Posted 13 Jul 2011

Festivals are huge all over the world, especially in the UK. Aberdeen will get into the festival scene for the first time this August, with the very first Aberdeen Art Fair.

The Aberdeen Art Fair will be held at the Music Hall, a relaxed, comfortable, and convenient location, during the weekend of August 13-14, with events catering to all tastes and budget. The entry fee is just £3 (free for children under 15), and artworks will range from £50 to £10,000, with a free wrapping service on site. There is sure to be something for everyone—from the novice art buyer and collector to the experienced art lover, or for those who support the local art scene in Aberdeen. Organisers anticipate the Aberdeen Art Fair becoming an annual event for the Scottish arts scene.

The variety and quality of the artwork on display is, as organiser Gerry Muldoon has said, “absolutely stunning.” There’ll be an eclectic range of original art from over 40 galleries and art associations, representing hundreds of artists from all over the UK. Exhibitors will include Henri Lorenzi and artists from the Eduardo Alessandro Studios, as well as from local galleries Peacock Visual Arts and Gallery Heinzel. Many of the artists coming to Aberdeen have never exhibited in the north-east before.

There’ll also be a wide range of free art events taking place at the Music Hall during the fair, often on a first-come, first-serve basis. As part of the educational goals of the festival, there’ll be a childrens art fair, for 5-10 year olds. It’ll run Saturday the 27th 10am-4pm and Sunday the 28th 10:30am-4pm, as available.

On the evening of Saturday the 27th, Opera on the Lawn will take place at Crathes Castle. The Aberdeen Opera Company will, for the first time, perform a selection of great operas and operettas, fully-costumed and unstaged, through the castle’s garden and lawn, while attendees enjoy a picnic dinner. Tickets cost £17.00 plus a booking fee. If you are planning on visiting then why not check the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Aberdeen.

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