Bristol’s Unique Art Scene Celebrated at September Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Bristol from 8th-10th September in a celebration of the power of art to make a house a home
The University of the West of England (UWE) set to showcase works by Bristol’s top arts graduates and an experimental drawing robot at the fair
Artist in Residence Alex Lucas to hand-finish a limited edition run of prints of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon t-shirt design
Bristol’s top graduates, a drawing robot and one of Bristol’s best known mural artists will be showcasing their talents when this year’s Affordable Art Fair returns to Brunel’s Old Station from 8th-10th September. Alongside dozens of returning favourites, the fairs will feature 7 galleries showing at the Bristol event for the first time. Visitors will also be able to explore works by hundreds of artists from Bristol and beyond from just £100-£6,000.
Guests looking to pick up a piece of AI (Artificial Intelligence) art will be given the unique opportunity to buy a limited edition print by an experimental drawing robot and its creator, Paul O’Dowd. Created as part of his research into mimicking complex human drawing and painting gestures in machines, the robot will draw limited edition pieces, designed and programmed by O’Dowd himself.
The University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research will be presenting O’Dowd at the fair alongside Stanley Donwood, who has created prints for Radiohead’s album art since the band’s beginning, and 3D print artist and researcher Peter Walters.
For visitors looking to snap up works by the next big thing, the fair will also host a selection of pieces from UWE’s graduating class including Josephine Atkinson, whose highly stylized photographs look at our psychological and sociological relationship with food. Her pieces will be shown alongside installations and sculptures by fellow graduates Connor Lowe and Alice Vaughn, which look to distort perceptions of scale and strength to explore themes of anxiety and obsession.
Elsewhere, visitors will be able to pick up works by the fair’s Artist in Residence and well-known local mural artist Alex Lucas, represented by Bristol-based Clifton Fine Art. Her works on sale will include a limited-edition print run of the motif, inspired by the city’s landmarks, which she designed for this September’s Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon finisher’s t-shirt.
A portion of the profits from the limited run of 50 prints, each priced at £75, will go to local charity Studio Upstairs who provide holistic support to people who are experiencing enduring mental or emotional difficulties.
Lucas’ quirky and distinctive designs are a fixture of the Bristol landscape; she has painted several murals which can be seen across the city, including a 7 metre plesiosaur on Park Row, animals riding bikes for the Bristol Bike Project, and a 7ft tall boxing hare on Stokes Croft to name just a few.
Amongst the galleries already confirmed, Lime Tree Gallery, Rostra Gallery, The Art Agency and Modern Art Buyer will be bringing works ranging from prints and sculpture to paintings and photography, all within the fair’s affordable price range.
For guests looking to find the best in international talent, the Bristol fair will play host to European galleries, such as Bruno Dahl (from Denmark), for the first time. Whilst Capital Art London, also showing at the Bristol fair for the first time, will be showing works by a selection of Iran’s most exciting contemporary artists.
As well as browsing hundreds of works, visitors will also have the chance to take part in hands-on workshops for the whole family to enjoy and attend informative talks across the weekend.
For the first time, art lovers who are unable to attend the fair will also be able to purchase art from a selection of exhibiting galleries online at www.affordableartfair.com
The Affordable Art Fair Bristol opens its doors to the public on Friday 8th September and runs until Sunday 10th September 2017. Preview a curated selection of the art and book your ticket online now at www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/bristol
Brunel’s Old Station
Bristol BS1 6QH
8 – 10 September, 2017
Opening hours: Fri & Sun 11.00am – 5.00pm; Sat 11.00am – 6.00pm.
Charity Private View: Thursday 7th September, 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Late View: Friday 8th September, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Ticket prices: £4 Adult (£3 concession) in advance online
Tickets are now on sale at www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/bristol