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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Affordable Art Fair

22nd - 25th of October
Battersea Park
The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is the place to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculpture, hotography and original prints – all priced between £50 and £3,000. With 120 carefully selected galleries from across the UK and Europe exhibiting there is contemporary art on show to suit every taste and budget.

The forthcoming Autumn Collection (22 – 25 October) in Battersea Park, London, marks AAF’s 10th anniversary.

When Will Ramsay set up the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on the fair is still a relaxed and fun way to browse a huge variety of art at one time.
AAF is a great place to spot fresh, new talent – look out for the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the front of the marquee which features our selection of this year’s fine art graduates. The Education Programme offers free activities suitable for all ages, including hands-on printmaking workshops, sculpture demonstrations, an open access drawing space and kids activity packs. And for those who prefer to listen The Contemporary Art Society are running a series of talks about collecting art.
Book your tickets now for fast track entry and to save £2.
Several VAS members will be exhibiting at this years Affordable Art Fair including ceramicists Craig Mitchell and Rebecca Wilson.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

ART WALK on West Port & Grassmarket

Friday 25 September - Sunday 4 October 2009

Venues: shops all along West Port and the Grassmarket including the Owl & Lion Gallery, The LOT and the soon to be opened ART ROCK HOSTEL (located at the old Salvation Army building in the Grassmarket near the Vennel stairwell).

Opening times: During normal business hours Monday to Sunday, hours at the Art Rock Hostel and the LOT posted on location (some shops closed on Sundays). Continuing from the success of last year’s inaugural Art Walk on West Port – where artworks are displayed in the windows of businesses along this popular shopping street – Lorna’s Art presents the second year of the project, now extended into shops in the Grassmarket.

In a unique and exciting community exhibition, over 30 shops will proudly display in their shop windows artworks by students and recent graduates from Edinburgh College of Art. An exhibition programme will be available from each participating business. The programme will include a map showing all the participating shop locations along with the name and contact information for the artist(s) on display. The exhibition has been curated and organized by Lorna Pirrie, Year 4 Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art. Lorna’s goal is to bring artwork to the public in unique way, one which benefits both the students and the local community. It also provides a first glimpse of the freshest work being produced by current students and graduates of Edinburgh College of Art.

Talking about the success of last year’s Art Walk on West Port, local businesswoman Susan Mcmanus, owner of Lily West florist on West Port says: ‘The Art Walk generated a lot of interest. We had people coming in to the shop for the first time, intrigued by the art work in the window. The project is a great idea to promote the work of Edinburgh College of Art students and the area’s local shops and amenities.’

For further press information and images please contact: Catherine Bromley, Press
Officer, Edinburgh College of Art, Tel 0131 221 6089 or 07843 626 042; Email

After a year of hard work the reputed flower painter has moved in to her new studio at Ladybank Station, Fife. Ladybank Station is an A-listed Victorian Station , still functioning on the Edinburgh/Dundee and Perth/Edinburgh lines. She has renovated these unused rooms on Platform 2 to become large bright studio rooms, full of character. Here she is making her beautiful flower paintings, running art workshops and holding occasional exhibitions.

Studio Launch Dates

Kirsty Lorenz invites you to the launch weekend of her new Artist Studio in the Old First Aid Rooms, Platform 2, Ladybank Station in the rural Howe of Fife. 11am to 4pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2009.
Meet the artist, view the space. Paintings, Prints and Light refreshments.
Ample parking in or around the station.

Other news

BBC Scotland will be interviewing Kirsty as the first artist in scotland to have a studio on a train station platform, to coincide with the launch of her studio.Perthshire Open StudiosKirsty is taking part in the Perthshire Open Studios at the Touchie Gallery along with Suzie Johnson.

Painting Classes

Submerge your creative self in an abundance of beautiful flowers, inspiring images and art materials and create your own flower portraits with the help of Kirsty's support and experience. The workshops offer the chance to learn from the reputed flower painter in her bright, unusual and inspiring studio in the 'Old First Aid Rooms' on Platform 2 of Ladybank Station in the rural Howe of Fife.