EVENT – Edinburgh Art Fair, Corn Exchange

Edinburgh Art Fair 2009

Edinburgh Art Fair 2009


The Edinburgh Art Fair is back in town, taking place this weekend at the Corn Exchange.

I attended the preview evening and drinks reception last night and – as ever – I was impressed by the quantity and diversity of the works on show.

With 65 galleries from around the UK and further afield showing their works (and with each gallery usually having a number of artists on their books), there is a huge variety of work on display, with many artists on hand to happily discuss their art with prospective buyers or interested art lovers.


So, whatever your taste in art, you’ll likely find something which appeals to you. Works range from the quirky and offbeat, through abstract and figurative paintings; as well as a small number of sculptures and mixed media pieces.

Appreciating the works at the Edinburgh Art Fair

Appreciating the works at the Edinburgh Art Fair


Most galleries offer interest-free purchase options, and prices vary, with some smaller works and limited prints coming in under the £100 mark. Needless to say, one of my favourite paintings in the show, a stunning large-scale abstract seascape, was at the upper end of the spectrum and had a price tag of £16,000. Whether I have good taste or not is debatable, but I do seem to have an expensive one.
Quirky pieces at the Art Fair

Quirky pieces at the Art Fair


My one complaint last night was the temperature of the venue itself. It was a cold night and most people were dressed accordingly. However, the Corn Exchange was quite stifling and this made walking around looking at the works on sale quite uncomfortable. Hopefully this is resolved by the time the fair opens to the public later today.

The Edinburgh Art Fair runs from 20-22 November, 11am-6pm (5pm on Sunday). £5 admission (£4 concession).

Suitable for disabled? Yes, all surfaces are flat and entrances to the venue are wide. The Art Fair is always busy though and the main hall could be hard to navigate if in a wheelchair.

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