Art blooms in Burford
PUBLISHED: 11:38 06 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:18 20 February 2013
Contemporary artists and leading galleries from all over Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Country are gathering in Burford from November 22-25 for the region's first boutique affordable art fair
Art blooms in Burford
Contemporary artists and leading galleries from all over Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Country are gathering in Burford this month (Nov 22-25) for the regions first boutique affordable art fair. Held in the unusual surrounds of a pop-up gallery housed at Burford Garden Company, the four-day show looks set to be one of the biggest of its kind in the area.
Over 30 emerging and established artists will be showing paintings, original prints, photographs, drawings, mixed media pieces and sculpture varying in value, but all under 3,000.
Organisers say the aim of the show - called Good Buy Art Fair, Hello Burford - is to take good art out of the gallery and open it up to people from all backgrounds and economic situations who would like to own original art but who may not consider buying from a traditional gallery.
The fair is being supported and attended by several leading regional galleries from Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Country who are all keen to try out a new way of presenting art suitable for most tastes and budgets.
All the work is contemporary, all artists are alive and the art pieces vary from street art to wire sculptures, to mixed media, to oilsand prints.
Peter Templeton, artist and founder of the Red House Yonder art collective which is behind the show, explains: The basic idea is to offer an affordable art fair to people outside of the major cities. We believe there is creativity, quality and interesting art all over the UK, not just limited to large cities. And the Good Buy art fair aims to promote this and open it up to a buyers market.
Red House Yonder has teamed up with the Burford Garden Company whose owner Nigel Johnson attended the art collectives inaugural event in London earlier this year. He loved the ethos and the type of work being showcased by the Red House as well as the idea of presenting affordable, original art in his local community and consequently offered the grounds of his lifestyle centre as a venue. The artists work will be displayed in a pop-up gallery that has a steel vaulted ceiling and an abundance of natural light as well as ease of accessibility due to its location and unlimited free parking.
Peter, who has lived near Bampton for over 35 years, added: By holding the fair in the Burford Garden Company, Good Buy Art Fair aims to uphold BGCs reputation for quality, whilst at the same time taking the angst out of investing in art that sometimes comes with the way galleries chose to sell and portray themselves. Its an interesting and unique space at the heart of a community which fits in well given we are also about socializing and meeting friends and like-minded people as the art itself.
Being so local and, to some, provincial does not mean compromising on quality. These are exceptional artists, of the standard you would find in any city gallery. This show proves small community art does not have to mean Aunt Betty selling a watercolour of her pet cat.
The Good Buy Art Fair will open with a Private View on November 21 from 6.30-9pm, with delicious canaps and wine. Art lovers can apply for an invitation at www.goodbuyartburford.eventbrite.com
Good Buy Art Fair, Hello Burford: www.goodbuyart.eu
Burford Garden Company, Shilton Road, Burford, OX18 4PA
Wednesday, November 21 Private view and Fair opening (by application only to www.goodbuyartburford.eventbrite.com ) 6.30-9pm
Thursday, November 22, 9am-10pm (late night shopping)
Friday, November 23, 9am-6pm
Saturday, November 24, 9am-6pm
Sunday, November 25, 11am-5pm