The Liverpool Art Fair is an exciting open submission selling event, designed to connect local artists with new art buyers on a large scale, break down barriers, and make affordable art accessible to all.
The first Liverpool Art Fair took place 1st-4th June 2012, and showcased the work of over 70 artists, selected from over 200 submissions, providing a unique insight into the region's creative talent. Hundreds of visitors joined us over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the wealth of talent in the region, and many are now the proud owners of their own piece of the Liverpool art world.
A smaller, more informal event, Liverpool Art Fair: Print Edition, was also held at Camp and Furnace in December 2012, offering visitors the chance to purchase locally produced original and limited edition prints; from linocuts and etchings to photographs and screenprints, in the run up to Christmas. We hope to build on these successes, and ensure Liverpool Art Fair becomes a key annual event in the arts calendar of the North West.
Liverpool Art Fair is part of Liverpool Art Month, an annual programme of events during May, which launched in 2012, and is designed to expand the reach of the Liverpool Art Prize. Full listings will be available on the Art Month website, as they are announced.
The Liverpool Art Month will be delivered by METAL in partnership with: Arena Studios and Gallery, Bluecoat Studio Artists, Breeze studio Liverpool, The Bridewell Studios, dot-art, The Gallery Liverpool, LJMU, POST, Red Wire, The Royal Standard and Wolstenholme Creative Space.
The Liverpool Art Prize is a competition of contemporary art, which was inspired by the Turner Prize and began in 2008. It was founded by Ian and Minako Jackson of ArtinLiverpool, and is now hosted by METAL at Edge Hill Station. It is open to all professional artists based or born in the Liverpool City Region or in the surrounding boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Sefton.
Previous Liverpool Art Prize winners are Robyn Woolston, Imogen Stidworthy, AL and AL, David Jacques and Marcus Soukup. The previous People's Choice winners are James Quin, Brendan Lyons, The Singh Twins and Elizabeth Willow, who have also gone on to achieve great respect within the industry.
The Liverpool Art Fair has been developed by dot-art, a Liverpool based arts organisation which has been supporting artists and developing innovative and creative visual arts projects and initiatives since 2005. dot-art is made up of two arms:
dot-art Ltd is an art gallery and consultancy based in Liverpool city centre, specialising in affordable, high quality, locally sourced art, on a sale, commission and rental basis, as well as offering a range of complementary services including; art consultancy, exhibition planning and implementation, bespoke framing, art valuation and restoration and artist sourcing. See www.dot-art.com.
dot-art Services CIC is a not-for-profit organisation which exists to support North-West based visual artists, both emerging and established, through a range of services and activities designed to help them develop their careers and gain exposure and promotion for their work. A Social Enterprise with artists at it's heart, dot-art Services CIC functions in a unique fashion, operating a membership system which gives artists a range of benefits including their own web page, access to exhibition, career development and promotional opportunities, as well as help and advice, networking events and discounts on art supplies and framing. See services.dot-art.com.