Art Fair East 2021
Art Fair East 2021 Credit Martin Marshall

Artists, galleries and art dealers from across the world marked the re-emergence of Art Fair East in Norwich.

Creatives, art lovers and everyone from rock musicians to business leaders turned out to support the event which put an international line up of contemporary art on show.

With the support of thousands of visitors the event, which is one of the biggest contemporary art fairs outside of London, has been hailed the most successful to date.

After last year’s Fair was cancelled due to the pandemic, visitors and exhibitors alike were delighted to share the experience of an art fair in person again, meeting artists and buying art.

More than 1,000 artworks were on display across a range of contemporary art forms including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited- edition prints.

The fair was founded in 2015 by leading Norfolk-based artists Will Teather and Brian Korteling, who both exhibited at the event.

Will Teather said: “It was so lovely to finally be able to host an event of this kind again – seeing hundreds of artworks by artists from across the UK and overseas gathered together, with many of them present in person over the weekend.

“There was a real sense of euphoria on the opening night for many of those involved who have missed the artworld they know and love. I would like to thank all of our exhibitors and the visitors who supported the event.”

Audiences for the Fair came from across the Eastern counties and beyond, with visitors from London and those wanting a cultural weekend in the beautiful city of Norwich.

Artist Andy Walker, who is based in Wotton-under-Edge and has had work selected for exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery and Chelsea College of Arts, said: “It was great to be back at Art Fair East among such talented artists and I was delighted with the number of visitors and purchases. I’m already planning to come back in 2022.”

All work was for sale, with a vast choice of quality artwork to suit all budgets and homes.

Will added: “From what we have been told so far, we have smashed previous sales figures with a number of exhibitor’s going into five figure sums and several artists selling more than they have ever done before in previous fairs anywhere in the country.

“It is both a testament to the love of art in the county, the quality of the work on display and the growing appetite for art collecting amongst the public.

“We were extremely grateful for the support of both our sponsors Muster McIntyre and Chadwicks who have shown great faith towards us.”

Artist Kevin Southgate, who is based in Suffolk, said: “This is my second exhibition with Art Fair East and once again it has proved a treat to be at, the artists support for each other is very special, from a personal standpoint it has been very good and I intend to show in 2022.”

The next Art Fair East will take place in December 2022 and applications will open on the event’s website imminently.

Art Fair East is sponsored by Musker McIntyre and Chadwicks.

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