CONTEMPORARY ART at an historic venue creating a very special vibe. How often do you get the chance to admire and have the opportunity to buy street art in a gothic church? The Rotterdam International Art Fair (RIAF) is just like its first edition two years ago taking place at the magnificent Laurenskerk. At the event is a strict-selection of well-known and emerging exhibitors attending in person. The RIAF is in fact one of the few art fairs where in many cases direct contact is between buyer and artist. That makes a purchase not only very personal, it also ensures that the work can often be purchased commission-free . With more than 150 exhibitors from 30 countries, it is a unique opportunity to buy art and investing in contemporary works.

Global Art
At the Rotterdam International Art Fair every art lover will be satisfied. According to Natal Vallvé and Joëlle Dinnage, directors of organiser Global Art Agency, there is an interesting mix of artists. Vallvé, "the artists who exhibit their work during the RIAF, transcend the contemporary art world because of their technique, originality and personality. They have something to say and are characterised by their own style. In addition, they are the representative of their culture, which ensures that the fair gives a beautiful picture of contemporary art from around the world. We believe that with this selection of renowned artists offer an interesting palette of contemporary art."

Sounding Names
A total of 150 exhibitors from 35 represented in 'de Laurenskerk'. A number of international - sounding namesSINTEZ, Emanuel Vasco Nunes, Mimi Revencu, Michelle Follett, August Vilella (winner of the Independent Art Fair ), Michael Iam, Miabo Enyadik, Urska Kosir and Thomas Dowdeswell. London Invogue Art Gallery shows works by Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Pure Evil and Shepard Fairey. In addition, there are numerous internationally successful Dutch artists present as Katrien of Hettema, Tiny Kanters, Loes van Delft, Henk Veen, Frank Imschoot, Caroline van der Weide and Ike Smitskamp. Also coming talent get the chance to exhibit. A total of more than 3,000 works on display for sale.

Classical vs Contemporary
The impressive St. Lawrence Church (De Laurenskerk) is a particular background for contemporary art to be exhibited during RIAF. Director Joëlle Dinnage:"the Laurens Church is a beautiful place and a work of art in itself. In this way, the art fair more fun to visit, the atmosphere is great. That combined with the selection of art is sublime. A much better location, we could not have wished." Also Frank Migchielsen, Director of the Laurens Church, is delighted with the cultural event. "Modern art in a medieval church with sparkling chandeliers is an exciting combination, even more than I expected. During the previous edition, we were all very proud of the 200 exhibitors from over 34 countries here exhibited at the Art Fair. We therefore have no doubt that it will once again be a great success!"

Global Art Agency
The organisation behind the Rotterdam International Art Fair is Global Art Agency, an international company that organises unique art fairs since 2010 in cities such as Barcelona, Tokyo, Miami, Amsterdam, Vienna and Oxford. The special touch of these events is that there is direct contact between the artist and the potential buyer, which often can purchase commission-free work. This is unique in the art world. The fact that they manage to have so many known artists names on one fair presence to be is according to the directors of Global Art Agency Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallvé thanks to a good reputation, having received over 300 success stories to date from visitors, exhibitors and press, applauding the organisation for their achievements.

In addition to the fair itself the Rotterdam International Art Fair has a program just for the visitors. On Friday 9th September is the VIP Preview during an exclusive evening where visitors will be enjoying a glass of Catalan Cave and can meet the artists and other like-minded art lovers. Saturday 10th September, the exhibition is free of charge and there will be painted live. Also on this day you will find an Art Show and the Global Art Awards Ceremony, during which the favourite artists of the Rotterdam International Art Fair will be rewarded by a jury.

Other information Rotterdam International Art Fair

Date: September 9 VIP Preview: 18:00 – 21:00. Tickets €10.
September 10: 11:00 – 18:00. Admission free.