The region’s biggest art fair promises to offer the most international line-up to date when it returns to Norwich later this year.
The fifth Art Fair East, a major fair for the Eastern Region, will take place at St Andrews Hall, in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.
The event will see hundreds of artworks gathered together from across the world, alongside a raft of regional talent.
This year the fair – which has previously brought signed editions by Banksy and other famous artists to the region – will host artists from Japan, Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Israel, India and Mexico.
Regional artists taking part include Tanya Goddard and Oswaldo Merchor and well-loved local talents like Chedgey, Louise Stebbing and Lucy Loveheart.
The biggest exhibitor from London will be The Underdog – an independently run art gallery space in London Bridge. They will be bringing work from artists including Saint Saturday and Matt Adams.
Art Fair East was founded in 2015 by leading Norfolk-based artists Will Teather and Brian Korteling. The pair are passionate about bringing contemporary art to the area, increasing interest in the visual arts and supporting artists.
Will Teather, who recently had his work showcased at New York’s Market & Design Fair, said: “We have had a record number of submissions this year from both the East of England and across the globe, including artists and galleries from Japan, America, India, Sweden, Russia, Mexico and the UK.
“The process of choosing who to include in the exhibition is always tricky, but I can confirm already that this year promises to be our most international line up to date.
“Alongside new exhibitors such as Oswaldo Mérchor’s beautiful bird sculptures, there will also be many old favourites such as London’s Underdog Gallery, who have previously bought signed editions by Banksy to the event, plus local favourites including artist Lucy Loveheart.
“I am excited to also be exhibiting my latest works, including hand painted spheres that depict Norwich landmarks. Brian Korteling, my co-director, is also preparing new works for the exhibition.”
In 2018 Art Fair East featured around 1,000 artworks and attracted thousands of visitors from across the country.
All manner of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited-edition prints will be on show.
Artist Lucy Loveheart, who is based in Wood Dalling, said: “Art Fair East is a brilliant showcase of contemporary art.
“I’m working on a painting especially for the show, about my memories of Norwich. I am also creating some other little paintings paying homage to Norfolk. I exhibit my paintings all over the country but it is great for me to show my work closer to home at such a fantastic central venue. I am so looking forward to exhibiting again this year.”
Art experts, galleries and artists will be present to discuss their artworks with visitors, creating a unique experience rarely seen outside London.
Applications are open until October 31 for artists to take part – all of the artworks must be one-off or limited edition. Subject to available space.
The 2019 Art Fair East – which is presented in association with sponsor Musker McIntyre Estate Agents & Financial Services and media partner Archant – will take place at St Andrews Hall, Norwich, from November 28 to December 1.
For more information about Art Fair East, including how to submit an application to take part in the fair, visit www.artfaireast.com
Art Fair East 2019
St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Plain, Norwich
Tickets £3.50 or £3 concessions, under 14s Free
Friday 29th November 10.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday 30th November 10.30am to 6.00pm
Sunday 1st December 10.30am to 5pm
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