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First international art fair comes to Oxford


Oxford, the city of culture, is preparing to welcome talented artists from around the world when it hosts the first ever Oxford International Art Fair next February. This three day art extravaganza, which takes place from 7th to 9th February 2014, is a showcase of modern and contemporary art in the beautiful setting of the city’s atmospheric town hall.

ART_PICMore than 150 artists; from as far away as Japan, Russia, Argentina and India, will join others from across Europe and those working in the city itself to show a diverse collection of striking contemporary art on a scale not seen before in the city. Between them they will present paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, illustrations and bespoke crafts, in a dazzling array of talent.

Visitors to the free event will be able to admire the collections, meet the artists who created them and buy pieces for their home, garden or work place. They will also be able to witness artists at work and add their vote to the Oxford International Art Fair Awards which celebrate the best artists on show at the exhibition. In launching the art fair, Joelle Dinnage from organisers The Global Art Agency said that the inspiration for the event was the artists themselves.

“For the past two years we’ve held art fairs for home-grown artists in the lovely setting of The Fishes pub at North Hinksey, where we had an amazing response from artists and visitors alike. We also had a lot of artists from outside the UK wanting to come to Oxford and get involved,” she explained.

“Having successfully held international art fairs in other cities in Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona and Vienna with my colleagues from the agency, we asked ourselves whether Oxford could do the same. The answer was a resounding yes. Interest from artists around the globe flooded in and we secured a fabulous venue in Oxford Town Hall. Now we’re setting the scene for art lovers to come along and enjoy a fantastic free day out, viewing the fine pieces on display and learning the stories behind them from the people who created them.”

P1040193Visitors will also be able to buy original one-off pieces directly from the artist, with something to suit everyone’s taste whether they are first-time buyers or seasoned collectors. A special private viewing of the art fair takes place from 6 to 9pm on the evening of Friday 7th December, when art lovers can enjoy a sneak preview of the event and get the first opportunity to buy. Tickets for this special evening which includes live music, a glass of fine Juvé y Camps Catalan cava and a copy of the 2014 art fair catalogue cost just £7. Ticket holders can also come along to the network party at The Living Room at Oxford Castle, from 8pm onwards on Saturday 8th February, for an evening of socialising and networking with like-minded people who love art.

A series of awards will be made during the course of the art fair, recognising both artist and gallery. A panel of judges including curators, gallery owners and collectors from the Oxford art scene will decide which artist wins the accolade of Best Oxford International Art Fair Artist 2014. Art fans everywhere can also get involved in the competition by voting online at

Expressionist painter Souren Mousavi is just one of the award-winning artists whose work will be on show at the fair. Born in Iran, she was once was arrested and punished for her art and beliefs. Her work, which is influenced by Klimt, Dali, Picasso and particularly Kahlo, features strong watercolours, distinctive oils and acrylics as well as drawings, and is a must-see at the event. Global Best Artist Award winner 2013 John ‘Josimo’ Paterson will also present paintings of Asian inspired figurative nude females, intensely passionate pieces.

“Oxford has not witnessed such a wealth of artistic international talent under one exceptionally beautiful roof, so this really is not to be missed,” added Joelle. “Come and visit on Friday night for a VIP private viewing, Saturday for live painting and Sunday for the award ceremony, with plenty of inspiration in between,”
she said.

The Oxford International Art Fair takes place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February 2014 at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX. The private viewing is from 6 to 9pm on Friday 7th February, whilst the main art fair is open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 8th February and from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 9th February.

Tickets for the private viewing must be booked in advance online at
Free day tickets can also be pre-booked online at

For more information, please visit


Press contacts:
Joelle Dinnage (Oxford based) 07825 443925 /

or Sarah Pracey 07985 112 777 /

1. About The Global Art Agency Awards Ceremony:
The winners will be announced on Sunday 9th February at 2pm at the Oxford Town Hall. Prizes include free exhibition participation at GAA’s next art event.

Oxford International Art Fair Award categories:
1st Prize ‘Best OIAF Artist’ Award 2014
2nd Prize ‘Best OIAF Artist’ Award 2014
3rd Prize ‘Best OIAF Artist’ Award 2014

The judges:
Gareth Lloyd, art consultant, Oxford
Joe Thomas, art collector, Creative & Content Director at JackFM Radio.
Kieran Stiles, art gallery owner at Kieran Stiles Art Studios

2. About The Global Art Agency Awards:
The Global Art Agency was created by Joelle Dinnage and Natal Vallvé Betran to provide a platform for artist and gallery to showcase their artworks and sell commission free. The agency aims to fuse art together with the great architecture of the venues that it carefully chooses to hold its art events. Its vision is that the surroundings of the art should compliment the artworks on show creating a wonderful atmosphere and a unique art experience for both exhibitor and visitor alike. More information on the agency’s work is available at



About Global Art Agency

GLOBAL ART AGENCY specialises in Artist Promotions & Contemporary Showcase, representing artists and galleries worldwide. Working together with qualified art partners and sponsors around the globe enables us to make unique connections within the art community on an international level. Organiser of art showcases around the globe; Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, Singapore and many more…Our Showcases take place at exclusive & spectacular venues attracting thousands of art collectors, art enthusiasts and media.!/GlobalArtAgency

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