Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair 2008 & 2009


The Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair features an extensive range of unique paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, prints and glass. Visitors can enjoy a weekend of musical events, an art and food experience, print demonstrations and live street art, while there will also be expert advise from The Contemporary Art Society on buying and collecting art, a busy seminar programme and activities for children.

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Press Release


After the huge success of 2008, the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair will be revisiting The Sage Gateshead in 2009 from Thursday 1st October to Sunday 4th October.The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2008 sponsored by HSBC, will open on the evening of 11th September in The Sage Gateshead. The Art Fair is in its second year following the success of the first event which took place last year. The Art Fair showcases artwork from leading modern and contemporary art galleries from within the UK and abroad. 2008 will see an extension of our marketing far beyond 2007 creating a buy in across a much broader range of partners. In addition to this we will be targeting art collectors around the UK and developing the arts market in the region with a series of seminars and promotions on buying and collecting art. Attendees to the fair will comprise corporate collectors, art buyers from the region and beyond, to view and purchase works from the exhibiting galleries. We anticipate between 6,000 and 8,000 to attend the event. It is an opportunity for art dealers and galleries from the UK and abroad whose interests involve painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and limited edition prints to reach their target audience.

Duration 01 October 2009 - 04 October 2009
Times VIP Opening: 6-9pm 11-5pm
Cost Tickets cost £5, pre-purchased and will be available to purchase from the box office at The Sage
Venue The Sage Gateshead
Address Tyne and Wear Tyne and Wear NE1 4HZ, ,




WE ARE delighted to welcome you to the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2009 at The Sage Gateshead.

Now in its third year, the event is drawing international recognition with galleries exhibiting from as far away as Norway and the Czech Republic.

Artists and galleries will be gathering under one roof over four days to showcase the very best art on offer at affordable prices for visitors.

Whether you're a first-time buyer or a serious collector, the fair is set to appeal to all.

This year it has attracted more galleries than 2008 - showing how the event is well on its way to being on the international art fair map and one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the North East's arts calendar. Anthony Sargent, general director, The Sage Gateshead, said: "Alongside our focus on music, we're always very glad when we can host other kinds of events here and we're really looking forward to welcoming the art fair back after its runaway success last year." The event's sponsors include the Bupa Great North Run 2009, Gateshead Council, graphics company Chromazone and catalogue sponsor RMT. …


NewcastleGateshead Art Fair

The largest commercial Art Fair in North East England returns to The Sage Gateshead, 1st to 4th October 2009.

Now in its third year, the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair has an exciting range of Northern, National and International Galleries, selling unique artworks.

Art galleries from the UK and overseas are taking part in the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2009, to be held at its permanent home, The Sage Gateshead, one of the UK's most iconic, modern buildings.


Opening Times

Thursday 1st October 6pm-9pm*

Friday 2nd October 11am-6pm

Saturday 3rd October 11am-5pm

Sunday 4th October 11am-5pm

*VIP Open Evening - Invitation Only


The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Tyne and Wear


Exciting Artists - Extensive Artworks

An eclectic range of unique artworks - paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics and glass - will be on show and available to buy with price tags ranging from under £100 to the several £1000's.

Galleries from overseas and the UK are taking space, exhibiting a fascinating range of works sure to capture the imagination.

Emerging Artists Showcase

This year will see the return of the emerging artists showcase at the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair with unrepresented artists from the North East exhibiting. Acclaimed galleries Locus+, Vane, Globe and Northern Print, will be exhibiting their own artists at the fair, and were asked to select emerging artists that they believe have the potential to develop their careers in the arts.

Following the success of the 2008 emerging artist showcase, a dedicated meet and greet session will take place on Friday 2nd at 15.30 in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.

Visitors will get the chance to meet the emerging artists and their nominating galleries, giving a unique chance to receive advice guidance from artists and host galleries.


