Monday, 3 October 2011

The Goodwood Revival 2011: An Artist-vendor’s View

This year, my good friend Belgian artist Nicolas Cancelier and I decided to take the plunge and show our art together at the 2011 Goodwood Revival.

Me and my good friend Belgian artist Nicolas Cancelier
© Dirk de Jager 2011

I have to say that it was an experience I won’t soon forget.

Here, we are joined by fellow artist Anna-Louise Felstead.

Dirk (centre), a friend, and I help chop down a small forest of Chimay.
The traffic in our booth’s alleyway was less than we anticipated, and I think it hurt all our neighbour vendors too.

Even with this fact, we had a good enthusiastic public, some of them even seeming shocked at the idea that two artist friends could show their art together, and that there could be such a large variety of artwork.

We also had drop-ins by Facebook friends, like David Anthony Betts, photographer/journalist Dirk de Jager and videographer/photographer Ralph Colmar, along with fellow artists Anna-Louise Felstead, Debra Wenlock, and Richard Wheatland. Due to a little creative marketing on our part, we also had a few celebrities drop by. I can safely say that the days weren’t boring.

Tiff Needell, Arturo Merzario and Paul Lovett all benefitted from our little limited edition gifts.
As exhibiting artists, we didn’t have much time to really take in any of the event and activities, but it was exciting non-the-less.

At the end of the day, we became regulars at the Bell Inn in Chichester. It’s a wonderfully friendly laid-back place with great food — the perfect escape after our 13-hour days!


Leigh O'Gorman said...

Excellent stuff Paul. Absolute shame I couldn't make it across in the end - I would have loved to have been there. said...

Thanks, Leigh.
I was very much looking forward to meeting you in person ... the beer was waiting!
Next year, perhaps?

Leigh O'Gorman said...

Absolutely Paul

Murray Dewhurst said...

Fantastic post! It has been a dream of mine to go there since I first read about the Festival of Speed in the 90's - I'll get there at some stage!