Our History - Chester Arts Fair

Our History

Our Journey

Established in 2012 by Laura O’Hare of Black Mango Art, The Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair is one of the UK’s most prestigious art fairs.

Based at the iconic Chester Racecourse, the fair has provided a platform for over eight-hundred exhibitors to develop their creative careers by enabling them to showcase and sell their work to buyers, publishers and art critics alike. The fair is growing year on year and is proud to have welcomed over forty-thousand visitors through its doors to date.

Since launching almost a decade ago, Chester Arts Fair has not only sold over £3,000,000 worth of investment and interior art to collectors and the general public but has showcased a number of pieces by industry heavyweights such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Marc Quinn.

In 2019 Chester Arts Fair returned to the racecourse for its eighth successive year. The team is excited for what the future holds and is proud to be bringing another high Calibre group of creatives to the city of Chester.


Gallery Partnerships

Chester Arts Fair would like to take this opportunity to thank The Belgravia Gallery London, The Drang Gallery and Micheal Grimes Fine Art who have collaborated with the team over the past seven years to secure several original artwork collections for visitors to both view and buy.

These collections have included the work of L.S. Lowry, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, HRH The Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela, Banksy, Sir Peter Blake, and Sir Anthony Gormley.


Media Coverage

Chester Arts Fair has been featured across regional, national and international media since its launch in 2012.

Coverage has included BBC News, ITV News, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The International New York Times, Artists & Illustrators Magazine, Cheshire Life Magazine and, The Cheshire Magazine. Most recent coverage can be found here.


Charitable Work

Over the past seven years, Chester Arts Fair has been honoured to have helped raise thousands of pounds for both local and national charities including Claire House, Variety – The Children’s Charity, The Countess Charity and The Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

Last year Chester Arts Fair was thrilled to have raised over £3,000 for The Countess Charity ‘Memory Lane Project’. Through the implementation of an interactive corridor, multi-functional day room, improved lighting system, enhanced ward decor, privacy pods, and a secure sensory garden, this particular project aims to enhance the environment on Ward 50 and Ward 51 that specialises in care for the elderly and those affected by dementia.

The team was proud to announce that Chester Arts Fair 2019 was supporting Cheshire-based children’s cancer charity The Joshua Tree. The Joshua Tree is dedicated to working closely with families affected by childhood cancers by providing family support services, one-to-one counselling sessions, personal fitness and nutrition guidance, sibling and educational support as well as art therapy sessions. Chester Arts Fair was honoured to be working with The Joshua Tree and were delighted to help raise funds for their invaluable art therapy unit.

City Gentlemen, LS Lowry

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