Media release: The 11th Aberdeen Art Fair is set to showcase the best of local and national creative talent next weekend

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NOW in its eleventh year, the three-day long art extravaganza kicks off on Friday the first of September at the Aberdeen Music Hall.

More than 1,000 contemporary artworks will be on show from hundreds of creatives, with individual stands hosted by galleries and professional artists alike.

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The Preview Evening takes place on Friday 01 September, 6pm – 9pm. The fair will take place over the weekend of 02 – 03 September. Entry is free.

Whether you are a seasoned collector or first-time buyer, the Aberdeen Art Fair promises to have something for every taste, space and budget.

The event aims to open art up to all and 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. 

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. 

This year, the fair will see the largest contingent of local talent than ever before. The Aberdeen Artists Society will be out in force with their largest and most expansive display of work by artists from the north-east since first taking part over ten years ago.

Bryan Angus, spokesperson for the society, said: “Aberdeen Artists Society exists to promote the wealth of exceptional art and artists within the North East of Scotland.

“We actively explore new ways to increase opportunities for our members, and we are excited to be represented by our artists, greatly expanding our presence in the most significant weekend in Aberdeen’s visual arts year. We very much look forward to being a part of the overall success of the event.”

The Aberdeen Artists Society is an artist-led membership organisation, which aims to raise awareness of contemporary visual arts in Aberdeen. It provides a forum for visual artists and makers to exhibit and promote their work.

For many years, the Society has held its prestigious exhibitions in the Aberdeen Art Gallery and these events established Aberdeen Artists Society as a long-standing feature of the Scottish fine art scene.

Gerry Muldoon, AAF Organiser, said: “We are delighted that AAS have chosen to expand their presence at this years event and they, along with art galleries and professional artists from across the country are looking forward to exhibiting their work to the North-East public who will again enjoy free admission to the event.”

Artists showing with the Society include Bryan Angus, Fiona Matheson, Ann Bowes, Colin Heggie, Troy Stuart, Joyce Taylor, Kathryn McFarlane amongst others.

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 visitors to discover new talent, famous faces and meet the extraordinary creators, and find out the techniques and stories behind each artwork, in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming environment.

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.

The line-up includes a wealth of local and national exhibitors. Representing Aberdeen will be Peacock Visual Arts, the Aberdeen Artists Society and Rebecca Patterson, alongside Bristol’s Clifton Fine Art, and Lime Tree Gallery who specialise in contemporary Scottish landscapes , Glasgow’s Ron Lawson and David Gilliver, Gill Walton and Rebekah Tolley Georgiou from Edinburgh  and London based Jim Woodman Fine Art, amongst many more. The full line of exhibitors can be viewed online here:

Being held in Aberdeen, Alumni of Gray’s School of Art will be of course be well represented, including Joyce Taylor and Rebecca Patterson, who has a studio in Aberdeen where she aims to “create small snapshots of vistas and natural beauty that can be found in the North East of Scotland”.

Joyce Taylor took early retirement in 2018 from her post as faculty head in an Aberdeenshire secondary school to pursue her career as a full time artist. She has since enjoyed great success: “I have exhibited my work in Scotland, France and Canada and my paintings can be found in corporate collections in the U.K. and private collections across the world.”

Gerry Muldoon, event organiser, said: “This year’s Aberdeen Art Fair has its largest-ever contingent of art galleries and professional artists from across the UK.

“The AAF aims to provide an enjoyable and inspiring experience for every visitor whilst also being engaging and fun.

“There will be  exciting beautiful new contemporary art everywhere you look in the Music Hall with work available at all price levels from £50 upwards. The best part is as we continue to make this an ‘arts for all ‘event, it’s free admission all weekend and that includes for the Friday evening preview where there will be complimentary wine tasting, music and live art demonstrations.

“It’s free admission because we like to promote the policy of ‘art for all’ – there will be something within the Music Hall that weekend for every budget, for every taste and for every style and, really, for every room.

“And it’s always worth remembering when you buy and invest in a piece of art it can ignite feelings of nostalgia and happiness changing the appeal of a room or space plus, as it will likely last forever it offers great value for money.” 


Notes to editors:

Aberdeen Art Fair will be open at the Aberdeen Music Hall: 

Friday 01 September, 6-9pm

Saturday 02 September, 10am-5pm

Sunday 03 September, 10am-5pm

Entry is free

Public information please visit

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For further information or images please contact: Naomi Brown, PR for Aberdeen Art Fair on behalf of GM Events Ltd. Email:

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