08:11AM, Thursday 05 November 2015
If you are looking for the next piece of artwork to add to your collection then the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair is the place to go.
That’s according to one of the event’s co-founders, Deborah James, who is expecting the upcoming two-day event at Royal Windsor Racecourse to be as popular as ever.
This year’s fair will feature artists and galleries from across the UK and Europe with more than 140 exhibitors set to showcase their work.
Beaconsfield-based Paul Bell, winner of BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge for 2015, will be giving audiences an insight into his experience under the national spotlight.
Award-winning talent including Lisa Traxler, winner of the 2014 Pro Arte and Camilla Dowse artist of the year for Artists and Illustrators magazine, will also be on the exhibition list.
While the fair’s increasing popularity has allowed the organisers to attract a high calibre of artists, co-founder Sarah McAllister said the fair also looks to champion emerging talent.
“It’s one of the great pleasures to spot a talent, an artist we believe in and watch them grow to become established in the art world, and loved by people,” she said.
Deborah James, co-organiser of the fair, added: “We’re able to attract artists and galleries from all over the UK and Europe.
“We get the same visitors that come back each year. They know if they’re looking for a piece of art this is the place to find it.”
The public will be able to talk to the artists in person at the exhibition and Deborah told the Express this provides art-lovers with an opportunity to learn the stories behind the artwork on show.
Deborah added: “From an artist’s point of view it’s really good for them to meet the public and get feedback.”
The fair is running from 10am-6pm on Saturday, November 14, and from 10am-5pm the following day.
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