In conjunction with the opening of the Liverpool Biennial this weekend, Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair launches at World Museum today. Running until 6 July, the event is Britain’s newest international art fair, showcasing work by emerging and established artists from over 50 leading national and international galleries. Part of the the cultural programme for the UK’s International Festival for Business, the inaugural edition of the fair opens with a VIP launch and preview opening night on 3 July.
Liverpool has an ever-growing art scene and a sizable collector base. The perfect location for an international art fair, the city is home to the very best in visual art through its public institutions, private collections, leading commercial galleries and world renowned Biennial. Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair seeks to soak up the vibrancy of the city in order to enable local and visiting audiences to build on their present knowledge of the art world, as well as develop their international art collections.
The Fair will present a wide range of art. The curated programme includes talks, artist commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with art and artists directly. Some of the galleries participating include, Alice Harfield Gallery, Somerset, Bluecoat Dispaly Centre, Liverpool, Peter Hill Fine Art, Sheffield, Art5 Gallery, Brighton, Mona Yousef Art Gallery, Ontario and many more from across the world.
In addition to the outstanding number of exhibitors, audiences will be offered a rare opportunity to view and buy the artwork of Nelson Mandela. The Long Walk to Freedom Collective features a number of drawings accompanied by handwritten motivations by Mandela. The exhibition is presented at the Fair by The Belgravia Gallery from London, ahead of an event with the Nelson Mandela family and Graca Machel later in the year to launch the Nelson Mandela Opus publication. For the Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair, the gallery will exclusively exhibit three original works along with lithographs based on his time on Robben Island.
Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair, 3-6 July, World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN.
1. You-Are-My-Wonderment, Mixed media, 60 x 60 cm, Yvonne Coomber, courtesy of Art5 Gallery, Brighton.