Children and adults alike are invited to discover special features at The Other Art Fair Bristol when it returns to the city from 1 – 3 September

 The Other Art Fair has announced the first two immersive experiences that will feature at this year’s event (aimed at parents and the fair’s younger visitors). A touring collaborative colouring board, the Cardboard Castle and the Guardian’s latest virtual reality experience, ‘First Impressions’ will join the line-up of talented artists from Bristol and across the UK as they come together at this pioneering event, meeting potential buyers face-to-face to create a social, relaxed atmosphere.

Young visitors who attend the Fair are invited to create a castle of their thoughts and dreams with the interactive Cardboard Castle. The towering structure is created from willow and cardboard and encourages visitors to paint, write and draw on the Castle bringing together thoughtful, funny and colourful thoughts to this collaborative colouring board. Imagined by artistic husband and wife team Joanne Hummel-Newell and Chris Jenkins, The Cardboard Castle has toured the festival circuit with special appearances at Bestival, Camp Bestival, and the Isle of Wight festival.

For parents, The Guardian will be bringing its revolutionary virtual reality (VR) experience, ‘First Impressions’, to the art fair. Using state-of-the-art technology, ‘First Impressions’ enables viewers to explore how a baby sees the world during the first six months of life. Drawing on the latest academic research, viewers can relive the dramatic visual development that happens over this time. At first only muted colours are visible, then as the experience unfolds the world is coloured in – first reds and greens, then yellows and blues. Depth of focus increases, as slowly the room becomes 3D and parents, other children, objects and even the family dog come into focus.

The voice of Charles Nelson PhD, professor of paediatrics at Harvard, guides viewers through First Impressions, explaining the impact on brain development, behaviour and social functioning in children if they are deprived of responsive care and social interaction during this formative time.

These new special features join a broad range of genres at the Fair from photography, stencilling, painting, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics to street art and taxidermy. The accessible nature of the event welcomes an audience of art lovers, 60% of whom are new to the art-buying experience. Artists are chosen by a Selection Committee of art industry experts to ensure a broad range of genres are showcased, with prices starting from £50.

Fair Manager, Jessica Chow, commented: “Every year the fair brings unique and immersive experiences and features for an unexpected and memorable weekend. The Fair is not only about making first time buyers feel comfortable and confident in buying their first piece, but also to give new and unexpected art experiences to the young and old alike.”

Tickets for The Other Art Fair are on sale now and can be purchased from Children under 16 are free to attend and tickets are available to be booked in advance at For up to date news and announcements, follow @TOAF_Bristol on Twitter and @theotherartfair on Instagram and Facebook.