In its new home in the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, the sixth Aberdeen Art Fair opened to great aplomb last night for a weekend of original and contemporary art! Appearing at the fair are works by celebrity artists, first time exhibitors and well-known North-East names.
Spread across two floors in the Ballroom and the Northern Lights Suite, the ballroom’s art-deco interiors provide a wonderful location for the event. Galleries from across Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee based galleries among others, have come together to provide a unique, affordable and accessible art fair for both serious collectors and casual appreciators alike.
Huge names like Vetriano, Bellany and Howson shine on display, but do not overshadow the incredible talents of newer artists and the fair never feels balanced in the favour of the celebrities. This generous atmosphere is further reinforced by the presence of a silent auction in aid of the Archie Foundation, benefiting Aberdeen’s sick children.
Worthy of special mention are the stalls of Robertson Fine Art and of the Alpha Art Gallery, who have both created a fantastic and affordable display catalogue, which in my opinion could hang brilliantly together in a curated exhibition. The Enid Hutt Gallery which, for good reason, is the stall that every fairgoer will see first when they enter. Beautifully realised brass sculptures and a wide range of oil on canvas pieces give a fantastic first impression of the fair.
The 2016 Aberdeen Art Fair runs from the 2nd of September to the 3rd of September from 10am – 5pm. Entrance is £3 for adults and children enter free. There is such a wide range of art on display that it would be a mistake to miss it! Anyone in the Aberdeen area should take advantage of this great opportunity and get down to the Beach Ballroom as soon as you can!