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:

The cell phone photography project

How could cell phone photography help you with your painting?

Editorial: Why would a sketching and painting blog host an article about cell phone photography? And why would a graphical designer would be invited to contribute on a platform that traditional visual arts are the main focus? The answer is simple. Art, in any form, enhances creativity, ensures personal development and helps to set goals for life. As such, a more versatile approach to art, art goals, and personal challenges was considered appropriate. Read between the lines and see the analogy with your own art projects; how sketching has helped you overcome personal problems and how painting made you feel creative in times of personal struggle.

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Why going to the gallery makes you a better artist

A small thing that makes a big difference

Sometimes we are keen to expand our skillset with new painting techniques, to develop our style as artists and deepen our understanding on different movements of art. However, we tend to forget one very important thing, which is fundamental to our development as artists. If you are guessing that the answer is “going to the gallery”, you are only half way there. What helps you become a better artist, is not the gallery itself but everything it represents and embraces.

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Magdalena Patyk

Looking inside people’s souls


THE ARTIST SAYS:

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Aishwarya Deopujari

Black Magic Powder


THE ARTIST SAYS:

44802436_728181764216613_1928032706327740416_n.jpg“An architect, furniture designer and self taught artist, I’m from New Delhi, India. Art has been an inseparable part of my soul, I began painting at the age of 5. I love creating artworks based on naked figure studies and portraits, I am drawn towards the natural naked true self we all have within us. I’ve experimented with a variety of mediums, my favorite being charcoal and watercolor for the ease of carrying it anywhere and making quick figure studies. My favorite artists are Daniel Maidman, Michael Mentler, Richard Ehiemua and Casey Baugh.”

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David Cassell

A fairytale on paper


THE ARTIST SAYS:

profile.jpg“I am proudly self taught and started drawing at an early age. Encouraging parents fueled my need for expression. Once in high school I excelled in art and dreamed of continued studies in college. After graduating I married and went to work helping raise my three children. Working for a marketing firm I drew a concept design that achieved national recognition. After that I continued to draw and paint until the eighties when I joined and art league and entered a national juried show which my work was accepted. Encouraged by my family and friends I decided to enter shows and fairs winning many entries and turning professional in the eighties I sold many of my creations. Most of my ideas for my art come from dreams.
Pen, pencil and acrylic are my preferred mediums but I’ve tried them all. I love the creative process and am continually creating fantasy landscapes and seascapes or space concepts in my home studio. Currently retired I’m still working on my art daily”.

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AMMAR AHMED

Ammar Ahmed


THE ARTIST SAYS:

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KRISTEN PALMER

Kristen Palmer


THE ARTIST SAYS:

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HOW 15 EGGS CAN AFFECT YOUR ART?

HOW 15 EGGS CAN AFFECT YOUR ART?

DISCOVER THE SIMPLE

This is not an easy question to answer. Eggs can make a big difference when you make an omellete or when you bake a cake. But art; how is it even possible a tub of eggs to make a difference to your art? Well, it does play an important role – a tab of 15 eggs can actually make you create one of the most sophisticated and beautiful artworks you have ever made. The recipe is very simple.

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SONAS

SoNas


THE ARTSITS SAY:

INTRO.jpgSoNas is an artistic duo of friends who discovered painting in 2017. We live in south of France -Marseille- and we are both self taught. We enjoy the freedom and the emotions which art offers. We love sharing our works and learn from each other. We paint with acrylic; exploring abstract art and sometimes kids illustration. We love art; exactly as you do! Our art is inspired by the world around us, our kids, people, colors, simple things in life and emotions. This is our beginning  in the artistic world and it is great and fun!

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