Art fair is a window for graduate's work
COLLAGE artist Martin Stubbington hopes to spread his wings in his debut art exhibition.
The 25-year-old illustrator from Sonning Common is exhibiting a range of images depicting animals and insects, including bats and owls at Reading Contemporary Art Fair from 10am-5pm today and tomorrow in Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue.
It is the Theatre Design graduate's first public exhibition, despite helping set up other shows for Reading-based art collective Jelly and helping artists display their work.
Martin, who uses newspaper and a range of other paper materials to create his colourful work said: "I am so used to helping other people so now it is a good opportunity to showcase my work."
More than 80 artists are billed for the extravaganza, now in its third year, which is one of the only shows of its kind operating for both independent artists and galleries.
There will be hundreds of paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures on sale, made by amateur and established creators and craftspeople, with pieces ranging from £40 to £400.
Entrepreuenur Sir John Madejski officially opened the show yesterday and this year's theme is Art For You, featuring a 'user friendly' format where visitors can chat with the artists and stroll past the stands to browse everything from traditional landscapes to vibrant abstracts.
Organiser Deborah James said: "Even if you haven't been to an art fair before we feel sure you'll love this way of choosing artwork for your home. It's incredibly easy and fun to browse, make your selection and take your piece home with you."
Market Place-based art collective Jelly is holding a series of Jubilee-themed art workshops over the weekend plus printing and drawing sessions. There will also be mini canvases on sale for £40 to raise money for the Prince's Trust.
The event is sponsored by the Chronicle, Printing.com and Vintage Roots.
Tickets, which are available at the door cost £6, with £4 concessions and children under 12 going for free.
See www.readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk for more details.