The Other Art Fair announces line up of special features


Come along to join in with the immersive events taking place

The Other Art Fair invites visitors to engage both body and mind as it announces the final line up of immersive special features for the fair’s return to Bristol on Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September. 

The Other Art Fair has revealed an interactive poetry feature, a politically charged VW-turned-linocut printing machine, a hand-poked tattoo experience and six films from Encounters film festival have been added to this year’s eclectic offering. 

These new features join emerging artists from across the UK in this revolutionary art fair, offering first time buyers the chance to mix with the artists themselves and experience the process of buying art in a more social atmosphere. 

For those brave enough, Sarah Lu of Needle and Chopstick will be at The Other Art Fair inking people live using the traditional hand-poked method. Hand poke tattoos go back to basics using ancient techniques to create an original and distinctive style. Alongside her own work, Sarah has designed bespoke tattoos inspired by fair artists that will be available only at The Other Art Fair. Visitors are invited to sign up to this exclusive opportunity via the Fair’s website and walk in tattoos will also be available on Sunday of the fair. 

Political print artist Aiden Saunders will be travelling to Bristol in his VW van entitled the ‘Print Wagon’. Exhibiting freshly made linocuts and prints, Saunders invites visitors to be involved in the experience and watch the process from start to finish as he aims to educate, inform and entertain with his art. Travelling the country since 2014, Saunders has been spreading messages of hope, love and fear, inspiring change and thought from the back of the Print Wagon. 

Voices of change are also to be found at the Encounters Film Festival ‘Best of British’ guest programme where six new filmmakers have been selected to exhibit their short films. ‘Best of British’ showcases raw emotion through the medium of film as we see the impact of crime and greed, the joy of creation, families separated and reunited and the fear of facing one’s demons. Six very different aspects of British life at its best and worst are on show to visitors at The Other Art Fair, provoking emotion, change and showcasing incredible filmmakers.

Bringing an interactive twist to poetry, the Cole sisters Bibi and Laurie have created ‘I, the Poet. You, the Poet’ – an immersive experience where visitors are invited to create their own poetry. Much like a game of consequences, visitors will call upon the previous entry to inspire their own imagery and written word. Bridging the gap between written, visual and physical languages, the participants’ work will then be shaped into a short film by the Cole sisters bringing together the entries throughout the three days. 

The new special features join the touring collaborative colouring board, the Cardboard Castle and the Guardian’s latest virtual reality experience, ‘First Impressions’ alongside the lineup of talented artists from Bristol and across the UK. The newly announced features add to a variety of disciplines on display at the fair, including photography, stencilling, painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and street art. The Other Art Fair lends itself well to first time art buyers, with such a range on display and prices starting from only £50. 

Fair Manager, Jessica Chow, commented: “Every year the fair brings unique and immersive experiences and features for an unexpected and memorable weekend. The Fair is not only about making first time buyers feel comfortable and confident in buying their first piece, but also to engage both the body and mind in an immersive experience.”

Tickets for The Other Art Fair are on sale now and can be purchased from Children under 16 are free to attend and tickets are available to be booked in advance at For up to date news and announcements, follow @TOAF_Bristol on Twitter and @theotherartfair on Instagram and Facebook.



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