Chester Arts Fair, Chester, UK

I was the overall winner in the Visual Art Open Competition 2018. Subsequently, I was in the VAO 2018 finalists exhibition at the prestigious Chester Cathedral and at the Chester Arts Fair in November 2018. Part of my prize package included the opportunity to showcase my artwork in a solo exhibition at the Chester Arts Fair 2019. In addition, I was awarded a monetary award and a mentorship on career development. The photographs are from my experience at the Chester Art Fair, 2019. I presented an artist’s demonstration & talk on my hand-sewn human hair drawings.

Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair, a leading annual art event takes place in mid November at Chester Racecourse (Chester, UK).  An iconic setting, the Chester Arts Fair takes place in one of the cities most iconic locations — Chester Racecourse. It is located within the centre of the city. Since the art fair first opened in 2012, it has grown considerably. It now attracts over 100 UK & international artists exhibiting paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, glassware, digital art, ceramics and much more. Chester Arts Fair welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the weekend with a passion for art, from serious collectors to those investing in their first piece of original art.

Launched in 2016 by Black Mango Art, The Visual Art Open is a not-for-profit competition that offers both emerging and established artists the platform to advance their creative career, grow their presence in the industry and develop their passion for the arts.

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Author: rosemarymezadesplas

Farmington, NM-based Latina artist, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is known for exploring gender, sexuality, and identity issues through hand-sewn human hair drawings, watercolors and on-site drawing installations. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from The University of North Texas. Ms. Meza-DesPlas has been sewing with her own hair since 2000. Her decision to collect and sort hair to utilize as a vehicle for making art is informed by socio-cultural symbolism, feminism, body image, and religious symbolism. An article on her hand-sewn human hair drawings was featured in the Huffington Post Arts & Culture section in 2015. Meza-DesPlas’ most recent drawings incorporate her gray hair. In 2019, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas was featured in Santa Fe, NM’s the/magazine as “12 Artists in New Mexico to Know Now”. Ms. Meza-DesPlas parallels the themes in her artwork with the written word and spoken word performances. In 2018, she presented the academic paper Reclaiming the Tool of Anger: Year of the Angry Women at the 9th International Conference of the Image in Hong Kong. Ms. Meza-DesPlas’ recent spoken word performances were at the Feminist Art Conference, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada; Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM; ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL and the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO.

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