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Ambitious plans to create a new art fair for the east

07:33 07 October 2014

Artist Will Teather working on his prototype of his 360 degree paintings in multiple perspective project, at his studio in Muspole Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Artist Will Teather working on his prototype of his 360 degree paintings in multiple perspective project, at his studio in Muspole Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Two Norwich-based artists have plans to create a new and ambitious art fair in the city – and they are putting a call out for galleries and creative collectives to get involved.

New exhibition

Artist Will Teather is having an exhibition of his work at Anteros Arts Foundation, in Norwich, this month.

Called Another Orient/Infinite Perspectives, the show will feature a wide range of his work and include about 40 pieces.

One of the works of art is part of a project Mr Teather is currently working on which blurs the boundaries between 2D and 3D and plays with perspective and visual illusion.

“I want it to feel like you are walking through a flock of doves,” Mr Teather said.

“The doves are painted inside a large hemisphere and the perspective changes depending on where you are looking. It has an immersive quality.”

Other works include a set of paintings inspired by the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth and a set of semi abstract paintings of horses.

“I aim to create visual spectacle in paint. I am interested in spectacle, a sense of carnival and giving people a slightly alternative viewpoint of things,” he said. One of the works of art – called Cardiologiomania and inspired by a poster from the 1850s – is also featured on a poster currently being displayed in the Regent’s Park London Underground station to advertise the exhibition.

The free exhibition at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich runs from Thursday to November 17. The hemisphere of birds will go on display in the gallery from October 17. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm.

For more on Mr Teather’s work, visit www.willteather.com

Art Fair East is the idea of Will Teather and Brian Korteling, and the first fair is set to take place in the city’s St Andrew’s Hall in June next year. The aim is to feature local art as well as national and international work.

Mr Teather said: “Art Fair East is intended to be an annual event and aims to be an important new art fair for the east of England. Our mission is to showcase national and international galleries and dealers to an Eastern region audience of art lovers and businesses. The fair aims to draw an audience from across the eastern region and beyond.”

Mr Korteling added: “Norwich already has a fantastic arts scene and we believe this event could help put Norwich on the map as an international hub for creativity.”

Mr Teather said they had already had interest in the fair from galleries and groups across the UK as well as France, Italy and Ireland. He added that the fair was focusing on galleries, dealers and collective groups of artists rather than individuals so that it could present as diverse a range of art as possible, and that the emphasis was on visual art rather than crafts.

“We are looking for high quality, established art galleries and collectives to take part in what we want to be a major art event for the east of England and a focus for the visual arts in the region,” he said.

“We are expecting to have quite a lot of affordable work alongside collector pieces and investment art work. The aim is to have a broad spectrum.” Mr Teather and Mr Korteling also hope to put together a collective of artists and exhibit some of their own work at the fair.

Mr Teather is a lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, a visual arts writer, art collector, artist and a trustee of the Anteros Arts Foundation. He has been involved in the organisation of exhibitions across the UK and overseas and written for national and regional publications, including the guidebook, Art! East Anglia.

Mr Korteling has managed a graphic design company and is a designer, curator and visual artist. He has organised a range of exhibitions in the region over the past five years.

Art Fair East will run from June 4 to 7 next year. As well as appealing for galleries and art collectives to get involved, the organisers are also looking for sponsors and to form partnerships with organisations.

For more about how to get involved in Art Fair East, visit www.artfaireast.com or email info@artfaireast.com

Do you have an arts story? Email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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