Cambridge Art Fair 2016 is now officially opened, after an especially well-attended Private View last night. Lots of exhibitors enjoyed very good sales with queues to get in at various points throughout the evening. We also had queues at the Wrapping Station- always a good sign!
Come down and see the fair for yourself- we have a truly wonderful collection of original art available for you to buy.
Cambridge Champagne Company partners with Cambridge Art Fair to bring excellence to the city
Cambridge Art Fair will feature it’s very own Champagne Bar for the first time in 2016, due to a partnership with Cambridge Champagne Company, exclusive UK suppliers of Champagne Dominique Boulard.
Paul Gibson and Sean Moore run Cambridge Champagne Company. Paul has visited Cambridge Art Fair several times in recent years and was very keen to get involved when presented with the Champagne Bar opportunity.
Craig Kerrecoe, Managing Director of Red Dot Events Limited, the organisers of Cambridge Art Fair, said-
“We have served alcohol before at the art fair but Cambridge Champagne Company brings an exclusive product that will appeal to the discerning visitors that come to the fair. We are very pleased to be working with Paul and the team at Cambridge Champagne Company and look forward to hearing what our visitors think of their fabulous Champagne.”
Dominique Boulard’s family have been tending their vines for over 200 years. Every grape is picked by hand, so neither fruit nor vine is damaged. Each of the three classic champagne grape varieties are grown on Boulard family land. His vines grow on a perfect south-facing slope of the Vallée de la Marne, in the Grand Cru village of Mailly, and in a hamlet called – aptly – Paradis.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the prestigious wine guides Hachette des Vins and Gault & Millau. Indeed Dominique’s champagnes have beaten in blind tests many of the more famous brand names.
Visitors to Cambridge Art Fair will be able to buy a glass of champagne at the event and will be offered a special discount on cases of 20% off retail price, delivered free within 10 miles of Cambridge (£15 for delivery beyond 10 miles). A glass of the Reserve will cost £6 per glass or £10 for 2. A glass of the Grand Cru will be £8 per glass or £15 for 2.
The Champagne Bar will be in the Large Hall, between the doors through to the Small Hall, right the very centre of fair.
Click here to visit their website
We are very pleased to announce that The Robert Fogell Gallery is returning to Cambridge Art Fair for the second year running.
The Robert Fogell Gallery was established in 2006 and exhibits art in a beautiful period town house in the historic heart of Stamford, South Lincolnshire. The Gallery features contemporary and British Modern art and crafts from leading and emerging artists.
They are committed to showcasing high quality art in a wide context with the emphasis on modernism and the abstract. A consistently high standard is paramount coupled with creative content. All are welcome to experience the friendly ambience and enjoy the work of painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramicists, jewellers and mixed media artists with established reputations alongside emerging artists, with equal commitment to both.
The gallery has built its reputation on celebrating emerging artists and can offer a commissioning service for most of the selected artists
Find The Robert Fogell Gallery on Stand D1 in the Small Hall (facing the coffee lounge).
Visit their website by clicking here.
Red Dot Events Limited Directors, Craig & Marlo, the organisers of Cambridge Art Fair, were invited to the Jeremy Sallis Lunchtime show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 19th September to talk about the art fair in the 'Arts & Entertainment' section of Jeremy's programme.
A recording of the interview is available below...
ART PLATINUM has been established since 1996 in Singapore and represents mainly modern and contemporary European artists.
They showcase their Artists mainly through leading art fairs and private viewings around the world. Their mission is to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts through formal exhibitions. They also provide advice and sourcing of Artwoks for both the collector and the investor. With a wide network of resources, they are able to assist you in forming your own Art Collection. The Gallery provides consultancy services and also accepts commission works as they work closely with Architects & Interior Designers.
We are very pleased to be welcoming Art Platinum to Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016. Find them on Stand G7 in the Small Hall. Click here to visit their website.
BEARSPACE is a pioneering art space in London exhibiting award-winning emerging artists who push the boundaries of contemporary art practice. Artists are selected for their response to contemporary culture and philosophy, and their work often displays a conceptual or narrative framework. Artworks pioneer innovative use of materials and rational and are of the highest technical quality.
BEARSPACE prides itself on discovering exceptional artists early on in their careers, and promoting them through gallery exhibitions, art fairs, curated exhibitions and collaborations. We are committed to our neighborhood, and with the sights and sounds of downtown London, we invite you to journey with us through art, culture, and individualism to discover new ways of thinking that allow you to step out of the ordinary.
Make sure you visit the BEARSPACE stand, G3 in the Small Hall. Click here to visit their website.
We're thrilled to have been selected as one of the best things to do in the entire UK during October, in the blog from Holiday Lettings from Trip Advisor.
They've published the article on their blog, which attracts an audience of around 7 million visitors per month and are promoting it through their social media channels to over 235,000 followers.
It's a real honour to have been selected and evidence of the fact that Cambridge Art Fair has a national impact and reach, a great achievement considering we are only in our 4th year.
