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ART LOVERS can discover affordable art from hundreds of talented artists under one roof by making for Oxford, the city of dreaming spires over the weekend of 6th to 8th February. That’s when the city welcomes the Oxford International Art Fair back for a second successful year and with it the chance to snap up some fantastic art.
Make a beeline for Oxford, just an hour away from London by train, and head for the city’s beautiful town hall, which will be the setting for this year’s fabulous free art extravaganza organised by The Global Art Agency. Contemporary and modern work from more than 150 artists from some 30 countries around the world will be displayed in this magnificent Victorian building, which will be packed with paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and illustrations. There will also be live painting and interactive sessions, with plenty to divert everyone from art connoisseurs to novices.
Among the art on show will be sculptures created by Peter Hibbard, the former assistant to the late Henry Moore. Much of his work is in collections worldwide, but visitors to the fair will have the chance to admire and to buy pieces from The Outpost Gallery, who are representing his work as well as that of the two renowned painters Jenny Graham, famous for her stylised landscapes, and Janet Lawrence’s textured depictions of trees.
Controversial ‘Di Faced Tenners’ created by the British street artist Banksy in his ‘Banksy of England’ which bear the face of the late Princess Diana in place of the Queen, will be pride of place. There will also be award-winning art from last month’s Barcelona International Art Fair in Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, including the subtly comic work of painter and illustrator Jordi Soler and the striking photo art of Belgian artist Glenn Bracke.
Hundreds of other pieces from outstanding artists and distinguished galleries will make the fair the perfect place to pick out a unique piece for a home or office wall, or something to decorate a garden. With prices starting from a little as £50, there is something for everyone, and all visitors get the chance to win £500 worth of artwork by taking part in a prize draw to raise funds for the fight against ebola for Doctors Without Borders. http://actagainstebola.weebly.com/#/
With artwork on display all weekend long, starting with a VIP sneak preview and reception on the Friday night, the Oxford International Art Fair makes for a great weekend break. Why not treat yourself to a night at the luxurious 5 star Randolph Hotel or the elegant 4 star Old Bank Hotel a stone’s throw away from the venue and take your time to peruse the collections? Take advantage of a special art fair rate by going to http://oxfordinternationalartfair.com/Hotel-accommodation-during-Oxford-Art-Fair
Visitors can also vote in the annual Oxford International Art Fair Awards to determine which artist takes away the title of Best Oxford International Art Fair Artist 2015 and an exhibition at another forthcoming international art fair. A prestigious line-up of judges including rising British art star Tom Lewis, who appeared on BBC TV’s Junior Apprentice and now creates distinctive works blending ancient mythology, traditional oriental design and contemporary street art from his East End studio, will select the winner.
Entry to the fair is free all weekend long, with tickets to the VIP preview costing just £10 including a glass of Catalan Cava, live music and the chance to meet some of the artists on show.
For your free ticket to the fair, go to http://www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com/Visitors where you can also find out more information about this superb free art event.
The Oxford International Art Fair organised by the Global Art Agency takes place from Friday 6th February to Sunday 8th February 2015 at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX. The private viewing is from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 6th February and the main fair from 11am to 5pm on both Saturday 7th February and Sunday 8th February. For more information, please visit www.oxfordinternationalartfair.com