Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2018 


One of the most loved art events in the area, and nominee for Reading Visual Arts Event of the Year – Reading Cultural Awards 2017, is back. 


From the 20th – 22nd April the Contemporary Arts Fair Reading will be open at the Rivermead Leisure Complex.


art fairGiving art lovers the opportunity to meet the artists face-to-face, the Contemporary Art Fair is a renowned location for an immersive arts experience. With a well-earned reputation for their informal, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, these art fairs are enjoyable for both new art collectors and experienced ones alike, in an environment they can all feel at home in.


Deborah James, the fair director said “We are passionate about art and artists, and have worked very hard for over a decade to create a space for art lovers and artists to meet face-to-face to experience art”.


With a selection of over 160 artists from established favourites, galleries, emerging stars and hand-picked new talent, both national and European there is guaranteed to be something for everybody’s tastes. With all forms of art and media such as glass sculpture and textural abstract, to photography and paintings, there is a massive range on offer.


Not only is there an incredible range of art on display, but the artists themselves will be there – to talk about their pieces and a unique insight about the piece from their perspective.


The opportunity to discover a future star is on the table, as well as having an artist commission a piece completely unique to you. The Art Fair offers the chance to become part of a community that forms around an artist, whilst allowing you the enjoyment of supporting their work.


As well as the standard fair, there will also be a Private View evening, offering a chance to appreciate fine art and finewine, with space to engage with other art enthusiasts, to relax and enjoartfairy the fashion on show – it is as much a social event as it is an arts event. The fair itself will be opened by John Madejski OBE DL.


With these events being known for their inclusivity, it comes as no surprise that there will be live demonstrations from exhibiting artists, where you can become inspired and get an insight into how they develop their own unique styles.


There will be an interactive art area with Este MacLeod and artist-led workshops by Jelly, to try your hand, and discover your talent. There is an Art Quest at every fair for children to go on.


At Jelly workshops this year, artists Lisa-Marie Gibbs and Mirren Kessling are inviting the people of Reading to make a pledge to nurture their own creativity. Starting at Reading’s Contemporary Art Fair – models and figures will be made from recycled materials by artists, alongside workshops which offer participants the opportunity to create their own figures.


Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Reading Arts charity Jelly, this workshop is a one-off special project. The work of the artists will be locked into a time capsule which will not open for another 25 years, allowing the artists of today look to the future, and the artists of the future take inspiration from the past.


Jon Stott, a visitor to the art fair said “The accessibility to such diversity in one place is fantastic. It’s like walking through the pages of a story, a lot of art stories in real time. There is everything from the familiar to the unexpected”.


Regardless of if you know what you’re looking for or are browsing for inspiration, there is no substitute for walking the aisles and taking in all the art. With a winning mix of truly great art across a wide range of tastes and styles, an interactive art as well as wine tasting, the Contemporary Art Fair is a one-stop experience all-day art viewing.


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