Article by Oliver Norris and Leah Michelle of Lemon Art.
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 the team at Sussex Art Fair thought it would be a good idea to help visitors and artists make an informed decision on why to visit, buy and/or exhibit with us at Sussex Art Fair. We also know the UK art calendar is a busy place, and we want to make sure you’ve got our next event scheduled in so you don’t miss out on our amazing artists and artwork on display!
What visitors can look out for
The event provides a unique experience for the residents of West Sussex and further afield as visitors can view artwork produced by local, national and international Independent artists all under one (albeit large!) racecourse roof.
Our tickets for weekend visiting are affordably priced 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 the layout, making sure the art at each stand is complimentary to the art on stands nearby. We also hand select all exhibitors 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 Fair also has 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 event in May 2019, and almost matched the same in July 2021 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 fair, there will be drinks and light refreshments served all day in the upstairs bar and restaurant. Visitors can come to Sussex Art Fair 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 Fair 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.
Sussex Art Fair is open to all independent artists and applying is free. Those selected will be able to showcase their artwork to a whole new demographic of the residents of Sussex. Stands are a lower cost than most other art fairs of this size, beginning at 3 linear metres and increasing 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.
Because Sussex Art Fair does not deduct any commission from sales, exhibitors will keep 100% of their sale proceeds, making it a profitable fair for artists and buyers alike knowing everyone is getting the best deal possible.
We are also excited to continue our partnership with artPAKK who man our wrapping station. Along with recyclable bubble wrap and brown paper, artPAKK will be offering customers complimentary 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 Sussex Art Fair!