International. Contemporary. Art.
THE successful first edition of the Oxford International Art Fair that was held 7-9 February 2014 at the Oxford Town Hall, welcomed nearly 4000 visitors throughout the weekend. The art fair featured work from 150 artists, coming from over 23 countries, but also including many from Oxfordshire.
Organiser Joelle Dinnage and Natal Vallve from the Oxford based Global Art Agency, inset, said: “It’s the first time Oxford has ever held such an art fair. We were completely overwhelmed by how many people came. It was great.”
The event started with an opening preview on Friday night, featuring music and live painting sessions. All of the artwork shown was available to buy. There was something more unique to the Art Fair also, and that was the Charity Program that the organisers introduced for the second time running to one of their Art events.
Visitors were able to buy tickets to enter a draw of winning an original painting by Artist Paul Jordan -who painted, in his unique style, the beautiful Oxford University Radcliffe Camera- All money raised is going to the “Save Child Blessing Home” orphanage in Kathmandu, where organiser Natal Vallve currently is. He is there to donate educational materials, books, toys and art supplies. Natal has been organising art classes with the orphans all in preparation to create a huge colourful Mural in Kathmandu, that will remain a sign of all the money raised at the Oxford International Art Fair. One of the orphans, inset, said: “We are so happy with all the donated gifts, it makes us also very happy to know that Oxford is thinking of us.”
Natal said: “The finished Mural will be a sign for all things we have achieved, and that Art and creativity can come a long way. For this we have to thank everyone that has been involved with the Oxford art fair, from exhibitors to visitors, and all sponsors and partners in Oxford.”
Also the Vice-Lord Queens Lieutenant Mr John Harwood was impressed by the activities of the Global Art Agency and applauded them for their initiative. He is looking forward to the next Oxford International Art Fair 6-8 February 2015, at the great Oxford Town Hall.
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About The Global Art Agency:
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. Other art fairs organised by the Agency are Amsterdam Showcase, Vienna Showcase, Barcelona Showcase, Rotterdam International Art Fair, and Oxford International Art Fair. More information on the agency’s work is available at www.globalartagency.com
Other Charity Programs by Global Art Agency:
Joelle and Natal organised Charity Event “Africa Charity Showcase” on Xmas day 2012. Donating money, supplying art materials, handing over Xmas gifts, and spending a full day with the orphan children of Charity School Bwejuu. The orphanage offer education for orphans and for students coming from poor or dysfunctional families at no cost. Joelle spend the day together with the orphans, organising art class, and leaving gifts behind that greatly benefit the children’s study. Donating educational materials for the students, providing books, art supplies and other useful necessary materials. A video of the charity trip can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/JlJStni20K8
Website of Artist Paul Jordan, who donated the artwork for Charity: www.pauljordanartist.com
Scheduled Art Fairs by Global Art Agency:
Rotterdam International Art Fair 12-13 September 2014 at de Laurenskerk http://www.artfairrotterdam.com
Barcelona Showcase November 2014, Gaudi’s Casa Batllo. http://www.barcelonashowcase.com
Oxford International Art Fair 6-8 February 2015, Oxford Town Hall. http://www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com