The largest commercial art fair in the North-East of England, the event provides the opportunity to find that ‘affordable today…priceless tomorrow’ investment piece and features an extensive range of unique and affordable paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, prints and glass.
In addition, visitors can enjoy a weekend of musical events, an art and food experience, print demonstrations and live street art, while there will also be expert advice from The Contemporary Art Society on buying and collecting art, a busy seminar programme and activities for children.
One of the highlights of this year’s exhibition will be a display of at least six new paintings by acclaimed British artist Chris Gollon, which were inspired by his second stint as Artist in Residence at St Mary’s College, Durham University, during spring this year.
Although usually the London-based artist’s new works are showcased in the capital, it was decided that these paintings should be unveiled in the North-East due their intimate connection with the region.
During his time at Durham, Gollon produced 16 paintings on the theme of love, while also engaging in debate with leading thinkers, taking Q&A sessions with students and experiencing day-to-day college life, such as formal dinners and summer evening balls.
Over the weekend, Kathryn Tickell, the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, brings her new show, ‘Northumbrian Voices’, to The Sage, while, US a capella group Straight No Chaser will give a concert as part of its inaugural UK tour.
For connoisseurs of food and drink, the Brasserie at The Sage will host ‘The Collection’, an art and food event which pairs taster food and drinks with particular art genres – think Impressionism with a Red Bordeaux and delicious Camembert!
NewcastleGateshead Art Fair runs from September 30 to October 2 and weekend tickets, ensuring full access and a speedy entrance, can be purchased now at a discounted advance purchase rate from http://ngartfair.com
Tickets for the weekend’s concerts can be booked at www.thesagegateshead.org and include a complimentary ticket to the Art Fair.
NewcastleGateshead Art Fair has been hailed as a cultural event of national and even international significance:
“A world-class event that gives visitors the opportunity to see a wide range of galleries and artwork under one roof” – Tony Huggins-Haig, The Art House Gallery
“One of the best art fairs outside of London... We were delighted by the organisation of the Fair, and the venue was spectacular!”
Thursday September 29
VIP Preview 6-9pm (by invitation only)
Friday September 30
Saturday October 1
Friday & Saturday will have extended opening hours for those attending performances at The Sage Gateshead
Sunday October 2