 via Edge Fine Art on Stand 10 in the Small Hall.
Carina Haslam Art promotes the work of artists, some already critically acclaimed, such as Henrie Haldane (image below), others new to the mainstream, and all producing vibrant, original, accessible – and affordable – art with timeless quality.
Carina Haslam has been involved in the art world all her life. Growing up in Buckinghamshire and Kirkcudbrightshire in Scotland, her family links to the Bloomsbury Set and their own love of art and design ensured a career in the Arts was inevitable. After training at City & Guilds Art College in London, she enjoyed success in the fabric design business, as an Art Director for a series of films and then interiors.
Always passionate about promoting the work of up and coming artists, in 2001 Carina decided to put together her first exhibition at The Lennox Gallery, Fulham. The show was a runaway success with nearly all the paintings sold on opening night. Since then Carina’s knack for finding fresh talent has ensured continued success and an excellent reputation for originality, fair pricing and quality of work. Over the past nine years Carina’s solid base of professional artists have gained a loyal following – with enthusiastic clients often queuing for the gallery to open on the first day of her exhibitions.
Following her return to Buckinghamshire in 2005 Carina began to exhibit at a local venue in Great Missenden. The Coach House Gallery proved an excellent space and was in keeping with Carina’s philosophy of making art accessible and enjoyable for all. In 2011, Carina opened her brand new gallery in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, which has proven to be a great success.
Carina Haslam Art will be on Stand 39 in the Large Hall.
Many thanks to the team at Cambridge News for the article in the art section last week (and online here) about Cambridge City Art Fair...
East and West, village and city, Lime Tree Gallery started in Long Melford, Suffolk and expanded to Bristol. We specialise in contemporary Fine Art and Glass, and hold regular exhibitions throughout the year, each one accompanied by a fully illustrated web catalogue.
We have a particular love of contemporary Scottish artists, such as Sian MacQueen RSW (image below) and we will always have a varied selection of their art on show. Ranging from the traditional to the modern, the figurative to the abstract, each exhibition is complemented by a selection of fine individual Glass pieces, mainly from Britain and Sweden.
Lime Tree Gallery will be on Stand 07 in the Small Hall.
The CCAF13 poster features a piece called 'Never Still Life' by Maria Rivans, from the Liberty Gallery portfolio.
Maria's eye-popping collages explore the idea of existing alternate realities and fantastical other worlds which transport us into a surreal and exciting universe. By appropriating an array of sourced vintage ephemera, Maria seeks to overwhelm us with her compositions by combining vivid and seductive colours with powerful and often humorous imagery.
We loved 'Never Still Life' as soon as we saw it and it fitted with the event ethos 'a whole world of art coming to Cambridge' perfectly!
You can see Maria's work at Liberty Gallery on Stand 16 in the Large Hall.
Bristol-based fine artist Elaine Jones is exhibiting for the first time at the Cambridge City Art Fair this autumn. Captivated by the beauty of vast, unpopulated landscapes, her first show in Scandinavia is inspired by a very special trip she made to the Arctic.
Ever curious about the impact of light on the Earth’s multifarious surfaces, she boarded a vessel – typically used for the passage of scientists – to explore the spectacular white planes of the Arctic illuminated by 24-hour sunlight. A lover of nature, Jones was also fascinated by the contradiction of a sparse environment where life still flourishes, abundant as it is with polar bears and rare birds.
Her unique style captures the icy mountain peaks and great, glinting icebergs in soft, sweeping pastel tones that shine with an iridescent quality. As with all her work, Jones began these ethereal creations sketching on location. Back in the studio, she then used her drawings as inspiration for paintings on canvas. Far from being literal representations of what she saw, however, the final scenes are abstract distortions made up of poured paint, texture and smooth brushstrokes.
These serene paintings, brought to life by interjections of wild colour, convey the atmosphere and mood of this isolated and threatened environment. With these interpretations, which appear to the viewer as though they are dream-like visions, Jones expertly captures the spirit of the precious and magical Arctic.
Jones, brought up in the heart of the UK – the Midlands - has always enjoyed painting far away lands, and has delighted in locations ranging from Cornish beaches to the Costa Rican jungle. As part of her BA in Fine Art at Loughborough University, she went on a six-month exchange to Granada University in Spain. As a consequence of spending time in mainland Europe at such a formative stage in her career, she has a great affinity for this continent in particular. She is thrilled to now be presenting her latest collection of paintings to new audiences in the South East of England.
Elaine's beautiful work will be available to view and buy via First Contemporary on Stands 46, 47 & 48.