24th to 26th May 2019

Fun for the Kids at Dundee Art Fair

Children visiting Dundee Art Fair are in for an artistic treat!  In collaboration with CASS Art, we are excited to host an exclusive area for kids to enjoy making their very own art.

Kids aged 3+ will have the opportunity to paint, draw and enjoy art, with many fun crafts and materials at hand - all supplied by CASS Art. 

CASS Art is the UK's leading art materials supplier, with an online shop and 13 stores across the UK; its Scottish Flagship Store being located in Glasgow Queen Street.  Not only does the firm specialise in art supplies, but it supports local artists too, by providing them with 6 unique art spaces to use for workshops and exhibitions - all free of charge. 

The retailer is pleased to be sponsoring the Fair’s Kids Area.  Gemma Travers, the Outreach & Exhibition Coordinator for Scotland said: “We’re really excited about The Dundee Art Fair.  It’s a great opportunity for art to be enjoyed by all - not just adults, but kids too!  The sponsorship fits perfectly with our ethos of helping artists enjoy what they love most, but also it’s great to introduce children to art.  We’re looking forward to supplying lots of different materials for them to use and explore so that they can create their own masterpieces.  I’m sure the parents will appreciate the Kids area too, giving them a chance to enjoy the show, with the peace of mind that their kids are in good hands and learning new artistic skills.” 

Parents can leave the kids in the hands of our suitably qualified staff, who will keep an eye on them. Importantly, we ask is for parents to remain in the Caird Hall at all times and to be contactable by mobile phone.

For more information on CASS Art visit www.cassart.co.uk.


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Iona Leishman to exhibit at Dundee Art Fair

Stirling-based artist, Iona Leishman, will be one of over 50 artists exhibiting at Dundee Art Fair next month (24-26 May 2019).

Iona has become known for depicting historic events in her painting since her artist's residency at Stirling Castle.  For four successive years, she exhibited in the Castle's Chapel Royal with her castle experiences in 'A Sense of Place'; in 2013 she marked 500 years since the catastrophic Battle of Flodden, going on to recognise the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn in 2014.  In 2015, her exhibition 'And Yet It Stands' celebrated the 500th anniversary since the birth of Marie de Guise, mother of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Since then, Iona’s paintings continue to be seen at Stirling Castle in the Unicorn cafe and she is the proud artist of ‘The King at His Fireside’, which is the only painting on show in the whole of Stirling Castle. It hangs in the Princes Tower and depicts James V, a glass in hand, the shadowy figure of a woman behind him. The rich tapestry of the Hunt of the Unicorn drapes the wall and the stone carving of the mermaid-like creature was drawn from the Queen's Chambers in the Palace at Stirling Castle.

With a modern edge, Iona’s work is historic and dramatic.   With inspiration taken from her time at Stirling Castle, where she was Historic Environment Scotland’s first artist in residence, she turns history into life and adds interest with colour and texture.  Commenting on her work, the Perth-born artist said: “My best painting is when I'm quiet and I listen for the energy and frequency of past peoples and events.  I allow the materials to suggest stories and patterns, feeling my way into the colour and textures of the time."

Commenting on her work, she said: “My best painting is when I'm quiet and I listen for the energy and frequency of past peoples and events. I allow the materials to suggest stories and patterns, feeling my way into the colour and textures of the time."



Dr Neil Oliver, TV presenter, historian, archaeologist and author, is a fan of Iona’s work: “I have loved many of Iona’s paintings over the years and, as a resident of Stirling, I especially enjoy catching fresh glimpses of places I know, seen through someone else’s questioning and pondering eyes.”

He enjoys Iona’s work so much that he had a painting, ‘A Stirling Story’ (above), commissioned by her. On receiving his painting, he said “a joy, pure and simple.”

Come along to The Dundee Art Fair to meet Iona in person and see some of her fantastic work.  Iona can be found at Stand 1 over the weekend of the Fair. 

Dundee Art Fair takes place between 24 and 26 May 2019.

For more information or tickets, please click here.


Dates announced for The Dundee Art Fair

Dates have been announced for The Dundee Art Fair. The inaugural event will take place between 24 and 26 May this year, in the city’s Caird Hall and it will be the first of its kind in the city.

The fair, which is being organised by Gallery i, a Scottish art gallery based in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, is expected to attract over 50 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors across the weekend, with people travelling from all over the UK to attend.

Kim Curson, Art Fair Organiser, comments: “We are really excited to be launching The Dundee Art Fair. We’re passionate about Dundee as an arts location; with the opening of the V&A last year and the waterfront redevelopment, we feel the timing is right. There’s a real buzz in Dundee and a welcomed interest in the arts from across the city.  We hope to build on this by introducing the city to new artists, but also, we hope to inspire more people to enjoy art and to get involved.”

The Art Fair will showcase original art by Scottish Artists, as well as British and International Artists. The range of artwork is set to be wide and varied, incorporating original paintings in a variety of media as well as sculpture and wooden art and designs.

Some of the artists and galleries lined up include: Heart of Glass (Norfolk), Philip Raskin (Glasgow) and Kat Baxter (Dundee).

The Fair aims to open art up to all and to make original art accessible, offering an opportunity for guests to buy a piece of original art to take home from as little as £50 up to £3000 and beyond.  To encourage children into art, there will be a kids’ art and crafts corner.  Attendees will have the chance to meet artists and gallery owners in person, hear the stories behind the artists and view and buy original art, as well as prints.

A opening Preview Evening will kick off the fair on Friday 24 May from 6-9pm (tickets £12 including weekend pass).   It will run over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 May from 10 – 5pm, with advanced tickets priced £5 (£6 on the door). Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite or from Dundee’s City Box office.