Bound to impress: Liverpool Art Fair 2019, at the Metquarter, with contributing artists from across the region

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This month, we caught up with Lucy Byrne, Managing Director of dot-art about the huge variety of work on show for Liverpool Art Fair 2019.

Words: Jean Hill

Now in its eighth year, Liverpool Art Fair has a reputation for bringing together an eclectic collection of art works. This year, it is hosted in the heart of the city centre, at Liverpool’s iconic shopping centre, Metquarter. It will run for eleven weeks from Friday 14th June to Sunday 1st September. The aim is to showcase a wide range of affordable original art by local artists and celebrate the region’s creative talent.

There are 300 pieces of art on display and prices range from £25 to a maximum of £2,000.  The exhibition includes artwork in a variety of media from painting and photography, to printmaking and sculpture.

All visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite artwork. A word of warning, the quality of the art work and the diversity make this a very difficult decision. His & Hers chose our favourite after some lively discussion.  The winner will be announced at the People’s Choice Award on Thursday 22 August, 2019.

Liverpool Art Fair, The Metquarter

Lucy Byrne, Managing Director of dot-art, is the Fair’s organiser. She is committed to promoting local artists. She believes that the Art Fair offers first time buyers and collectors an opportunity to buy affordable original pieces. Her dedication and hard work secure an investment and commitment towards a vibrant local art scene for the future.

Talking to Lucy Byrne, her enthusiasm shines through. “We’re absolutely delighted to have received a record number of entries from artists this year…It was a challenging selection process…We are confident that both our regular and new visitors will love the selections.”

“There is a huge variety of work on show, from photorealistic studies to evocative landscapes to dramatic abstracts. It is also fantastic to see a number of self-taught artists come through this year. We’re excited to celebrate the incredible talent the region has shown with everyone.”

The fair will be open to the public 7 days a week, 12pm until 5pm from 14 June– 1 September 2019; running for 80 days. We were stunned by the quality and diversity of art on display. Guests were buzzing with excitement. It is rare to see so much talent, collected together in one exhibition. And the good news is that it is all to be enjoyed and cherished. It also offers a unique insight into the region’s creative art talent.

At the Launch, food and cocktails were provided by The Florist. The cocktails, tantalisingly, offered the promise of summer, with delicate pansy flowers floating atop Prosecco. We loved the pork pies with piccalilli: so satisfying on a chilly evening.

200 Degrees, due to open 15th July 2019, is an exciting addition to the Metquarter. My companion thought their Cappuccino was the best ever, rich, layered hit of flavour throughout. This is a company on a mission. “We understand that the perfect cup of coffee is not just about taste, it’s about doing things the right way. We aim to be a great company…That applies to our coffee.. our service, the way we treat people, including our suppliers.”

The Art Fair is free admission, adjacent to the Everyman Cinema. Dazzling venue, and wonderful art work.

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