In pictures: Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

In pictures: Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

Lucy Golding

In pictures: Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

A signed Picasso etching, African sculptures and cityscape watercolours were among the thousands of works exhibited at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair.

More than 120 stands belonging to artists and galleries were set up at Royal Windsor Racecourse in Maidenhead Road ready for the opening of the event on Friday evening.

The fair, which is in its ninth year, ran through until yesterday and was visited by more than 5,000 people.

It involved exhibitors from Windsor, Maidenhead and Reading, as well as from further afield.

The Gallery at Ice, based in Windsor High Street, was among them, bringing with it a small collection of one-off 'investment pieces'.

They included a signed Picasso etching worth £6,000, an original etching by Lowry and a sketch by Tracey Emin.

Other exhibitors included pupils from The Windsor Boys' School and Windsor Girls' School.

Fair organiser Deborah James attributed the 'talent and the energy' of the exhibitors to the event's annual success.

"Visitors can learn about the artists and their work and you can really sense the artists' passion," she said.

For the first time the event also included a wine fair - The Wine Affair - with stands from suppliers including Eton Vintners in St Leonards Road.

There was also a chance for visitors to participate in themed workshops led by Reading artists group Jelly.

Every year the fair raises money for The Prince's Trust by asking each exhibitor to paint a canvas which is sold for the charity at £40 each.

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