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18 EXHIBITIONS FRESH: ART FAIR

Anthony, Eleanor and Tweed with Bruce McLean

Fresh: Art Fair 27 - 29 April Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, UK

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ince its inception last year, Fresh: Contemporary Art Fair has been breathing new life into the UK art scene, taking the focus away from the capital and surprising everyone along the way.

With the Centaur building at Cheltenham Racecourse hosting 45 of the UK’s leading galleries over three days, 2017’s launch saw some 5,000 paintings and sculptures exhibited by 400 artists, and attracted 4,300 visitors from the Cotswolds and beyond. The success of the first year ensured a return for 2018, and firmly

established Fresh: Art Fair as a major player in the art fair calendar. Fresh: Art Fair is the brainchild of Eleanor Wardle, owner of Cheltenham’s Paragon Gallery, and her father Anthony. ‘People simply didn’t know what to expect ‘, says Anthony, reflecting on last year’s success. ‘We knew we had some wonderful galleries’, adds Eleanor. “With original prints and paintings, sculpture, ceramics and glass from £100 to £50,000, we knew we had something for everyone. But we had no idea how many people would come or what an amazing buzz it would create’.

Inside Artists - Issue 12  

All artworks in their finished state are vast and multifaceted. Sometimes the layers are physical. Paint upon paint, built up and scraped b...

Inside Artists - Issue 12  

All artworks in their finished state are vast and multifaceted. Sometimes the layers are physical. Paint upon paint, built up and scraped b...

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