Buying art seminars and Live Print Demonstrations

A host of seminars will be held over the weekend on buying art, photography and Architectural Views, in addition to live print demonstrations from Northern Print. Further details and times will be available at the Art Fair.

Making it Easy

The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair is a must for all visitors, art lovers and collectors along with those interested in browsing for their first investment.

All the art shown will be available to buy. It is easy and affordable for everyone to purchase their desired work of art and a wrap and pack delivery service is available for all new additions to your art collection.



Exhibiting in 2009

We have the pleasure of presenting the latest information regarding the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2009.

We are glad to report that after all our behind the scenes work we have gained a huge partner buy-in this year, including The Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, One NorthEast, Arts Council of England, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, and regional media partners Newcastle Chronicle and Journal (who also publish the Culture Magazine and Exclusive Magazine) from whom we will receive constant media coverage. We have received huge support from Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council, and are in the midst of finalising national gallery media support. This will be backed by a full marketing campaign which is being managed by our specialist PR and Marketing agency Mitchellhaltonwatson with Director Wayne Halton personally overseeing the work.

Emerging artists.

This year sees the return of the emerging artists showcase with 15 unrepresented artists from the North East, nominated by the regions leading non-profit galleries, exhibiting their work in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall to view and buy.

Exhibiting alongside their nominated artists are four critically engaged galleries, Vane, Globe Gallery, Locus + and Northern Print.

The showcase provides an excellent opportunity to spot fresh talent in the arts world and catch these up and coming artists at an early stage in their career.

The Sage Gateshead, for those not familiar with it, is a world class venue designed by Sir Norman Foster and home to the Northern Symphonia. Once again we have secured a unique opportunity to use this venue for the Art Fair enabling us to help build the event into one of the major Arts events in the North East. The venue itself has a huge north facing glass canopy with 4 sets of stairs, 4 lifts and open balcony style aspects for both levels with stunning views across the quayside creating a truly spectacular setting for the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair.

We have had great interest from exhibitors in 2009, all but a few of the concourse level stands have been taken but for all availability please ring Vincent or Andy. Do feel free to talk over any questions, queries you may have and clarify the costs of your preferred stands. Stands start from just £875 for 5 linear metres on level 1. Making this a great Fair to promote and sell work for your gallery in a market we and our partners are rapidly developing.

The exhibition will bring together 45-50 art dealers and galleries under one world-renowned roof at The Sage Gateshead! It is an opportunity to present work on:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Prints
  • Video
  • Audio and installation work

Why exhibit?

  • Expose your company to many high calibre potential clients
  • Raise/maintain your company profile
  • Generate more sales
  • Market, sell and launch your work
  • Develop/maintain brand awareness
  • Meet your competitors and benchmark your business

We are glad to report that after all our behind the scenes work we have gained even more support for 2009, this includes:

The Sage Gateshead, HSBC, The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, The Bupa Great North Run, Arts Council England, North East and Gateshead MBC. Now regarded as one the best supported fairs outside London.

Exhibitor feedback 2008

  • All exhibitors rated the venue, location and organisation as excellent or very good. Marketing and atmosphere were rated between excellent and good, and the visitor quality and number varied from excellent to moderate with the majority saying very good.
  • Most exhibitors exceeded sales expectations, and follow up sales and contacts, with a huge 89% feeling they got value for their investment.

All exhibitors gave feedback that they would like to exhibit again in 2009.


A high profile event such as this will follow an extensive marketing programme, incorporating a mix of website, advertising, direct mail and PR, being managed by our specialist PR and Marketing agency Mitchellhaltonwatson with Director Wayne Halton personally overseeing the work. NewcastleGateshead Initiative will be heavily involved in the marketing process.

Last year an estimated £98,000 was spent on advertising, which featured the exhibiting galleries and the work, which they were showing. This resulted in the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair and gallery information reaching an estimated total of 5 million people.

Press & Marketing

We hope to continue relationships with specialist and national publications to assist the promotion of the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair.

