York River Art Market is returning for its third consecutive year to Dame Judi Dench Walk this summer. Now a much-loved feature on York’s arts calendar for artists and visitors alike, this lively, family-friendly market keeps going from strength-to-strength without sacrificing the key principle on which it was founded: that art should be accessible, and should benefit the community. The success of this was reflected last year when founder Charlotte Dawson took home the York Culture Award for Best Community Project or Event in 2017. This year will build on that with several pitches having been donated to local charities, and many new and emerging artists benefiting from Charlotte’s determination to keep participation affordable for all.
Over the coming weeks we will be running a weekly column to introduce you, and no doubt whet your appetite, to some of the incredible artists exhibiting at the event.
The success [of the river art market] of this was reflected last year when founder Charlotte Dawson took home the York Culture Award for Best Community Project or Event in 2017
This week painter Kerry Fox will be sharing a pitch with her son, Alfie. Kerry left her work as an artist and teacher when Alfie, who has cerebral palsy and related disabilities, was born, focussing her energy on his care, and getting involved in the politics that surround the provision of support for people with disabilities and their families. Over those years she lost none of her talent, and has successfully built her reputation as an accomplished artist since picking up the brush again two years ago. Her work often presents a striking mix of abstract and fine realism, which reflects her passion for campaigning for change and accessible special educational needs and disability services for families.
Alfie Fox is very much a product of his upbringing in the best possible way, and at eighteen years old, he is one of the youngest artists at York River Art Market this year. Alfie puts his creative talent to work through filmmaking and photography, and uses these mediums to explore and campaign for the issues that affect him and his friends. Last year Alfie was a finalist in the Spirit of Youth Community Awards, and presented two independent films as part of York Disability Pride, and he continues to push forward as he is currently one of fifteen young people in the UK being mentored by Scope as part of their Campaign for Change. His photography features staged symbolism, natural effects, and digital enhancement to examine his subject, namely accessibility issues.
Simon Cooper is the talent behind Cooperillo Illustrations, and a veteran artist of York River Art Market. As an illustrator, his CV boasts a few impressive clients, including NME, and now he’s turned his talents to his own original design prints. His bright and cheerful images draw on popular culture, particularly his love of music and film, and are full of humour and fun. He is one of an increasing number of artists who are bridging the gap between traditional disciplines and modern technology, using both conventional and digital drawing skills to create designs such as his axe-wielding vikings, and overly-pampered pets. This year Simon will also have some limited edition prints of original art from his NME days, giving visitors a great opportunity to snag a bit of music memorabilia.
So this Saturday (July 7), get your sun cream on and head down to Dame Judy Dench Walk to see and hopefully buy some incredible, affordable art. The first of many to come over the summer months.York River Art Market Facebook Page