READING CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2011
Rivermead Leisure Complex
The second Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2011 promises to be a
vibrant, celebration of the best contemporary art with artists and
galleries from the UK and worldwide.
The fair returns after a successful first year showcasing the work of over
80 established and emerging contemporary artists, printers, sculptors and
photographers (14/15th May 2011, Rivermead Leisure Complex).
Organisers Deborah James and Sarah McAllister
say “We want people to come along and find out
what contemporary art is all about. Visitors will
have the chance to see and buy pieces of
extraordinary originality, whether they are
collectors or just want something eye-catching
for their home. “Above all,” they say, “we want
to debunk any myths that contemporary art is something only for the
“In fact, it’s fun, vibrant, exciting and incredibly creative.”
The fair will be opened by Sir John Madejski OBE DL at the Private View
on Friday 13th May. (See website for tickets)
Meet the artists
One particular benefit of the Reading
Contemporary Art Fair is that it gives
visitors unprecedented personal access
to artists giving them the opportunity to
talk to the artists about their work,
inspiration and methods.
Sarah McAllister said: “At most art exhibitions, artists would be
represented by a gallery, together with several other artists. The Fair
gives them a different kind of exposure and many of them relish the
experience of explaining what their work means to them.”
Exhibitors this year include established names, as well as some of the best
up-and-coming artists. Their work spans fine watercolours and oils, mixed
media pieces, photography, sculpture and ‘urban’ art.
For anyone looking to buy, pieces will be selling for between £40 and
£4,000+, putting collectable contemporary art well within reach.
Highlights of this year’s Fair are a series of hands-on workshops run by
The Jelly of Reading. These including printing classes led by Jo Quinn and
painting master classes by Paul Kessling. Encouraging youngsters to get
involved express their creativity and take home their own wonderful piece
Among this year’s international contingent are Art Chinese, a gallery who
are dedicated to the promotion of Chinese emerging contemporary artists
with a range that includes modernist ink painting, calligraphy, oil painting
Atomo Gallery from Porto in Portugal,
who will be bringing a range of both
established and up and coming
Closer to home, artists from Berkshire
feature prominently with fresh talent and
established exhibitors alike, including
award winning Reading Artist Jonathan Newey.
Supporting The Prince’s Trust
The Reading Contemporary Art Fair will be selling 8” x 8” canvases
painted by a variety of artists including exhibitors. All proceeds will go to
The Prince’s Trust to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people
in the Berkshire area.
Where to go
The Fair will be held at Rivermead Leisure Complex 14/15th May
(open Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm). Tickets are £6 for
adults, £4 concessions and children under 12 get in free. Refreshments
will be available.
To contact the Fair organisers, Deborah James and Sarah McAllister,
please call 01753 591892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Fiat in Florence by Helen Parsley
2. Wild Flower by Hideyuki Sobue, Art Chinese
3. 123 by Jonathan Newey