Monday, 18 October 2010

Palace Art Fair

The first Palace Art Fair took place on the 7th to the 10th October. It's a fantastic venue - the old 'country home' of the Bishops of London until the 1970's. The Palace has a Tudor core around a large courtyard and Great Hall and a spacious Georgian wing facing onto the botanic gardens and walled kitchen garden.

Fulham Palace is on the River by Putney Bridge and is something of an hidden gem in London as it's only been open for 6 years following centuries of private use. This is likely to change over the next few years as following the complete renovation of the Palace work has just started to renovate the stables, lodges, moat, vine house and walled garden.

About a hundred carefully selected artists exhibited at the Palace Art Fair in a number of rooms at the Palace and temporary spaces in the courtyard and gardens. Including Sophie Woodrow (above) with her wonderful creations of 'might have been' animals inspired by Victoriana

Polish Artist Gosia Kryk was the first artist visitors saw when they entered the courtyard, and her large colourful abstracts were a hit at the show.

Fulham Palace is a great place to visit - this was one of our cafe areas in the inner courtyard at the palace (very good cakes!)

Emma Mason prints exhibited printmakers from the twentieth century along with some contemporary printmakers.

Visitors loved the fair, praising the quality and variety of the art, they loved the beautiful venue and loved the relaxed vibe of the fair. This fair will build year by year as the word gets round about the most enjoyable art fair in London.

Guy Bird's bizarre ceramics.

The cafe terrace.

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