Click here to view the blog
We are thrilled to announce that The Fry Art Gallery will be returning to Cambridge Art Fair for the second time in 2016.
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, from whom the Fry Art Gallery Society purchased it in 2015.
Head over to Stand G1 in the Small Hall to find The Fry Art Gallery, for this rare opportunity to buy art from them.
Click here to visit their website.
Signet Contemporary Art, established in 2013, occupies a space in Chelsea, Kings Road- one of London’s prestige art districts. Signet Contemporary Art specializes in British and international contemporary painting. The gallery caters for both established and new collectors working in a wide variety of styles and genres, ranging from the semi-abstract to the impressionist, including Robert E Wells RBA, Garry Raymond-Pereira, David Poxon RI & Paul Treasure, to name a few. The mission of Signet Contemporary Art is to provide its artists with greater exposure to new markets.
We are very pleased to welcome Signet Contemporary Art to Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016. Make sure you visit them on Stand G2 in the Small Hall.
Click here to visit their website
We are very pleased to be able to welcome FOUR-WALLS to Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016.
FOUR-WALLS was established in 2000 by Artist Lara Bowen as a vehicle for promoting the work of emerging artists. Many of these artists remain at the core of FOUR-WALLS and are complemented by a regular injection of new talent.
With a love of colour and a passion for authentic work Lara has established an ever evolving stable of artists whose work is original and bold. She firmly believes in how original art inspires you, enhances your personal space and brings a unique personality to your environment.
FOUR-WALLS is based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and currently doesn't have a static gallery space. Instead they regularly exhibit at art fairs, hire gallery spaces and such. Viewings can be arranged by appointment and they are happy to show you a selection of works in your own space, depending upon location.
Look out for FOUR-WALLS on Stand A8 in the Large Hall.
Click here to visit their website.
We are thrilled to announce that The Doorway Gallery will be joining Cambridge Art Fair for the first time this year, all the way from Dublin.
The Doorway Gallery exhibits fine art paintings and other art works from a selection of both Irish born and Irish resident artists, each recognised for their unique talent and contribution to art in Ireland.
A goal of The Doorway Gallery is to support artists in achieving international recognition for their work. This is achieved through a presence at a number of international art fairs each year at which a selection of art works is promoted.
There is an independent ethos to The Doorway Gallery; patrons are encouraged to develop their own tastes in art appreciation. This is reflected in the gallery’s solo shows which take place each month to boost the artist profile.
You will find The Doorway Gallery on Stands B5 & B6 in the Large Hall.
Visit their website by clicking here.
Blue Contemporary is a UK based Art Dealer and Consultancy specializing in original, contemporary works of art from the Americas as well as international artists from around the globe. This will be the third time Blue Contemporary has participated in Cambridge Art Fair and we are pleased to welcome them back.
Blue Contemporary presents established and well collected North & South American, contemporary artists in the UK and Europe. Their focus is to establish long-term relationships with collectors and new buyers. They excel at assisting new and seasoned collectors through the acquisition process.
They are pleased to share their mid-career, ascending, contemporary artists who are actively pursuing their careers with art buyers worldwide. Most of their artists are collected globally and many have museum acquisitions including the V&A.
Look out for Blue Contemporary on Stand G4 in the Small Hall or visit their website by clicking here.
We are very pleased to announce that Holland Murray Fine Art will be participating in Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016.
Holland Murray Fine Art specialises in 20th Century British paintings, sculpture, works on paper, prints, textiles and ceramics as well as work by selected contemporary artists.
The work includes many established Modern British names with proven market records as well as carefully selected established contemporary artists working in the Modern British tradition and whom they believe to have future potential.
Whether you are starting a new art collection or adding to an existing one, Holland Murray Fine Art will provide you with a unique opportunity to acquire the very best artworks on the market. Viewing in London and elsewhere can always be arranged by appointment.
They are now offering a bespoke museum quality picture framing service- making the installation of your new works as smooth and as enjoyable as the purchase itself.
Look out for Holland Murray Fine Art on Stand F1 in the Small Hall or visit their website by clicking here.
Matt Forster started painting in watercolour as a 13 year old, selling his first painting at 14, participating in local amateur group shows throughout his school years and eventually holding his first solo exhibition in 1993. After completing a science degree he opened his first studio gallery in a disused nightclub in Hexham.
In 2001 he decided to travel and spent a 2 year period abroad, with extensive periods in Mexico, North America, and Asia before settling in Otago, New Zealand. During this period, Matt immersed himself in painting and sketching and reading art history.
He returned to the UK in 2003 with a wide body of work and opened his second studio galleries in Newcastle upon Tyne between 2003 and 2009. He then returned to Back Street in Hexham where he firmly established the M J Forster studio and gallery.
He participates in many art fairs around the UK, bringing a small portfolio of represented artists with him. We are pleased to welcome him to Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016.
You'll find M J Forster Gallery on Stand G5 in the Small Hall. In the meantime, click here to visit their website.
