Covid or not to covid, that is the question
COVID-19 has changed everything so far this year, along with extremes in our reactions to it – shield and stay completely at home withdrawing from society or go with fate in continuing as near normal; both are understandable and I empathise with the fear of becoming ill, loosing someone close to you or feeling the need to keep going. Life has changed completely and is unlikely to go back to the pre-covid times of popping into the #Cafdgg hooching Private View or Golden Cup Cafe for a coffee and cake whilst visiting the busy arts fair at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall.
There have been no live events for our Artists so far, no teaching or lectures, no workshops or demonstration and no open houses. Their ability to meet with collectors and buyers face to face has dried up so I felt I could support our artists by putting on an online fair over the weekend of October 30th to November 1st when we would normally be doing our fab Arts Fair at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall so I set up a YouTube channel Discover Gather Give Arts Fair https://bit.ly/35QHRNh
The aim is for you to see the artists and their work, to be inspired in your present giving – for yourself or others – to get in contact with them directly to buy and to build an artistic relationship with them. Artists are real people and that relationship based on knowledge and trust is vital in keeping artists working and enhancing our lives with their beauty and time honed skills.
I put out the call and have been mesmerised by the videos the artists produced, some showing how they make their work, others talking and showing their finished pieces, a lecture, a slide show and speeded up double fast art in action – something for everyone to enjoy time and time again.
We finished up with setting out a premiere every 30 minutes from 9.15am to 7.15pm for three days, with over 85 hours of glorious art. A huge thank you to our artists for their time and effort in supporting Discover Gather Give Arts Fair in 2020, and here’s to a better 2021!
Webpage for Contemporary Arts Fair Discover Gather Give www.discovergathergive.co.uk
YouTube channel Discover Gather Give Fair https://bit.ly/35QHRNh