Cambridge Art Fair, UK

The art world fair might seem to be circumscribed to a couple of major, big cities – especially in UK London-centric. The Cambridge Art Fair, launched in 2013 by Craig Kerrecoe, represents a significant exception and it is quickly becoming an established part of the international art fairs calendar.

Indeed, in only two editions thus far, the Cambridge Art Fair has been growing at a rapid pace and its attendance figures have substantially increased, the fair becoming a respected stop on the art world circuit. People come to the Cambridge Art Fair to enjoy the art exhibited by high-quality British and international galleries and dealers.

Several features make the Cambridge Art Fair unique. Firstly, its exceptionality is due to its hosting city. For centuries, Cambridge has been one of the most admired cities, most widely known as the home of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. As the second fastest growing city in the country, in the last few years, the city has witnessed the emergence of a stimulating contemporary arts scene with new art spaces and a fresh dynamic and vibrant cultural life. Even if only for the month of October, the fair functions as an epicentre and crucially engages with the broader local art community, and as a result, exciting creative ideas pop up across the city in all manner of ways.

Furthermore, the Cambridge Art Fair offers an informal, friendly and relaxed atmosphere where every kind of visitor can expect to experience a diverse and rich range of artwork. The combined knowledge and experience of the galleries and dealers exhibiting at the fair ensure that any visitor is able to find the perfect piece of art he or she is looking for.

For both new and experienced collectors, the fair is a unique opportunity to build a quality collection that combines art from different periods and from any region of the world. Moreover, the Cambridge Art Fair dispels the common notion that building an art collection is a privilege reserved for a selected cluster of people. Indeed, at the Cambridge Art Fair, a collector has the opportunity to build a beautiful and rewarding art collection commensurate with one’s budget.

For its 3rd edition in October 2015, the Cambridge Art Fair offered a major opportunity to immerse into a rich collection of global art booths showcasing modern masterpieces alongside ground-breaking contemporary artists. A number of local galleries returned, including, Byard Art and The Lynne Strover Gallery. A plethora of new galleries with exciting programs and presenting art from outside the UK participated for the first time. Among them, Blue Nile Art (specialized in Ethiopian art), Hanoi Art House (a gallery specialising in Contemporary Vietnamese art) and Wealth-of-Art (an art platform offering both online selling and consultancy), specialized in established and emerging promising young artists from geographical locations, such as Belorussia, Colombia, Cuba and Italy. Thus, the 2015 fair will outclass with more diversity than ever presenting art from all around the world.

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By Laura Bruni

Laura Bruni holds a B.A. from the University of Bologna and an M.A. from IUAV, Venice. In September 2015, she started an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, London. She has worked as a research assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as a researcher and assistant curator of prominent artist Pier Paolo Calzolari providing curatorial support for projects, such as Another (Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris) and Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the new (MoMa, New York).