Topic: It's Art Fair Time Again

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Last week Creative Tauranga's Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell sent me some information about Art Fair 2013.

I have an extra special interest in Art Fair because I first pitched the idea to Creative Tauranga in 2010 and also coordinated the inaugural event which was staged on the 19th March 2011.

Feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive and an enjoyable day was had by all.

Eighty-six artists set up art spaces for a day and turned Red Square, parts of Willow and Wharf Street into a bustling art market. Another 20 artists displayed their work in shop windows making this one of Tauranga’s largest visual arts events.

Mischelle O'Donnell - Wharf Street - Tauranga Art Fair 2011. (Photo by Tracy Hardy).

Art Fair 2011 gave a much needed boost to an otherwise sleepy Saturday in downtown Tauranga and good trade was done by cafes and bars.

Many of the artists did well and most importantly so did the buyers who took home art treasures they will enjoy for many years to come.

I also noted that artists traded art with one another which was great to see and added to the overall success of the day for me personally.

Part of the overall vision was that Art Fair would become a permanent part of Tauranga's art scene and could be held biennially.

I will be very interested to see how Art Fair 2013 works out. 

Here is the information provided by Tracey relating to Art Fair 2013:

The Tauranga Art Fair is back!! 

The inaugural event staged in March 2011 was a huge success with just under 90 stallholders flowing through Willow Street Tauranga with their arts and crafts for sale – ably assisted by some fantastic street performers for full effect. 

After viewing some fantastic art fairs in Melbourne last year, this year Creative Tauranga and Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club will stage this event undercover at the Durham Street carpark building – no weather worries will be well received by organisers and stallholders! 

Art Fair 2013 will take place in a new location.

All sites are two carparks in width and make for an easy set up and display area. 

Entertainment will be featured amongst the many talents of our local arts scene and there will be some great opportunities to pick up some local art at very affordable prices. 

To register as a stallholder for the event please contact Creative Tauranga at, phone 07 928 5270 or pop in to our offices on the corner of Wharf and Willow Streets, Tauranga. 

Everyone is welcome – we are hoping that the success of this event will mean that the Art Fair can become a regular feature on the arts calendar for the city.

by Pete Morris (February, 2013).

Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover. He is a freelance writer with a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

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