Written by Leah Michelle & Oliver Norris
Who We Are … Sussex Art Fairs
With so many art fairs and exhibitions popping up around the Country in cities like London, Brighton and beyond, it can seem daunting knowing where to start looking to either buy or exhibit art so we thought it would be a good idea to help our visitors and artists make an informed decision on why to visit, buy and/or exhibit with us at Sussex Art Fairs. We also know the UK art calendar is a busy place, and we want to make sure you’ve got our next Sussex Art Fairs (East) at Brighton Racecourse scheduled in so you don’t miss out on our amazing artists and artwork on display!
What visitors can look out for
Our events provide a unique experience for the residents of East and West Sussex and further afield as visitors can view artwork produced by local, national and international Independent artists and galleries all under one (albeit large!) racecourse roof. As the Sussex Art Fairs is a biennial event, we have two art fairs every year: the next one will be Sussex Art Fairs (East) at Brighton Racecourse 11-13 October 2019 and our first 2020 fair will be Sussex Art Fairs (West) at Goodwood Racecourse after the success of our 2019 event.
Our tickets for weekend visiting are affordably priced at £6 per person and being family friendly, entrance is free for children up to the age of 12. We want to make sure everyone feels welcome, excited and inspired to view the exceptional and affordable art on display so we carefully plan our fairs’ layout, making sure the art at each stand is complimentary to the art on stands nearby. We also hand select all exhibitors (galleries and artists alike) to ensure our art fairs have a lot to offer in terms of quality, variety and style of work. Visitors can also chat with the artists to learn more about the artwork as all exhibitors will be on hand to discuss their creations.
Sussex Art Fairs will also have a wall of ‘Mini Masterpieces’ at our charity partner’s stand: Sussex Wildlife Trust … Small but beautiful original paintings are being donated by our exhibiting artists and sold by our charity partner Sussex Wildlife Trust. Anyone can buy an individual work for £50 knowing that 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity so they can continue their mission of preserving our rich and wonderful Sussex nature and wildlife. The buying public raised £1,500 at our inaugural Sussex Art Fairs (West) event in May 2019, and we hope our future art fairs will raise more as visitors will know in advance that owning a beautiful work of art can also help preserve the inspiring environment is all around us.
Throughout the fairs, there will be drinks and light refreshments served all day. At Sussex Art Fairs (East) visitors can come knowing that in the morning they can grab a coffee to enjoy whilst roaming the stands and admiring the artwork on display, perhaps chat to some of the talented artists as well. Then head back to the Café and Bar in the Premier Hall to enjoy drinks and light refreshments, whilst deciding which piece is their favourite before heading back to make it their own!
Visitors can come to Sussex Art Fairs knowing it is a lovely day out on their own or with family and/or friends, being inspired by and enjoying the beauty of art, surrounded by an uplifting community of art lovers and makers alike.
For those who are experienced collectors or who are looking to start collecting art, then Sussex Art Fairs is the ideal place to find that one (or two or three!) pieces of artwork to invest in, as our events consist of over 100 curated stands, where artists and galleries show their best contemporary and traditional artwork at affordable prices.
The purchase price of artwork starts at £50 for prints and small originals and goes up to a maximum of over £5,000 for a handful of masterpieces by more established artists so all budgets can be accommodated for. By vetting each individual exhibitors’ artwork, online presence, and sales and exhibitions history, we help make the buying experience better for everyone because there really is something to cater for all tastes, budgets and collections. The provenance of buying work from our fairs will allow our exhibitors’ works to speak for themselves.
Available to buy will be Landscape and Abstract paintings, photographic art and digital art, ceramics and glass sculptures, portraiture and animal art, plus a few exhibitors who produce work which defy labels, meaning buyers will find that exact piece that matches their criteria plus provides them with the excitement of seeing a work that speaks to your heart.
Exhibitors (Both Galleries and Independent Artists)
Sussex Art Fairs is open to all galleries and independent artists alike and is free to apply for. Those selected will be able to showcase their artwork to a whole new demographic of the people of East and West Sussex. Stands are a lower cost than other art fairs of this size and begin at 3 linear metres and increase in size up to 8 linear metres, so there are stands to suit all budgets.
When applying exhibitors get to select their 3 most preferred Stand choices, so they are guaranteed to be in their most desired position and are offered the stand which most suits their artistic countenance.
As Sussex Art Fairs does not make any deductions from sales, the exhibitors will keep 100% of all of their sale proceeds, making it a profitable fair for artists and buyers alike knowing everyone is getting the best deal possible. Of course, if exhibitors would prefer not to take their own payments, then we will happily take care of that for you and your buyers for a low commission of 10%.
We are also excited to provide a professional wrapping station manned by our partners artPAKK ‘choose to reuse’. Along with our recyclable bubble wrap and brown paper, artPAKK will be offering exhibitors and customers the chance to purchase their reusable artPAKK bags that are great for protecting art in transport and storage and ensure we are providing a quality service from an environmentally aware business.
As we are also sponsored by Cass Art, the UK’s leading art products supplier, we are able to provide special offers to our exhibiting artists for all purchases made through their website.
We are thrilled to be working with so many reputable and conscientious brands and partners, and our hope is to also inspire buyers and artists alike to enjoy and engage with art in their homes and at our fairs. We dream of a world, where as many households as possible find the joy and reward of owning original art created by contemporary artists, and we welcome everyone to fulfil this dream with us at the Sussex Art Fairs!