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GLASGOW once again pits itself at the heart of the cultural calendar with its sixth Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair (GCAF).
After a two-year pause, GCAF makes a welcome return to the Marquee at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, this weekend, 28th – 29th May.
The fair aims to open art up to all, to make original art accessible, showcasing the creative talents of local and national artists with works, ranging from as little as £50 to over £20,000 in price.
During the course of the weekend, members of the public will have the exciting and rare opportunity to meet a number of the artists who will be in attendance.
This is a great opportunity for first-time buyers or seasoned collectors to discover new talent, meet the extraordinary creators, and find out the techniques and stories behind each artwork, in a friendly and welcoming environment.
A varied line-up of curated exhibitors – including galleries, independent artists and collectives – will be displaying work available to buy, from contemporary sculpture and painting to photography, urban street art, printmaking and glassware.
A number of artists and galleries will be launching new and exclusive work at GCAF, many of which have been commissioned specially for the event.
These include Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen – who will launch an exciting, and very affordable (£100) new work by ‘New Glasgow Boy’, Adrian Wiszniewski, alongside new work by two of Scotland’s most highly-regarded living artists, John Byrne and Frances Walker.
These are part of Peacock’s Legacy Collection celebrating 50 years of Peacock in 2024.
Over the next two years, Peacock will release ten new limited editions by ten artists, each limited to a run of 50 and sold at just £100.
The line-up includes a wealth of local and national exhibitors.
Representing Glasgow will be Subversion Gallery, GSA Alumni Peter Scott, David Gilliver, Andrew Taylor and Tony Griffin (exhibiting together as the GSA Collective), Willie Sutherland, and Sarah Kudirka alongside Bristol’s Clifton Fine Art, Edinburgh’s Robertson Fine Arts (exhibiting work by Peter Howson, Frank McFadden, Gerard M Byrne, JJ Adams and Rebel Bear), Aberdeen’s Peacock Visual Arts (who will be exhibiting work by Ralph Steadman, John Byrne, Adrian Wiszniewski and more), Carlisle’s Daniel Ibbotson (having recently returned from exhibiting at the Venice Biennial) and London-based Jim Woodman Fine Art, amongst many more.
The full line-up of exhibitors can be viewed online, here: https://www.gcaf.co.uk/exhibitors/
Variety will as always be plentiful with traditional portraiture sitting happily alongside urban street art; abstract works will be on display beside seascapes and landscapes and the expected alongside the unexpected.
Says Gerry Muldoon, director, GM Events Ltd, the event organiser: “Following its two-year pause, due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to an exciting reunion with the public.
“With the feedback that we have received it is clear that people want to see and experience art in person, to see it up close and understand the colours and textures as they really are.
“Friendly and professional advice will be on hand from the geographically and creatively-diverse range of exhibitors, including art galleries and professional artists from across the country, as well as a great range of home-grown and emerging talent.
“With a new layout that allows visitors to engage with over 1,200 pieces of contemporary art the Marquee at Kelvingrove Art Gallery will prove as popular as it did prior to the pandemic.”
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit at the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair – this is our second time and it’s the perfect platform to showcase new work. It’s also great fun – who needs a holiday when you can spend three days meeting art enthusiasts in sunny Glasgow?” – Sarah Wilson of Axolotl Gallery, GCAF 2022 exhibitor
“I am so pleased that GCAF is going ahead after the past couple of years of Covid restrictions which are now thankfully beginning to ease. As a full-time visual artist, the past while has been very difficult but these times have encouraged me to produce works which inspire hope and inspiration to people as this is also of huge importance in my own life and mental health.” – Graham McKean, GCAF 2022 exhibitor
“This will be the fourth time that we will exhibit at the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair. It’s always a great event and we love to bring pop and urban art to a new audience.” – Subversion Gallery, GCAF 2022 exhibitor
“This is the first time that I will be exhibiting my artwork at the annual GCAF event and I couldn’t be more excited!
“For me, this event marks the re-opening of public art events again in a post-pandemic world, and I feel very excited about meeting new people and talking about art after what has been such a challenging couple of years for everyone… I can’t wait to mingle with other artists, and meet members of the public who share a passion for the arts and all things creative.” – David Gilliver of the GSA Collective, GCAF 2022 exhibitors
“The last GCAF was my first and was hugely successful for me; I sold almost everything I took along. It was a joy to meet people, face to face, and see people’s reactions to my work, some of them even cried (in a good way, of course).” – Gill Walton, GCAF 2022 exhibitor
“This is the first time I have taken part in GCAF and it’s also the first time I have put my work in front of buyers, so it’s very exciting. I began my creative practice in early 2021, aged 50, during a spell in rehab for an addiction to alcohol.
“Initially, creativity was something I turned to as part of my recovery. Although I have a background in fashion design, I had sidelined my dreams, as so many do. I finally found myself in a position to devote myself to my creative endeavours and participation in the Fair marks a further milestone in my launch as a professional artist.” – Willie Sutherland, GCAF 2022 exhibitor
Notes for editors:
The Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair will be open at the Marquee at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum:
Saturday 28th May 2022 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday 29th May 2022 10.00am – 5.00pm
Tickets available on the door. Adults £4 concessions and students £3 children Free
The fair kicks off with an adult only preview evening on Friday 27th May, 6.00pm – 9.00pm. Advance Tickets Only. Please note, that Preview Evening tickets are limited in number and it will sell-out in advance. Tickets are available here / www.gcaf.co.uk/gcaf-preview-evening/
At the weekend Kelvingrove Art Gallery café and restaurant will be open as normal.
For further information, please visit www.gcaf.co.uk
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