The other art fair presented by Saatchi Art showcases 100 talented independent and emerging artists hand picked by a committee of art world experts. Moving from the Arnolfini, Bristol to its new home at the Passenger Shed at Temple Meads train station. Highlights of the show include abstract landscapes by Venice based artist Stacey Gibboni, Metamorphica prints by London based artist Paul Kingsley Squire, Lawrie Hutcheon optical illusion work and Elaine Kazimierczuk vivid landscapes.
I asked some of the artists how they had found this years show. Some were taking part for the first time others had returned year on year. All the artists I spoke to found the organisers helpful and quick to answer their emails. Some of the artists had had help hanging their work on the Thursdays but I did speak to one who hadn’t had any help. Overall it seems a good show for artists to take part in, however sales were slow for some and they resigned themselves to it being a marketing exercise rather than one to generate income. There was free packing for any sales generated and also the ‘Own Art’ credit facility was available for artists to offer to prospective buyers.