Reading’s Contemporary Art Fair is back in town for it’s third year and yesterday I had a lovely evening at the Show. I enjoyed seeing the work of local artists displayed along side a favourite illustrator and artist Moose Allain.
What I also enjoyed, or rather found refreshing was to have a like-minded rant with the dynamo that is Suzanne Stallard of Reading’s ‘Jelly’ (http://jelly.org.uk/) about affordable art. I find that a lot of people see ‘art’ as both unaffordable and unobtainable but end up spending a lot of money on reproduction posters from a certain out-of-town, large furniture retailer. You see I think it’s the ‘unobtainable’ bit that puts people off, from both art snobbery and elitism and that’s exactly what this art fair cuts through.
From painters to print makers, photographers and even furniture this fair was accessible affordable and yes even friendly. There was something for every budget from small prints to stunning, and huge, mixed media works. I loved, what I’m now calling ‘Jelly Corner’, which had been styled by Lisa-Marie Gibbs of Patchwork Butterfly. It was also great to see the involvement of ‘New Directions’ Reading’s adult learning service, encouraging art learning and skills.
Reading’s Contemporary Art Fair is on all weekend. It’s open, accessible and friendly and gives you the opportunity to buy something made by a genuine artist rather than a mass produced, over priced framed poster.