A guide to the Edinburgh Art Fair 2014
Including where to buy art on a budget, the best galleries for homegrown talent and artwork by up and coming artists
Over 50 galleries from across the UK and further afield are set to exhibit at the Edinburgh Art Fair this year. Jennifer Owens guides potential art-buyers around this year's crop
For artwork by up and coming artists
While a number of the exhibitors profess an interest in emerging artists, only few have made the promotion of new artists a priority. Degreeart.com is a primarily online gallery focusing on UK student and graduate artists, promoting the next generation of up-and-coming painters, sculptors, printers and photographers. First Contemporary similarly aims to encourage new talent, and specialises in international painters. And Galeria Gaudi, based in Madrid, maintains a presence at several international art fairs and represents emerging artists in photography, sculpture and painting.
If you’re on a budget
Many of the galleries participating this year have signed up to the Own Art scheme, making it easier to purchase contemporary art by borrowing interest free. However, several exhibitors feature less expensive artworks for those of modest means seeking to own contemporary art. The Art Salon will be showing selected works by artists who also produce items costing between £20 and £500. Edinburgh-based Art Amatoria represents both new and established artists, and sells affordable paintings, sculptures and prints. In addition, the Tighnabruaich Gallery, representing artists linked to Scotland, also offers a range of works at accessible prices.
The best galleries for crafts and designer homeware
Many of the galleries exhibiting this year have strong links with producers of contemporary crafts and homeware. Eduardo Alessandro Studios hold a wide stock of ceramics, sculpture, applied arts and jewellery alongside their fine art collection, and Gallery Ten represents artists working in glass, jewellery and wood in addition to painters and printmakers. The Moy Mackay Gallery, alongside the textile-paintings of its eponymous owner, also features a range of craft pieces. The Lee Benson Gallery and Mayne Gallery exhibit craftworks, including glass and ceramics as well as paintings, while the Tippecanoe Gallery maintains a collection of individually sourced crafts, homewares, painting and prints. The Watermill, of Aberfeldy, prominently focuses on ceramicists, product designers and printmakers.
Where to find Scottish art
Several institutions maintain an exclusive focus on new and established Scottish artists. The aptly named Scottish Gallery will be bringing along a selection of works by household names such as Elizabeth Blackadder and Joan Eardley, as well as some more contemporary works. The pop-up Hanley Collins group will be presenting works by up-and-coming artists, as will 3burgh, showcasing the mixed media and textile works of three Edinburgh artists. Atholl Gallery, Gallery at Fifty Five and Gallery Q all focus on homegrown contemporary art, while the Alpha Art Gallery features a high percentage of Scottish born, trained or resident artists.
For something different
If international art piques your interest, the Adhunik Art Gallery specialises in contemporary Indian art, while the Arusha Art Gallery features a large number of international artists. Tingari Arts represents Australian aboriginal artists, and The Victory Gallery specialises in historical paintings, etchings and engravings largely from the period 1880–1940. For those with a little more time, two of the largest gallery groups in Scotland will be represented at this year’s fair too: Breeze Art and the Enid Hutt Gallery.
Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Fri 14 Nov–Sun 16 Nov, £5 (£3).