The first free ‘Hunter Valley Art Fair’ will held on the October long weekend at the vineyards.

Created by two emerging local artists from the little town of Branxton on the doorstep of the gorgeous Hunter Valley Vineyards.

Intended as an annual three day event, the festival hopes to give artists and makers from across the Hunter Region a unique forum to showcase and sell their work, direct to the public and commission free.

Unlike the usual markets we are used to enjoying around Newcastle and the valley, this event offers indoor spaces, alongside the more traditional outdoor market stalls.

It therefore will attract many talented artists who might only be seen hanging in galleries.

After recognising the popularity of ‘Art Fairs’ abroad and in some of Australia’s larger cities, Kim Lundy and Suellyn Connolly teamed up to offer Hunter region artists a unique opportunity for showcasing and selling their work.

They are also encouraging artists and makers to paint and create at their stalls where possible. Such live demonstrations give a ‘behind the scenes’ view of processes which would usually be sequestered to exclusive studio visits.

The arts scene in Newcastle and the Hunter is booming,” said Ms Connolly.

I feel like there’s never been a better time for this type of event, providing access for the public directly to fine arts, with the ability to meet these talented artists and makers in person and take home a truly special piece.

In the current trying times, when people cannot travel very far, art provides the perfect escape!”

This collection of fine arts and handmade wares hopes to allure the throngs of long weekend vineyard tourists and locals alike off McDonald’s road and into the centrally located Pokolbin Hall for a closer look and experience this one-of-a-kind event for the region.

Hunter Valley Art Fair dates

FREE ENTRY

• Saturday 3rd October, 10am – 6pm
• Sunday 4th October, 10am – 6pm
• Monday 5th October, 10am – 3pm

Location

Pokolbin Community Hall, 128 McDonald’s Road Pokolbin NSW 2335 (Opposite Ben Ean / Lindeman’s)

COVID-safe event

The priority for any kind of event during the current pandemic is the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors. The artist duo behind the art fair have ensured the fair is designed to meet with the current NSW government COVID restrictions, health standards and protocols and have implemented additional staffing and other practical measures to ensure the safety of everyone attending. Extended operating hours ensure that if there is a line up to enter the event, due to restricted numbers, you’ve got time to come back later.