Henley Festival is delighted to unveil this year’s stunning visual arts programme featuring the internationally celebrated sculptor David Harber, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2022 winner Morag Caister, and the last artist commissioned to sculpt Elizabeth II and the first to sculpt a bust of King Charles III, Keziah Burt.
Henley Festival’s reputation for pioneering festival art displays continues with a celebration of fine art, ceramics, sculptures, photography, prints, paintings and light installations – all forming part of five unmissable summer nights packed full of world-class music, comedy, dining, dancing, fireworks and magical moments. From Wednesday 5 July to Sunday 9 July, the green banks of the riverside in Henley-on-Thames will be adorned with a breath-taking array of outdoor art installations and pop-up Festival galleries showcasing pieces by some of the UK’s most renowned creators, as well as the next generation of talent taking part in the Festival’s charitable initiative RISE.
Henley Festival’s Ruby Gallery is set to host extraordinary displays from Whitstable’s Tommy Gurr, whose trademark stencil murals can be found from Camden to Cambodia, alongside artist, surfer and traveller Nina Brooke, who will be bringing her jewel-like paintings that capture unique aerial perspectives of the world’s most picturesque seas, beaches and shorelines. The Festival welcomes Haut de Gamme, an international platform for the original artwork, prints, and installations by Alexander Hall – who aged just 22 was commissioned by Peter Jones CBE to create all of the artwork for his international offices, and has since gone on to become one of the world’s most recognised multimedia artists – as well as emerging British figurative sculptor Keziah Burt, who will be live sculpting portraits every evening, creating a standout experience for festival goers to watch an artist create something beautiful before their eyes.
The Ruby Gallery will also feature curated collections from: Air Contemporary, the renowned online gallery founded by Maria Morrow; a portfolio of realism, abstract, pop, and urban art, photography, sculpture, and installations from Turner Art Perspective; leading West End gallery Panter & Hall returns to the riverside to exhibit a selection of their leading contemporary artists including Mark Demsteader, Simon Laurie, Esther Erlich and Edward Seago; Henley-based print publisher, Hypergallery, will celebrate sleeve design and album cover art with their much-loved limited edition prints.
Meanwhile, The Festival Gallery will feature Marlow’s NOVA, showcasing some of their favourite internationally acclaimed artists and rising stars in the contemporary art scene as well as unveiling exclusive Ministry of Sound artworks by the distinguished painter Linda Charles; and a roster of modern masters and new emerging talent courtesy of The Drang Gallery.