The tenth edition of the Parallax Art Fair returns once again to Chelsea Town Hall this month, featuring almost 200 artists exhibiting their works in the disciplines of fine art, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, textiles and home accessories.
This time round, the Fair will be supporting CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics) who will be selling donated art and signed catalogues (Maggi Hambling and Edmund de Waal) to raise money for persecuted lecturers and professors in Iraq and Syria. Given the heightened violence in the region where Iraqi universities have actually been attacked, the Parallax organisers are keen to encourage buyers to support CARA in this endeavour; CARA will be showing in Gallery 2 of the fair.
Dr Barlow, one of the founders of Parallax, says:
“I’m excited running these things is tough in a culture still weighed down by the fundamentalist objectivism trotted out by the arts industry, but in our last fair one artist sold work for £7000 proving that an artists’ art fair can be a much better deal for exhibitors and buyers alike than the old-style dealer fairs and galleries.There are no stingy entrance fees, no hidden or extra commission fees on top of purchases, and no VAT for some exhibitors either. It’s a much better deal for buyers. I do understand though that some people still think that they need to be told what is “good”, but those days are over since Derrida /et al/ switched on the lights and we stopped asking for an expert opinion on all the modern blurriness. You are your own mind. You are your own critic of objects and makers; what you like about them, is what is right. And you can also support artists directly and save money in the process!”
A catalogue of selected pieces from the 10th Parallax Art Fair can be viewed at parallaxaf.co/catalogue.html.
10th Parallax Art Fair
Private view – 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 25th July 2014
11am – 5pm, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014
Chelsea Town Hall