Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Glasgow Art Fair Set to Break Records

Glasgow will see its biggest ever Art Fair event to be held in the city this year. A record number of galleries have applied to showcase work, at what is now widely considered to be the most prestigious contemporary art fair outside London.

The event, which takes place from April 19th to 22nd, has already sold advance tickets via the Internet for the first time.

Forty-three galleries, including eleven from Glasgow, will be exhibiting work from over 1000 artists. Nine galleries will be showing for the first time in a specially erected tented village in George Square.

Last year a record 16,000 visitors attended the event, run by Glasgow City Council, to admire and purchase original pieces of art. More than 1200 pieces of art totalling £1.1million were sold.
Organisers say the increase in exhibitors last year was proof of the popularity of the event with galleries as well as buyers. Lord Provost Liz Cameron said: "The Glasgow Art Fair has been an essential part of Glasgow's thriving cultural life for more than a decade now."

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