In 2009, the high profile event followed an extensive marketing programme incorporating a mix of PR with many marketing partners including The Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Arts for Business, Arts Council North East, ONE North East, Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, and media partners the Newcastle Chronicle & Journal (NCJ Media) and Art of England.

The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair also hopes to continue working alongside NCJ Media. Along with its main daily papers, NCJ Media has numerous publications including the monthly 'Culture' magazine and Exclusive. Art of England is one of the widest read magazines for galleries and art buyers and sold in leading newsagents across England.

Every year literature distribution will see the circulation of 120,000 promotional leaflets covering Manchester, Yorkshire, the North East, Scottish Boarders and Edinburgh, hitting local and tourist hotspots along with information centres and places of high population.

This works alongside our own extensive e-marketing, advertising, direct mail, posters, banners and online promotions.



11th to 14th September 2008
The Sage Gateshead

About Us

Andy Balman started in events and moved into the Arts setting up and running the Biscuit Factory, Europes biggest commercial art gallery based in Newcastle. Andy has now decided to move from the Biscuit Factory to spend more time on developing the Art Fair into an internationally recognised event and present a platform for leading galleries and artists to profile themselves in NewcastleGateshead.

Vincent Woods started within the arts industry having studied fine art and moved into event management setting up Benchmark Communications which are now the leading event management company in the North East. He worked on large corporate events producing and directing both live events and video productions for many blue chip companies including Proctor & Gamble, Nissan, Sage, Thorn, Nike, and Ever-ready. His work for the national online retailer MoonAtMidnight featured a campaign entitled "Batman never wears a Batman t shirt" that won several marketing awards for the offbeat presentation of Batman apparel including hoodies, sweatshirts and the now famous Batman t shirts. When asked about the viral success of this campaign, Vincent commented, "It's obvious we tapped into a huge fan base that we suspected existed, but until we put this out there, we had no idea of the intensity of the love for Batman. Sales of Batman t shirts, and all the apparel items bearing the Dark Knight took off. Social media then picked up on the idea that Batman never wears a Batman t shirt and a large number of spin off memes got created by others. I can't really take the credit for this amazing following that Batman has, but we definitely proved it's really a monster!"


Tickets are valid for any day, from Friday through to Sunday!

Tickets are £5 each, when pre-booked via or The Sage Gateshead Box office.
Alternatively tickets can be purchased at the door on the day for £6.

When purchasing tickets online from Thursday 11th September,
Please ensure you print your confirmation of payment, and bring
it to the Art Fair as tickets will no longer be sent to your address.

Affordable Today... Priceless Tomorrow

NewcastleGateshead Art Fair

The largest commercial Art Fair in North East England returns to The Sage Gateshead, 11th to 14th September 2008.

Art galleries from the UK and overseas are taking part in the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2008 - sponsored by HSBC – to be held at one of the UK’s most iconic, modern buildings.

Buying and collecting art seminars

A series of talks on buying art and building a collection will be held. Organisers are working closely with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to create a series of workshops leading up to the Fair entitled ‘SMART ARTS: A guide to art fairs’.

Contact the BALTIC for more details:

100s of artists - 1000s of artworks

An extensive range of unique art works – paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics and glass – will be on show and available to buy with price tags ranging from under £100 to the several £1000’s.

Galleries from overseas and the UK are taking space, exhibiting an eclectic range of works.

© Francoise Nielly

Emerging artists showcase

A further new initiative for this year is the Emerging Artist Section, supported by Arts Council England. Up to 15 unrepresented artists from the North East will be exhibited to view and buy - selected by a range of respected curators including Northern Galleries of Contemporary Art, Vane, The Laing Gallery and Northern Print.

This will be a great opportunity to catch these up and coming artists at an early stage of their career.

Northern Print will be holding demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend.

The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair will be a must for all visitors, art lovers and collectors along with those interested in browsing for their first investment.

Own art to take home

The Own Art scheme is designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy contemporary works of art and craft including paintings, photography, sculpture, glassware and furniture.

