Coronavirus social distancing measures mean that some of the UK’s biggest art fairs have gone virtual…
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From 28 April
The Other Art Fair’s Online Studios is a new digital art experience from The Other Art Fair and Saatchi Art, providing a place for art lovers around the world to discover and buy art directly from emerging artistic talent, despite the coronavirus outbreak necessitating the postponement of the IRL spring fairs. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood – an established artist with a rapidly expanding fan base – has been announced as special Guest Artist for the event. A series of previously unseen limited-edition prints, signed by Ronnie, and two exclusive set list lithographs, will be available to buy. The pieces are vibrant re-workings of his beautiful collages and etchings of The Rolling Stones, featuring the band’s setlists from concerts in Pasadena, California, and Glastonbury. As his musical career progressed, Ronnie continued his passion for painting and drawing, and it is as natural to find him with a pencil as with a guitar, drawing portraits of his contemporaries and finding constant inspiration from music. Art lovers can shop all of the fair artists online and explore hundreds of artist profiles, both locally and across the globe, as well as taking part in weekly creative challenges and joining participating artists’ online Q&A sessions and studio tours.
The London Online Studio is now live online
Art for Cure, one of the leading art-related charities in the UK, is taking its biennial exhibition online this year to continue its vital fundraising work for breast cancer care. Originally scheduled to take place at Glemham Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan country house in Suffolk, over the VE Day weekend, Art for Cure has managed to redirect its efforts into an online offering in just a few short weeks, entirely through voluntary action. The re-calibrated Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition, launching at 6pm on 7 May, features more than 1,000 works by 100 UK artists, carefully curated into a brand new online gallery. You’ll find everything from contemporary art, photography and sculpture to ceramics, textiles and jewellery, and prices will range from £75 to £5,000. The Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition aims to raise funds to sustain breast cancer care and research during the COVID-19 global pandemic – a challenging time for many charities and causes – with participating artists donating up to 50% from each sale to Art for Cure charities. Founded by Belinda Gray, who completed treatment for breast cancer in 2014, Art for Cure was intended as a one-off fundraiser, but the show was an astonishing success and, since then, the charity has raised nearly £750,000 for national breast cancer research and support services.
London’s professional artists will showcase powerful and moving works in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as part of Wimbledon Art Fair this year. The fair, which will become a virtual event for the first time in 20 years due to the coronavirus outbreak, runs from 14-17 May. The online exhibition will feature thought-provoking artworks depicting defining moments of the current epidemic, from the tangible like masks and loo rolls to the fear of an invisible danger and the sorrows of social distancing. Plus, artists will donate a percentage of their total sales in support of the NHS and St George’s Hospital in Tooting. Highlights of the Wimbledon Art Fair Art SOS online exhibition include Georgia Kitty Harris’ The Isolation Archive, a series of portraits based on world-wide submissions from the public, documenting how we’re all living apart together; Roberta Volpe’s painting exploring the sorrow of social distancing; Mike Thebridge’s series of captivating portraits featuring face masks; and Sophie Tea’s new symbolic series of toilet roll paintings.
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