The majestic setting of Oxford Town Hall will once again be the backdrop for the biggest collection of contemporary art to be brought together under one roof as the city prepares to host the third Oxford International Art Fair.
The 2016 fair, a free to attend event, takes place over the weekend of Friday February 26 through to Sunday 28 and is set to be the largest and most successful yet with more than 150 artists from around the world filling three halls with a huge array of original art.
Oxfordshire’s own artistic talent will also be more visible than ever, with some 35 artists from Witney to Thame showing and selling their work.
Joelle Dinnage of The Global Art Agency, who organises the fair alongside her business partner Natal Vallve, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s fair which is already shaping up to be a great event for anyone who is passionate about original art. We are expecting some outstanding international and UK artists and galleries and a fantastic selection of modern pieces from painting and sculpture to photography and illustrations which will be on show and on sale throughout the three day event.”
More than 10,000 art lovers are expected through the doors over the weekend, and pitches sold out within a very short space of time.
Local artists include Oxford’s Daiva Kojelyte-Marrow known for her surrealistic colourful pieces inspired by nature; Witney artist Cathryn Jeff with distinctive land and seascapes; and social assemblage projects from Jericho based artist Victor Buehring.
International artists will include those from Vietnam, Taiwan, Dubai and America.
Visitors will be able to wander through the halls, admire the art and talk to the artists, to find out more about how they work. Visitors will be able to buy direct from the artist, taking away a one-off piece for the home, office or garden.
A new feature this year includes a wine tasting event where visitors can purchase a tasting course for £5 which gives them three wines and complimentary canapes.
And there will be a chance to vote for the best artist.
The fair at the town hall in St Aldate’s starts on Friday evening with a fund raising private view. It then opens to the public from 11am to 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday, with free entry. The Best International Art Fair Artist 2016 will be announced at 4pm on the Sunday.