Making art affordable today...

Wrapping and delivery

A wrap-pack-delivery service will be available throughout the fair for all new additions to your art collection


Travelling to NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2008

By Bus & Metro

The closest metro and bus concourse is Gateshead Interchange. The Sage Gateshead is within a 10 minute walk. Alternatively Quaylink bus 1 leaves frequently from Gateshead Interchange and takes 8 minutes to arrive at The Sage Gateshead.

The bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves The Sage Gateshead. The Quaylink Service 1 (Q1) starts from both Newcastle Central Station and Gateshead Interchange. It takes 10 minutes from Central Station to The Sage Gateshead; the last return bus leaves The Sage Gateshead at 11.59pm. It takes 4 minutes from Gateshead Interchange, with the last return service leaving The Sage Gateshead at 12.28am.


By Car

The Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Quays is sign posted from all directions.

There is a drop-off and collection point at the west door of The Sage Gateshead.

The Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. If you arrive and depart within 30 minutes, there is no charge. From 06.00-17.00 charges are 90p per hour, paid for on exit only. From 5pm there is a pre-pay discounted rate available at a fixed charge of £2.70 for the whole evening.

Further car parking is available within two to fifteen minutes walking distance from The Sage Gateshead, in Gateshead and Newcastle centres. Please click here (link to location map) to view nearby car parks on a map. Car parking charges will apply. Most car parks charge approximately £0.80 per hour.

By Bicycle

The venue is adjascent to many cycle routes. Cycle racks are available adjacent to the building.

By Taxi

There is a taxi rank at the west entrance of The Sage Gateshead, NewcastleGateshead Art Fair can be reached in ten minutes by taxi from Central Station.





"The inaugural year of the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair proved a huge success, attracting thousands of visitors to Gateshead Quays. It is thanks to events such as this that the international profile of NewcastleGateshead as a destination for world-class art & culture continues to grow.

"The iconic Sage Gateshead, which has attracted high profile events ranging from Party conferences to world music festivals to major retail events, will provide a spectacular venue. Gateshead looks forward to welcoming the Art Fair in 2008 and I have no doubt that it will continue to go from strength to strength."

Jane Robinson (Assistant Chief Executive)
Gateshead Council

"I am delighted to offer the backing of the City Council to the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair. The 2007 event seemed to be a real success and I'm sure an Art Fair on Tyneside will grow and grow as the market develops.

"As you know the Council is keen to ensure that events of national impact take place in our area, and working through Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, will support such events through a range of means."

Paul Rubinstein (Director of Policy/Assistant Chief Executive)
Newcastle Council

"BALTIC is pleased to be working with the organisers of the Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair to build on the success of its inaugural Fair in May 2007. We are developing a series of seminars and talks around our Collectors Series and aim to co-ordinate a range of activities over the period of the Fair. There is a natural synergy between the Fair and BALTIC’s Collectors Series and we hope that by working together both projects will go from strength to strength."

Claire Byers (Director of Communications)
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art


"I was delighted with my own particular purchases this year [2007]! It's also a terrific way of picking the brains of the experts, and finding out about new and upcoming talent. It brought lots of people into the region, and I'd love to see it grow and prosper."

Wendy Gibson (BBC TV Presenter )

"A number of HSBC’s staff, customers and guests bought work, some for the first time, and some to add to existing or growing collections; we’ve had many enquiries as to when the next Fair will take place. The organisers generated genuine interest from visitors who have shown great enthusiasm to build their knowledge of, and collections of art

"Planning the 2008 event at the permanent location of The Sage Gateshead I have no doubt that the Fair will build on the high profile of 2007 and develop the art buying market this year and beyond."

Allan Wilkinson (Regional Commercial Director North)


NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2008
1st Floor - 14 Blandford Square - Newcastle upon Tyne - NE1 4HZ
Tel:+44 (0)191 241 4523 - Fax:+44 (0)191 245 380