tokyo art fair 2015

Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 Success - The Review


ALMOST 6000 art lovers eager to snap up an original piece of contemporary work filed through the doors of Harajuku Quest Hall over the weekend (Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd May 2015) as the city of Tokyo hosted the first Tokyo International Art Fair by the Global Art Agency Ltd.

The venue was packed with over 150 artists and galleries from some 30 countries around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall.


Great contacts were made, artworks were sold, Geisha’s served glasses of Champagne, and visitors were astoundingly admiring the live painting performance by Christine Walters who prepared herself immensely to put on an amazing show. Christine was certainly dressed to impress and gathered a large crowd around her watching the show. With much concentration Christine was splashing paint gracefully onto the canvas with movements almost synchronically to the cool tunes by DJ Guy Perryman. The result: Two vibrant and colourful paintings that she kindly donated to charity raising money for the Nepal charity ‘Save Blessing Child Home’ orphanage in Kathmandu.


Big names attended the art fair from the management of Chanel to the President of Cadillac, from the PR ladies of Google+ to the contacts of the Japan Times, and numerous of other important VIP guests, who applauded the organisers for the high standard of quality artworks that were on show. And apart from many art sales also the CAE Art Book ‘Contemporary Art of Excellence - Investable art 2015’ another incentive of the GAA to promote the arts - completely sold out!

Organisers of the fair, Joelle Dinnage and business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city’s reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from exhibitors and visitors alike.

Joelle Dinnage art fair organiser said; “We are very proud and happy how it all went.” She continued; “To organise the very first Tokyo International Art Fair with such a buzzing concept that was greatly promoted amongst valuable contacts who visited the event and were hugely impressed. We are glad that many sales were processed and that a lot of opportunities have arisen and new exciting connections have been made, we are positive for the after-sales also, and looking forward to the second edition.” 

Satoshi Maruhashi also part of the GAA organisation added: “It was a tough road, but a very exciting happening, and the outcome has been amazing - this is only the start, we have a great future ahead in Asia.”

“Most importantly” Natal added; “The exhibitors had a successful show, selling works, making commissions and simply making connections, which is what the essence of the event is all about. We want to connect exhibitors with people who appreciate art, whether they’re expert collectors or just starting out, and we’re happy to have made very good progress this time around all the way in Asia where things are different, yet extremely interesting.”

Souren Mousavi, exhibitor at the Tokyo International Art Fair said: ”I loved Japan. I loved Tokyo and I loved the GAA Tokyo International Art Fair in Harajuku. This was my first exhibition in the Far East and Tokyo was a great choice. GAA were very professional as usual with organising and promoting the event.  So many visitors, so many buyers and so many art lovers. There was no time to rest on either day and I had loads of compliments. Moreover I sold prints and designer clothing, and have since received several enquiries about exhibiting some of my new works elsewhere in Japan. Looking forward to their next event in Amsterdam. I’ve tried the rest and they’re the best! I really thank them” 

Joanna Blair added; ”I sold 3 within the first hour of the opening night!!! Very exciting.”

And for Dawn aka ‘Sunrise Welward Art', who travelled from Okinawa to Tokyo to participate in the International Art Fair it was also a great success. She said; “It was very well organised in a great venue. Selling my paintings was a highlight for me and a real confidence boost. I've also received after-sale queries from galleries and potential clients.”

The Global Art Awards Ceremony also took place at the event announcing the best exhibitors of the art fair. The first prize went to ‘New York Art Gallery’ and their artists Shane Bowden and Mr Brainwash who stole the show with their urban artworks. The second prize went to Krystal & Glam Gallery from Japan, and the third prize went to Chi Hang Wong from Hong Kong. And the Facebook competition of best artist voted by the public was Michael Volpicelli from Oklahoma, US.


Both Michael as well as New York Art Gallery will now be exhibiting at the upcoming Amsterdam International Art Fair at the Beurs van Berlage 28-29 August 2015 as part of winning the first prize.   

"Being an Artist and having a chance to be an exhibitor in an international exhibition is an amazing experience. The chance to interact with other artists and chat to viewers about my work, not to mention the opportunity to make connections with Art dealers, Curators and Directors of galleries is second to none. Plus you never know but there is always the possibility of a sale too." said Chi Hang Wong, third prize Best Exhibitor Award Tokyo International Art Fair 2015. 

“Watch out for the second edition” said Mr Maruhashi. “It will be even bigger and better!”






クリスティーヌのライブパフォーマンス衣装はとても印象的で、DJ ガイ・ペリマンの選曲に合わせ優雅にキャンバスを描いていました。




アジアを仕切るGAAのメンバーSatoshi Maruhashi(丸橋聡)は、今回のフェアについて、「ここまでの道のりはすごくタフだった。でもすごくエキサイティングな出来事だったし、結果は大盛況。でもこれは最初の一歩でしかなく、スタートできただけ。これからのアジアでの活動を盛り上げて行きたい」




ドーン・aka サンライズ・ウェルワード・アートは、今回のフェアのために沖縄から参加。「とても良くまとめられたフェアで、会場も素晴らしかったわ。絵が売れたことは私にとってすごく自信に繋がったわ。その後もギャラリーの方や顧客になりそうな方たちと繋がることができて本当に参加して良かったわ

1位はニューヨーク・アート・ギャラリーから参加のミスターブレインウォッシュことアーティストのショーン・ボーデン。2位は日本からクリスタル・グラム・ギャラリー。3位は香港のチー・ハン・ウォン。そしてフェイスブックの投票最高獲得者のアーティストはアメリカ オクラホマのマイケル・ボルピセリが受賞しました。



Asiaエリア統括の丸橋氏から。「次はもっと良く、もっと大きく開催します!! 第2回目も期待してください!!」

Looking for Partners

Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 looking for Partners.

