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Affordable art fair expands

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Following the inaugural event’s resounding success in 2018, the IGN Art Fair returns to Newcastle Art Gallery in July.

This year, the fair will take place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July, from 5pm to 8pm and from 10am to 3pm, respectively.

There will be live music and a pop-up bar on the Friday night as well as a free Art Cart for children and micro-talks with artists and art collectors for adults on the Saturday.

All art will be available to buy and take home on the day.

Curated by Independent Galleries Newcastle, the affordable art fair is a collaborative effort between Gallery 139, the Creator Incubator, Back to Back Galleries, Timeless Textiles, Newcastle Art Space, Art Systems Wickham and CStudios.

Organiser Ahn Wells, director of Gallery 139, says the fair is a one-stop shop for all things art.

“I think it’s really good to get all the galleries together to make it easier for people [to shop], but also for the galleries to catch up as we’re all in separate spaces,” she says.

Gallery 139’s featured artist will be textile fibre artist Olivia Parsonage, who will showcase her works alongside Helene Leane, Lydia Miller, Linda Greedy, Paul Maher, Malcolm Sands and John Earle.

The IGN Art Fair is supported by a number of other community groups, including the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, Hudson Street Hum and Make Space Newcastle.

In a new addition this year, fairgoers can buy tickets at the event to a Newcastle Art Tour on Newcastle’s Famous Tram on Sunday 28 July, hosted by Wells.

Entry to the fair is free. Go to independentgalleriesnewcastle.com

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