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New contemporary art fair set for Old Shire Hall in the heart of Durham

Some of the most exciting galleries in the North East will feature in a new contemporary art show in Durham

A participatory photographic event, Take Time Out For Yourself, by EC Davies will be one art fair attraction
A participatory photographic event, Take Time Out For Yourself, by EC Davies will be one art fair attraction

A new contemporary art fair is to take place at the end of the month in Durham.

The venue is to be the Grade II-listed Old Shire Hall, in the heart of the city, which was built in 1895 as the County Hall.

Hosting the fair will be Vane and Breeze Creatives.

Vane, founded in 1997, is based at Commercial Union House in Newcastle where it mounts exhibitions and looks after the interests of 20 artists from the UK and overseas.

Breeze Creatives, also based in Commercial Union House, describes itself as a community interest company running cultural projects in the North East.

The organisers say the fair will include presentations by several Newcastle galleries, both long established and more recent.

They include, in the former category, Vane and the Globe Gallery (also based in Newcastle). Breeze, System Gallery and Praxis are listed among the newcomers.

Representing “a significant presence from the burgeoning Middlesbrough arts scene” will be Platform A, Python Gallery and House of Blah Blah.

During the fair there will be a programme of live work and other solo presentations by artists.

The organisers explain: “The fair is one of a series of events at Old Shire Hall over the summer that will raise funds towards the building and running of The Experimental Studio, a collaboration between Vane and Breeze Creatives to support a series of residencies for contemporary artists based at Vane’s gallery in Newcastle.

“The residencies will allow artists in any field of practice to benefit from working in a concentrated time period, at the end of which there will be opportunities to exhibit work in Vane gallery.”

More details about all this can be found at www.experimentalstudio.org.uk

The art fair will take place on Saturday, August 30 (12-6pm) and Sunday, August 31 (12-5pm) with a preview on Friday, August 29 (5-9pm).


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