All our annual Art Fairs throughout Europe have exceeded expectations! Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Oxford, Vienna, Barcelona... With thousands of visitors, 75.000-100.000 website visits, and outstanding press articles, including TV Channels, Radio Channels, Newspapers, and Glossy Magazines. Reaching an average huge press features per Art Fair. 

We are looking for (local) organisations, cultural, media, press, hotels, etc. in which we both benefit from the promotions we can do for each other.

Promotions we could offer for partnerships - depending upon return offerings:
- Partner Logo on website (linked to your website)
- Logo on all Marketing communications, incl posters, leaflets, tickets, etc.
- Logo on PhotoCall for Award Ceremony
- Promotional Banner at the event
- Advert in Art Fair Catalogue (handed out to all VIPs during the opening, Vernissage and Private View) 
- Mention/Advert in Newsletter to our database (30.000)
- Handing out Best Global Artist Award, during the Award Ceremony
- Discounted stand at the Art Fair
- Possibilities for judging in the Awards (Available to Collectors, Curators, Art fanatics, Press, Journalists.
- Free VIP Tickets to the opening for inviting your clients
- and much more…

Please note that we are also a keen Charity supporter. And are currently organising an Art Auction at Winston Churchill's birthplace at Blenheim Palace just before the art fair raising funds for 'Doctors without borders' MSF and the Ebola crisis and other causes. And we also hold a Charity competition for visitors at the art fair, where they can win an original artwork. All proceeds to go to MSF. 

To become a partner/sponsor for the Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 please email

Tokyo to host first international art fair for collectors to connect with the Artists directly – commission free

Tokyo International Art Fair 22-23 May 2015 by Global Art Agency – Quest Hall Harajuku

The city of Tokyo is playing host to hundreds of talented artists from all around the world when it stages the first Tokyo International Art Fairby Global Art Agency from 22nd to 23rd May 2015.

More than 150 artists from over 30 countries will be filling the prime located Quest Hall – Harajuku with an incredible display of art, with more pieces than ever before gathered under one roof for visitors to admire and to buy in the city’s largest Artist showcase of modern and contemporary art.

Following the agency’s successful events in Oxford, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Barcelona it’s now the turn for Tokyo to host the magnificent art fair. Organisers Joelle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency are making the fantastic (free) two-day art extravaganza a versatile art happening for the locals of Tokyo. A huge variety of artworks, offering every visitor something to suit their style, all in an affordable price-range to buy and to take home on the day. On show will be paintings, sculptures, photography art, illustrations, printmaking, and bespoke crafts, with a live painting and music show at the event.

TOKYO International Art Fair is the first commercial fair of Japan to establish an international network for Collectors to connect and engage with the Artists directly – commission free. With talented exhibitors coming from all over Europe, Russia, US, Australia, and also a selection of local artists.

“The idea for the Tokyo Art Fair started about 3,5 years ago at the Amsterdam Art Fair that Global Art Agency organised. Art collectors from Tokyo visited the Amsterdam event and they bought a range of artworks to sell back in Japan… Without having to say anything to my business partner Natal – we thought the same. And so the research started back then. We quickly found out that there is no such thing in Tokyo for artists to sell directly – commission free, and at the same time found out that the public are very keen on the prospects of having a commercial fair in their city to buy original artworks by international artists that are of an affordable price range. As this will be the first ever artist art fair in Tokyo, we have big expectations and high hopes for yet another successful event for our agency, and ultimately have the Tokyo art fair also annually.” says Joelle Dinnage.

The fair starts in style on the Friday night, 22nd May 2015, with a special private view and champagne reception with tickets costing only 1500 YEN each for an exclusive sneak preview of the treasures that are to come over the weekend.

Entry is then completely free on the Saturday 22nd May from 11am-18pm, with the event culminating in the announcement of the best artists on show at the Tokyo International Art Fair Awards on Saturday afternoon. The Curators and Jury panel of local Art celebs will reveal which artist takes home the title of Best Tokyo International Art Fair Artist 2015 and with it, an exhibition at another forthcoming international art fair. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite artist by going to the fair’sFacebook page.

Tickets to the Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 are free and can be booked online by going to their website The event takes place from Friday 22nd May Saturday 23rd May 2015 at Quest Hall – Harajuku, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1-13-14.

The private viewing and champagne reception (1500 YEN) is from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 22nd May, with live painting and art show from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 23rd May (Free). The Global Art Awards and art show take place at 4pm on Saturday.

For more information about the event and to visit please visit

Participating as an Exhibitor:
The Tokyo Art Fair are now in the middle of curating and selection process. They are inviting the outstanding artists to apply online

Saturday 23rd May 2015 : 11.00am – 17.00pm
FREE entry – Prebook this ticket. Live painting, Buy Art Show, Global Art Awards Ceremony (16.00pm)

VIP Private View Tickets Friday 22nd May 2015 : 18.00pm – 21.00pm ¥ 1500 JPY (£ 8 GBP / € 10 EUR) – Including Champagne Reception, Private View and first opportunity to buy art. Buy online


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