Elms Cambridge BMW is proud to sponsor the fourth edition of the Cambridge Art Fair
This wonderful event has quickly established itself as the flagship event for visual art in Cambridge and across the eastern region, attracting visitors from far and wide. Since the art fair’s launch in 2013, many thousands of people have experienced (and bought) an impressive variety of art ranging from Modern Masters like Picasso, Dali and Matisse, all the way through to exciting contemporary art by some of today’s best known artists, such as Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst.
"For those few days every year, we have the UK art industry at our disposal. It’s a tremendous resource and a very reassuring way of buying original art."
One of the things that makes Cambridge Art Fair such a valuable event for the region is the fact that so many dealers and galleries from around the UK and sometimes further afield, converge upon Cambridge for a few days every year. They bring with them their portfolios of modern and contemporary original art, of course, but they also bring their immense experience, expertise and knowledge. For those few days every year, we have the UK art industry at our disposal. It’s a tremendous resource and a very reassuring way of buying original art.
Expertise, quality, masterpieces- these are all words that resonate with BMW. This is why it was an easy decision for Elms BMW Cambridge to affiliate itself with the event. As part of our sponsorship package, we have chauffered guests to and from the VIP Press Launch at Hotel Du Vin in our X6 model, provided a new 7 Series model for the marketing photoshoot and demonstrated our i8 supercar model. at the same event.
We’ve also produced an i3 model ‘art car’ using original artwork by Richard Friend, one of the contemporary artists represented by ReallyVeryNice on Stand D3 in the Large Hall. This art car formed the basis of a social media ‘Spot The Art Car’ campaign.
With the BMW range now boasting more models than ever before, finding the perfect BMW has never been easier. With new cars, approved used cars, finance and leasing, service, repair and accessories, we’ve got everything covered.
We have a long tradition of sponsoring and supporting events and organisations in our community. Elms Cambridge BMW continues to be a proud sponsor of Magpas, the Emergency Medical Charity. We’re delighted to continue to support Magpas in its life-saving work, attending serious incidents across the region by helicopter or by car, saving so many lives. The team at Cambridge supply a BMW 5 Series Touring & BMW X1 to the charity, which act as rapid-response vehicles, attending emergencies across the east of England.
Once you’re finished browsing through the fair, why not view first hand some automotive art at Elms BMW Cambridge. With several masterpieces of our own waiting to be experienced first-hand and a helpful team of experts on hand to offer guidance and advice, you can be assured that whether it be at the art fair or our BMW centre, you will receive the warm, friendly Cambridge welcome that visitors have come to know and love.
We welcomed lots of guests to our VIP Press Launch at Hotel Du Vin on Thursday 1st September to mark the countdown to Cambridge Art Fair 2016. It was a fantastic evening, attended by many of our sponsors, partners, advertisers, exhibitors, featured artists, networkers and our press partners.
Several of our guests were lucky enough to be chauffered to and from the event in a new BMW X6- a service provided by our main sponsor Elms Cambridge BMW. They also brought an i8 to the hotel to show some of our guests. Go Vocal Media were filming at the event for the production of a promotional film for the art fair. Jamie from Activ Canvas was presenting a demo version of the new Cambridge Art Fair app which will be tested at the fair this year with a number of exhibitors. Our media partners Cambridge News and Cambridge Magazine were out in force with Jonathan Tewson, Alice Ryan, Jenni Chapman and Mike Scialom all present.
Thank you to all of our lovely guests for coming along to the Press Launch- it was great to see you all. Our huge thanks to the team at Elms Cambridge BMW and to Will and the team at Hotel Du Vin for facilitating another wonderful event.
We are very pleased to announce that ACT- Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, is our official charity partner for 2016.
ACT is the only registered charity dedicated to supporting innovation in patient care across Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.
The hospitals have earned the reputation of being among the world's best academic healthcare organisations, and ACT's aim is to support those achievements by raising funds for cutting edge technology, additional specialist staff, environmental enhancements and extra comforts for patients that make all the difference over and above what is possible with NHS funding alone.
Deputy Director of Fundraising, Samantha Sherratt, considers this partnership to be an important one. "We are delighted to be the charity partner for the 2016 Cambridge ArtFair; particularly as this year marks the hospital's 250th anniversary. It is such a special year for us."
"Although only in it's 4th year, the Cambridge Art Fair has quickly become a Cambridge institution. While Addenbrookes is clearly much older, we share some of the same ideals- to bring excellence to the city for the benefit of not only local residents but those further afield too."
Craig Kerrecoe, Managing Director of Red Dot Events Limited, the organisers of Cambridge Art Fair, agrees. "We are very pleased to be able to support this impressive and incredibly vital charity. Samantha and the team at ACT do such an important job providing funding for early-stage research projects. This funding often leads to more ambitious research opportunities and can be essential in identifying new cures and advances in treatment."
If you would like more information about the work of ACT please visit their website
You can call them during office hours on 01223 217757