Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019 at Newbury Racecourse, RG14 7NZ.

A new family friendly art fair is coming to Newbury this May – find out more below:

An inspiring art experience open to all, showcasing a rich array of the very best contemporary art and artists alongside innovative workshops run by West Berkshire’s The Base, intriguing live artist demos, free auction valuations by TV expert and Bargain Hunt regular, Thomas Forrester and his team, delicious Café, Bar and Wine Tasting – and so much more.

Come and experience the unique buzz of CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS – NEWBURY, where over 160 emerging and established contemporary artists and galleries will gather to share their extraordinary work in a relaxed, participatory and welcoming environment. This vibrant and easily accessible event is a first for the renowned Contemporary Art Fairs in Newbury. It provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves in a few hours of superb art and creativity in a warm and convivial atmosphere – with many original pieces available at affordable prices.

With a wide range of exciting, interactive activities on offer, including free valuations by TV expert and Bargain Hunt regular, Thomas Forrester and his team at Special Auction Services, a children’s Art Quest activity trail to keep the little ones happily occupied and artist led creative worksops – this absorbing arts event is so much more than just an art fair!

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Finding that WOW Factor

From first time buyers on a budget and homeowners with an empty wall or two to art lovers and discerning collectors all seeking that elusive WOW factor, there’s something here to suit every taste and spend. With over 5,000 carefully curated artworks on display in a huge variety of styles and mediums, this event is also perfect for anyone just wishing to browse their way through the very best of the contemporary art scene within a warm and friendly environment. There’s absolutely no obligation to buy.

Mingle with the Artists …

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS – NEWBURY also provides an invaluable opportunity for visitors to mingle face-to-face with the artists themselves; to delight in the stories and thinking behind the creative process, bringing added value and interest to any work of art as it becomes more of an experience.

The Art Fair represents an open doorway into the art of tomorrow; and with emerging artists eager for recognition, there’s every chance of snapping up an unexpected bargain!

Raising Money for The Prince’s Trust

An ongoing tradition of each CONTEMPORARY ARTS FAIRS event sees every exhibitor create an original, collectible 8” square canvas in their own unique style, all of which are displayed and sold during the Art Fair to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust, to date raising over £65,000. At just £45 each these are known to fly off the wall!

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Real Art for Real People

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS is the creation of Directors Deborah James and Sarah McAllister, who many years ago identified a need for an informal, truly accessible way for established, award-winning and emerging artists to showcase their work and skills to a wider audience.

Sarah explains: “We wanted to bring together artists and galleries from across the UK and Europe under one roof to give art lovers the opportunity to browse and immerse themselves in everything contemporary art has to offer, whether in the home or work environment. There are so many different styles to peruse, with everything from limited edition prints to the more expensive original pieces, as well as every opportunity to commission your very own tailored artwork. Art is for one and all, and to bring it together alongside real, live interaction with the artists themselves makes the magic of art and creativity wonderfully accessible to everyone.”

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Deborah continues: “Having run three hugely popular CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS each year in Surrey, Windsor and Berkshire over the last few years, Newbury is a new venue for us and we’re excited to be increasing our reach into new areas. We urge everyone to come along and make the most of having the very best in contemporary art and creativity on their doorstep – as well as an amazing atmosphere and a fabulous mix of activities!”

With a Private View evening on Friday 10th May from 6-9pm incorporating the official opening of the Fair by Sir John Madejski OBE DL, there is a chance to appreciate fine art and fine wine as well as room to engage with other art enthusiasts (by invitation or ticket only). The possibilities are endless – visitors can enjoy the thrill of discovering a future star, or commission an artist to create a unique piece … become part of the community that forms around an artist, or enjoy the thrill of supporting one. At every CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS event, the opportunity is there to invest in a work or simply fall in love and go home with something that is forever part of your story.

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Contemporary Art Fairs is offering West Berkshire Mums members a fantastic 50% discount on tickets for the Newbury event! Enter code CAFN19WBM at to redeem the discount. Under 16s are free.

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