RENOWNED pencil artist Kelvin Okafor is among the artists who have donated work to be auctioned for charity at the forthcoming Chester Arts Fair.
Now in its second year, the fair will take place at Chester Racecourse from November 15-17 and is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors with its high calibre of exhibiting local, national and international artists and independent art galleries.
Among the artists will be Kerry Darlington, the number one best selling published artist in the UK in 2012, and Nick Elphick who was officially commissioned to sculpt the Queen and the Olympians.
Work by prolific artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Michael Bennett and Peter Hill also feature.
International guests will include talented German erotica artist Patricia Pastore and the award-winning Egyptian cinematographer Ramses Marzouk.
There will also be a programme of talks, artists, commissions and film projects, many of them interactive or performative, encouraging visitors to engage with art and artists directly.
A number of works will be sold in a VIP charity art auction on the opening evening in support of the charity Claire House Children’s Hospice, as well as Chester Arts Foundation, which supports art in local schools and colleges.
Event director Laura O’Hare said: “Chester Arts Fair 2013 is built on a wide range of corporate and public partnerships.
“We’re looking forward to working with these organisations to provide a fair that boasts an incredible and unrivalled selection of the best contemporary art and artists today and to play a key role in Chester’s current cultural renaissance.”
The fair will feature a wealth of paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics and original prints, and a range of children’s activities.
For tickets and further information, call 01244 893185 or visit www.chesterartsfair.co.uk