Brixton Celebrates Ten Years of Art at Urban Art Fair 2012

Coinciding with the Cultural Olympiad, Brixton celebrates ten years of creative independence at Urban Art 2012; London’s largest annual open air Contemporary Arts Fair.

This free event takes place the weekend of 14th and 15th July, 10am to 6pm, in Brixton’s leafy Josephine Avenue.

Urban Art was created in 2002 by Josephine Avenue resident, and portrait artist, Timothy Sutton who saw the railings in the street and realised it was a natural open air gallery.

“It has been an amazing ten years and we are really looking forward to celebrating our Birthday with the Cultural Olympiad. It takes a lot of hard work from our volunteers, but it is all made worthwhile when we see the street full of wonderful art, happy artists and enthusiastic visitors. Brixton is a great place to live and this is our chance to show it off to the rest of London.”

As well as being a fun day out for all art lovers, the event aims to provide:

· Affordable and credible exhibition space for new and established artists.
· A creative showcase for South London artists
· Fund raising for local causes including our 2012 charity partners Holy Trinity School, Jubilee Primary School and the Southside Rehabilitation centre, all of whom will receive a percentage of the sales made during the weekend.

Around 2,000 pieces of work will be on display from over 160 artists ranging from the novice to the established and with prices to match this is an event for all art lovers, whatever the budget. Prices range from under a tenner to over £1,000 so this is a great opportunity to buy direct from a wide range of artists including painters, printmakers, street artists and photographers examples of which can be found at www.urbanart.co.uk.

Additional attractions for Urban Art 2012 include:

i) Saturday Sound Stage showcasing an eclectic mix of cool Summer Sounds.

ii) Mouth watering selection of food stalls selling Mexican, Spicy Caribbean and Indian wraps.

iii) Pedestrianised Gallery area.

International artist David Taylor, who has been exhibiting since 2008, added: “I am really looking forward to exhibiting at Urban Art’s tenth birthday. This event is unique to London and gave me my first chance to exhibit my work and start my career as a professional artist”.