5 reasons to visit an art fair

Guest post: Abi Millican, 13th August 2021

There’s more to art fairs than splashing your cash. If you’ve ever felt intimidated looking and talking about art, then actually art fairs are a good place to start. Take a walk around your local art fair and even if you aren’t ready for an investment, you’ll come away with more than you bargained for.

Don’t be shy – here are 5 reasons why you should book yourself tickets to your local art fair:

1. A chance to explore your interests

 The best thing about an art fair is the sheer quantity of art under one roof. Not sure what you kind of art you like? Don’t go straight to IKEA. Take a walk around an art fair to gather some interior inspiration, make a note of artists and styles you like. Around every turn there will be pieces by different artists in a myriad of styles and techniques. With so many artists packed in to one place, you can follow your instincts and follow what catches your eye (and what definitely doesn’t!). 

2. It’s a great day out

Even if you don’t have money burning a hole in your pocket, art fairs make for an interesting day out. Fairs are buzzing with life and colour and it’s a great way to fill an afternoon, and come home feeling inspired. Often, tickets include live painting demonstrations and interesting talks from experts. Make a day of it and linger with lunch in a cafe or head to a fair in a neighbouring city and explore the sights beforehand.

3. Find something unique

Not all art costs £1000s. Don’t be intimidated by huge price tags or hard sales techniques. If you are on a budget, choose a fair offering affordable art. Fairs often state their price range on their website. Keep an eye out for unframed originals or prints for sale. These often sell for much less than the framed pieces on the walls. Chat with the artist or look on their website to check whether they have anything for a tighter budget. If you are in a position to make a purchase, don’t be afraid to buy it there and then. Many pieces sell on the day, so don’t miss out!

4. Make connections

Fairs are a unique opportunity come face to face with artists and their work. Take the opportunity to chat about how they create their art and what inspires them. This is much more relaxed environment than a silent exhibition space – make a connection! Be sure to take artists’ cards or follow them on social media. You may want to look them up once you get home, or even years down the line. Don’t forget who else might be visiting an art fair. If you’re looking to expand your network of like minded art lovers; have a chat and ask for recommendations.

5. Develop your skills as an artist

If you are an artist yourself, use the fair to inspire and influence your own work. Is there a style of painting you haven’t seen before that you’d like to try? Or an interesting combination of materials? Art fairs are also a great place to see many pieces of work from the same artist. Consider how they develop consistency through their work. If you’re feeling confident with your own work, why not explore exhibiting at your local Art Fair? Some fairs even have specific stands dedicated to upcoming artists. It’s a great option to complement selling your work online.

Curious?

Art fairs cater for all tastes and budgets, and are not as exclusive as they may seem. Check out these fairs to get a flavour of what they offer:

Art market, buyers, offer and demand

Avoid underselling or setting unreasonable high artwork prices

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Sell your artwork by setting the right price

Fundamental principles of pricing your art

One of the first questions that artists have to answer when they decide to sell their work is “How much should I charge for my art”. There is a number of factors that need to be considered, and developing a pricing system for selling your work is fundamental in order to be successful in the market. In this article, we will have a look at the very first considerations, in the process of estimating the right price for your artwork, including timing, expertise and reputation. A second part of this series will examine additional factors that have an impact on the development of a successful pricing system for your art, such as competition and valuation.

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Can a sketchpad get in an art exhibition?

Portrait drawings in the annual 44AD Artspace Associate Artists exhibition

The beginning of a new year for most of us indicates a new start, with new goals, ambitions and efforts to move our life a step forward. Certainly, you have thought about your next moves during 2020 and even if you haven’t got a “New Year’s Resolution” in place, you probably have a rough idea of the most important things you would like to achieve. For me, 2020 is starting with an exciting art event.

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When progressive ethereal music meets digital painting

Collaboration with music producers Emplicit and TSF

Undoubtedly, art (including visual arts, music, performance etc) is a universal language, communicating messages between people. Art creates a bridge not only between the artist and their audience, but also between artists themselves. Sometimes this takes the form of constructive dialogue, others comes through criticism and of course regularly breeds wonderful collaborations. I am lucky to be involved in such a collaboration with two amazing artists, music producers Emplicit and TSF.

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Interview with BBC Radio Bristol: My portrait drawing

An opportunity to present my lunch time portrait series

Not a long ago, I received a phone call; it was from BBC Radio Bristol. The call had to do with my portrait sketching; I admit I was quite surprised. They loved my work and they found quite fascinating that I usually draw quickly, on the go, during my lunch breaks from work. After a short conversation, I agreed to be filmed, introducing my portrait sketching while walking in Bath. The video if finally released!

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Christmas exhibition at 44AD, Bath UK

A brilliant collection of artworks

As 2019 is getting to an end, the artistic activity in the beautiful city of Bath seems to get intensified! Fantastic art events and exhibitions sign the end of the year, offering brilliant opportunities to the audience of the city to admire interesting and unique artworks. At the same time the numerous artists based in Bath and the surrounding areas have the chance to showcase their most recent work. This week we are having the opening of the annual “Deck the Walls” exhibition at 44AD Art Gallery; we are very excited and here are a few reasons why!

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Bath Artists Studios student exhibition

Find my portrait in Bath Artists Studios

Bath Artists Studios, being a local charity organisation in Bath, promote arts and culture, and occasionally organise exhibitions, hosting work from artists based in Bath or surrounding areas. Tomorrow, 12/12/2019 is the opening of the Bath Artists Studios (BAS) student exhibition from 6pm until 8pm. My work will be on show as part of this exhibition.

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The Art of finding the perfect present

Why gifting original art is a brilliant idea

Some people absolutely love shopping for presents; I personally struggle a bit. And don’t get me wrong, I do love receiving and offering presents. However, choosing the right ones is a different story. I always try to buy something that is practical and useful, personal and at an affordable price. I also try to avoid ordinary or useless items that clutter my friends’ selves and cupboards. Although there is no magical solution for finding the perfect present, here is a brilliant idea: Buy original art.

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Drawing portraits during lunch

How to fill spare time with art

We often complain about lack of time and hectic daily routines that don’t allow for any creative activities and art. Fitting sketching or painting in our day can sometimes be tricky, I cannot deny that. However, sometimes small breaks for a quick doodle instead of long art sessions, can be the solution. I personally use part of my lunch break every day to draw a portrait.

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