Liverpool Art Fair Creates “People’s Choice Award” Dedicated to Former Gallery Owner, Billy Wilson

Visitors to Liverpool Art Fair at the Pier Head Village will be deciding which lucky artist from this year’s exhibition will win £250 worth of vouchers to spend in Liverpool art shop, CASS Art, thanks to Liverpool Art Fair’s brand new ” Billy Wilson People’s Choice Award”.
Former owner of The Gallery Liverpool on Stanhope Street, Billy sadly died last year, with Liverpool Art Fair deciding to set up the award in his honour for 2017. To pick who you think should win, all you need to do is choose your favourite piece of artwork currently on display at the Art Fair, write down the name of the artist and pop your slip into the post box, currently inside the gallery.

Founder of Liverpool Art Fair, Lucy Byrne, said: “Billy Wilson was an incredibly enthusiastic supporter of the Liverpool Art Fair when he was alive and it feels fitting that the People’s Choice Award has been named in his honour. There is so much artwork on show at the Art Fair this year and it’ll be interesting to see which artist’s work gains the most recognition.” “We’ve had both art aficionados and art newbies through our doors this summer, so hopefully we will have plenty of votes for the People’s Choice Award this year!”

Martin O’Shea, managing director for Pier Head Village commented: “Liverpool Art Fair has been a real success at the Pier Head Village and it’s great to see people who are new to art popping in and loving what is on display. I urge as many people as possible to come down to the Liverpool Art Fair and get involved in this fantastic competition.” 

Liverpool Art Fair has also partnered with The Liverpool Local Pound, the local currency which celebrates all things independent in the city and gives customers the chance to get 10% off a product every time they purchase. During the bank holiday weekend, the Art Fair will be showcasing the winners of their recent Crafted in Liverpool competition, which gave local artists and designers the chance to have their work used by Liverpool Local Pound and showcased across the city.

Lucy added: “Liverpool Art Fair is all about showcasing the region’s best art, in an area that is jam-packed with local stalls, markets and traders. We’re an extremely affordable Art Fair and with deep roots in the community, we felt that it was only right to sign up to the Liverpool Pound. “It is so great to be an independent firm in Liverpool and with art work starting at just £20, the Liverpool Pound should give customers the opportunity to enjoy our art at a very affordable price, at the same time helping the local economy thrive.” 

Voting in the People’s Choice Award will close on August 22, with the winner to be announced during the August Bank Holiday. Open seven days a week until September 10, noon-7pm, the FREE to enter Art Fair is home to an amazing selection of paintings, prints and sculptures by over 100 local artists. Find Liverpool Art Fair at the South end of Pier Head Village, close to Mann Island.

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