Art is one of those things that I sadly can’t say I have much knowledge of. I’ve never been good at it myself, in fact, there’s a long-running joke in my family about a “hook-nosed bird” I attempted to draw for my art homework that looked nothing like a bird. At school, I found myself so envious of anyone who was able to doodle, draw images from their mind’s eye or copy things from sight. Despite me not having much knowledge of the art world, I’ve always found it fascinating and when the Contemporary Arts Fair got in touch to say they were coming to Esher in Surrey I couldn’t wait to hear more about it.
Having run for over 10 years, this is the first time it’s heading to Surrey, having previously set up camp in Windsor and Reading. Its known for having a much more informal and friendly vibe, perfect for art novices like myself. And the range of over 160 artists means there really is something to suit everyone’s tastes, from glass to photography, abstract to realism or flowers to architecture. The prices of the pieces range too, so you don’t have to worry about your bank balance crying when you discover your new favourite artist. The event also supports the Princes Trust with miniature canvas sales raising funds to for the charity, which have raised more than £60,000 to date!
If your not in the market for actually purchasing a new piece of art then fear not you can still have a fantastic afternoon mooching around and looking at what’s on offer. Take the time to actually interact with the artists one to one, and get a unique insight into the inspiration behind the pieces, something most art collectors don’t get the chance to do. Or learn how to print a professional poster with the screen printing workshops running from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. There’s also a children’s art quest for anyone with little ones to keep them entertained.
The event is running this weekend from 23rd – 25th February at Sandown Park Racecourse, with the 23rd being Private View evening offering both wine art and fine wine. Tickets to this are limited and slightly more expensive than the rest of the weekend at £12. The rest of the weekend runs from 10am – 6pm and tickets are a mere £7 in advance or £9 on the door. Check it out for a great cultural day out.