Cambridge Art Fair 2015 by Laura Bruni
The art world fair might seem to be circumscribed to a couple of major big cities and especially in UK London-centric.
Cambridge Art Fair, launched in 2013 by Craig Kerrecoe, represents a significant exception and it is quickly becoming an established part of the international art fairs calendar. Indeed, in only two editions thus far, the Cambridge Art Fair has been growing at a rapid pace and its attendance figures have substantially increased, the fair becoming a respected stop on the art world circuit. Now up to 5 000 people come to the Cambridge Art Fair to enjoy the art exhibited by high quality British and international galleries and dealers.
There are several features that make the Cambridge Art Fair unique. Firstly, its exceptionality is due to its hosting city. Cambridge has been for centuries one of the most admired cities, most widely known as the home of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. As the second fastest growing city in the country, in the last few years the city has witnessed the emergence of a stimulating contemporary arts scene with new art spaces and a fresh dynamic and vibrant cultural life. Even if only for the month of October, the fair functions as an epicentre and crucially engages with the broader local art community, and as a result exciting creative ideas pop up across the city in all manner of ways.
Furthermore, the Cambridge Art Fair offers an informal, friendly and relaxed atmosphere where every kind of visitor can expect to experience a diverse and rich range of artwork. The combined knowledge and experience of the galleries and dealers exhibiting at the fair ensures that any visitor is able to find the perfect piece of art he is looking for.
For both new and experienced collectors, the fair is a unique opportunity to build a quality collection that combines art from different periods and from any region of the world. Moreover, the Cambridge Art Fair dispels the common notion that building an art collection is a privilege reserved for a selected cluster of people. Indeed, at the Cambridge Art Fair a collector has the opportunity to build a beautiful and rewarding art collection commensurate with one's budget.
For its 3rd edition, running from October 2nd to October 4th, Cambridge Art Fair offers a major opportunity to immerse into a rich collection of global art booths showcasing modern masterpieces alongside ground- breaking contemporary artists. A number of local galleries are returning, including, Byard Art and The Lynne Strover Gallery. A plethora of new galleries with exciting programs and presenting art from outside UK will be participating for the first time. Among them, Blue Nile Art specialised on Ethiopian art, Hanoi Art House a gallery specialising in Contemporary Vietnamese art, and Wealth-of-Art, an art platform offering both online selling and consultancy, specialized in established and emerging promising young artists from geographical locations such as Belorussia, Colombia, Cuba, Italy.
Thus, this year the fair will outclass with more diversity than ever presenting art from all around the world.
* The Cambridge Art Fair takes place from Friday 2nd October to Sunday October 4th 2015 at at The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge. There is also a private viewing from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 1st October by invite/ticket only. For more information, please visit www.cambridgeartfair.com
Artist: OLGA VOLHA PIASHKO