An Interview With Reading Contemporary Art Fair

I am really proud to be selected to show at Reading Contemporary Art Fair this year, and thrilled to be featured and interviewed by them. Here is an excerpt from the interview, with a link to the rest of it on their website.

Melanie Gow, with her Walking With Angels Collection at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2014

Before 1999 London had just one regular contemporary art fair, this year around 20 will be held in Britain, mostly in this capital. Roughly 90 will take place worldwide.

Fairs are a power shift in the art world. For good or ill, they are changing where you buy art, how you look at it, and even how artists make it. One of the pioneers of this revolution in the UK is the team behind Reading Contemporary Art Fair, who started out with the intent to provide unrepresented artists with a platform usually reserved for galleries with elite client lists.

Ten years later they run two sister events, Reading and Windsor Contemporary Art Fairs, and over 10,000 people walk through their doors annually to meet emerging artists, old favourites, and great galleries too. Their motto is, “real art for real people”.

That’s why I am really proud to be selected to show this year, and thrilled to be featured and interviewed by them. Here is an excerpt from the interview, with a link to the rest of it on their website.

An Interview By Reading Contemporary Art Fair


What is your background?

I am from Kenya, East Africa and have travelled with a camera and a pen ever since I got a passport age six. Studying Art, and Dramatic Art, I went into film-making initially; I was the first British woman director with a film released in cinemas, writing and directing a feature film that won the award for best woman director at the The Festróia Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tróia.

Then I had children and my eldest son was chronically ill. We changed his treatment and he recovered and I spent the next six years researching why our approach worked and my subsequent book, Toasters Don’t Roast Chickens: the story of an ordinary mum who challenged conventional medical thinking and transformed the health of her chronically-ill child, was published in 2008. Now the Writing and Photographic Art have become a way of life.

How would you describe the work you produce?

Moments, those moments that have a story, that hold a life at their heart. I work with digital images, sometimes they are straight photographs and sometimes I work within them to produce the story. Each one holds the meaning the moment held for me.

Who inspired you to be an artist?

My father taking pictures of our world, or of me, endlessly, and watching them develop in his darkroom temporarily erected in our bathroom made it so magical. He handed me his camera when I was six and I grew up seeing the world through a lens.

Also, my mother taught me to read before I went to school so words became a way of understanding the world. Inspiration was immediate; all our friends seemed to be the first generation of wildlife photographers working for the National Geographic. In terms of art produced by strangers there was not much opportunity to access any, but I had a terrible habit of sneaking into the movies every week from a very, very early age.

The interview goes on to ask:

What inspires you? How has the experience of being an artist most benefited you? What is the best surprise you have had from the experience? and other interesting questions … do pop over and read the RCAF interview here

I will be on Stand 81 with the Walking With Angels collection of course, showing with friend and fellow artist Becky Young

The Reading Contemporary Art Fair is the 26-27th of April 2014



With a private view on the Friday evening, I have invites to this is you would like one please just get in touch and I’ll get one to you.

I have 2 for 1 tickets to give away as well

Here is a great article by another friend and colleague, Cynthia Barlow-Marrs, A Guide to Owning Contemporary Art 





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