6 December 2012


Summer Art Bazaar a wholehearted effort in promoting artists in the Hunter

Upon entering Summer Art Bazaar last Saturday 1 December, visitors were welcomed with a festive atmosphere charged with excitement & inspiration.

This year marked the tenth anniversary of Art Bazaar which was held in conjunction with Civic Park’s first Art in the Park, attended by Tim Owen. Both events were co-ordinated by non-profit Hunter Arts Network (HAN).

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This latest Art Bazaar has been touted by many as the biggest & best to date with a record 118 stalls, which involved 200 artists. “It was a perfect day on Saturday with so many beautiful Artisan stalls. It was great to see so many Artists painting and drawing the crowd, making the atmosphere that much more fun”, Leah Fawthrop, President of HAN. The effort put into the day paid off with very successful results, the supportive crowd packed out the park & saw a fantastic day of sales.

While labouring to promote artisans, Art Bazaar creates the ideal platform to educate the community to invest in locally produced high quality visual arts, craft & design: “All participants need to go through a formal application process assessed by a panel of Art Professionals in order to participate – this way HAN can guarantee a very high standard”, Leah Fawthrop, President of HAN.

Art Bazaar has developed a loyal following and allows Artisans to exhibit their work outside of a formal gallery. This year the premier art & design marketplace has grown & evolved to increase from only one per year: in July HAN & Moray and Agnew Lawyers announced their partnership arrangement to see the four seasonal Art Bazaars held across the Hunter flourish and grow.

The Art Bazaar dates for next year have all been locked in and the first Art Bazaar in 2013 will be held on Sunday 10 March on the grounds of Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery.

To stay up-to-date with Art Bazaar information please visit www.fb.com/artbazaarhunter