Vibrant, accessible and happening sooner than you probably realised, in a new location; it’s The Other Art Fair

Getting up and out of the house early on a summer’s Saturday, grabbing a coffee as we stroll through Wapping Wharf, past the chattering harbourside cranes and along to a local art fair full of talent and colour – especially if the weather matches the upbeat vibe – is, for us, one of life’s pleasures.

Thus we’re pleased The Other Art Fair has come around again so soon (last year it took place in September at Arnolfini), with its biggest Bristol fair to date taking place from 26 – 29 July.A serene scene from painter Dawn Reader

Back with 100 artists, this leading UK artist fair will open its doors over four days in a new location for its Bristol edition – The Passenger Shed – and the big news is that acclaimed British artist and author Harland Miller plans to release a one-off, limited edition print in support of Art on a Postcard, which raises money for The Hepatitis C Trust via secret postcard auctions, sales of prints and postcard boxsets.

Harland, best known for his large-scale, photo-realistic paintings, posters and prints of vintage Penguin book covers, has released a triptych of hand-finished prints entitled Colour Made Me Hard, Back on the Worry Beads and Overcoming Optimism in support of the charity. At his last release with Art on a Postcard, buyers camped out all night to be first in line, while this year they will get the chance to enter a ballot at The Other Art Fair to get their hands on the limited edition print. These artworks will be available only at the Bristol fair as part of Art on a Postcard’s secret auction on Sunday 29 July and visitors will have to attend the fair in order to enter the ballot for the chance to buy one or the whole series.

The Other Art Fair will, as always, introduce artists from Bristol and across the UK to potential buyers face-to-face in its social, relaxed atmosphere, making the fair especially appealing for first-time art buyers. There they’ll find everything from photography, stencilling, painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics to street art, with prices starting from £100.We’ve been a fan of Brook Tate’s characters – depicted on wood panels and often complemented by gold or silver lead – for a long time. 

The line-up has been carefully selected by contemporary art experts Rebecca Wilson, chief curator and VP art advisory at Saatchi Art; respected artist Eileen Cooper; Sarah Martin, head of exhibitions at Turner Contemporary in Margate; and curator of last year’s Turner Prize, George Vasey.

The Other Art Fair Bristol is the sole UK edition outside of London, attracting over 6,000 visitors across the weekend. “Following popular demand in previous years, we have decided to extend the fair from Thursday evening, as well as moving to a much bigger venue,” explained fair manager, Jessica Chow.

“This has given us the opportunity to showcase even more artists and create some fantastic immersive experiences for visitors. Bristol is such a culture-rich city so it’s a brilliant location to host the fair again this year.”

Local artists to look out for

Dawn Reader

Dawn’s a Somerset artist who has been painting for as long as she can remember and even had work featured on Channel 4 television. Inspired by seascapes and light, she has travelled the world chasing the light she paints. Simplifying and softening the forms of the landscape using a limited and somewhat muted palette, Dawn aims to extract and focus more on a spiritual serenity. The application of light and dark in the work serves not only to bring depth and perspective but also to emphasise the force and power in creation.

Grace Green

Fellow Somerset painter Grace focuses on the fruitfulness and fertility of life in all its forms but principally the absorption in organic growth. Sometimes the abstracted plant forms represent the microscopic cell structures in nature. Sometimes less organic forms such as chicken-wire have been introduced as a reminder of constraints that are placed by man over nature. But throughout, the primary desire is to focus on growth, nurture and transformation. More recently a figure is present, introducing the feeling of interaction between human and nature.Grace Green focuses on the fruitfulness and fertility of life

Robert Hewer

Bath-based painter Robert predominantly focuses on the face and human figure, using their physical structure as a vehicle for exploration into creating form and shape with paint. Robert is intrigued by the myriad ways in which paint can be used to describe form, more specifically the human form; whether it be using different mediums, layering the paint or different methods of application. Through the medium of paint he is constantly searching for that balance of a subtle yet convincing depiction of the face and figure.

Robert Hewer’s rather ethereal work explores the ways paint can be used to describe the human form

Brook Tate

Self-taught painter Brook Tate has exhibited across the globe. Hailing from Hastings, Brook has always been fascinated with the work of the Old Masters, painting since a young age. Brook works and lives in Bristol now, finding inspiration in people he meets. Brook uses colour to complement the portraits as well as gold and silver leaf. These masterpieces are created on wood panels, each with different grain and slightly different to the previous one. Large portions of the wooden panels are left free from paint so the viewer can enjoy the natural markings of the wood.

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