There are a multitude of reasons to visit the Bloomsbury Art Fair (July 6-8 at Goodenough College), but here are just four. Last year’s inaugural event set a wonderful precedent; the works on sale range widely in price (£50-£25,000), but not in quality; all the fair’s profits – including those from its Midsummer Party on July 5 – go to three charities that support people who’ve suffered life-changing injuries (Motivation, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust and Walking with the Wounded); and this year, visitors can meet Paul, Patrick Tresset’s one-armed robot, who will create on-the-spot – usually signed – portraits (examples in third picture), and whose appearances at other art events have always been highlights.
But Paul isn’t the biggest name showing off his work here – after all, Damien Hirst and Banksy are both exhibiting. There are so many other interesting artworks on the bill, however, that it is unfair to cherry-pick, but do look out for beautiful work by the inspiring Sophie Morgan (who also takes part in one of the fair’s ArtInsight panel discussions, entitled “What is Beauty?”, on July 7 and has a severe spinal injury herself); cool street art from Portobello Road’s Graffik Gallery; Olympic- and Paralympic-themed sculptures from Art At The Edge, including John Buckley’s Blade Runner (second picture); and stunning photographs by David Constantine (Pokhara, Nepal in first picture).
There will also be live music and demonstrations of painting, sculpture and street art – plus, if you can haul them away from the robot, there’s a creative area for children in the courtyard garden.