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The King's School Art Show & Spring Market

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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The King's School Art Show returns for its 32nd year, showing and selling a varied collection of art. The three day event comprises of over 700 paintings, both popular and investment art. Come pick a piece to decorate your living room or one to fund your retirement. There are also rides, entertainment, and market stalls running during the weekend, making this one of the biggest events in the school and local community calendar.

Winner of 2010 King's School Art Prize - Ross Laurie: Ram's Gully - Butt Up

The Art show opens on Friday the 26th of August with the 'La Vie en Rose' inspired cocktail party. Here you can enjoy drinks and canapés while viewing the art on display and enjoying jazz performances. Sales of artwork premiere on opening night, but you can buy more than just art. There will also be a collection of jewellery and wine available for sale on the night, and this will continue through the remainder of the weekend. Head along to opening night, and you'll also be able to view the winner of the $1500 King's School Art Prize.

On the Saturday and Sunday the art exhibition and sales continue, but there are more festivities to add to the bill. Not only will you be able to trawl through the market and food stalls, containing anything from show bags to tablecloths, but there is also a funfair with rides and games for everyone to enjoy. Adults can enjoy wine tasting while children head to the wines. As well as the works by some of Australia's fine artists, there is also a Children's Art exhibition that is worth a look to see some potential future artists.

Winner of 2004 King's School Art Prize - Ben Quilty: Albert

Throughout the event you will also be able to enjoy a selection of ensembles, bands, and soloists. The Art show is a real cultural smorgasbord. The music is a perfect compliment to the art, wine, and food that you will enjoy over the weekend.

Car enthusiasts will also want to head along on the 28th to view the All British Display Day car show. With the cooperation with many car clubs over New South Wales, the car show has a large collection of British cars from a Baby Austin to a Rolls Royce. The car show will also be supporting the Arthritis Foundation of NSW, helping children who suffer from debilitating arthritis. There is also a bit of fun for sports fans, with the Parramatta Eels coming along on Saturday, with opportunities for fans to meet and greet their sporting starts, and get a photo as a memento.

Unfortunately the Opening Night has already sold out, but you can still get along to enjoy the art works during the weekend festivities. All works will still be available for viewing, and sales will continue over this time. If you are bringing the children along, or if you like rides, there are three available options. Unlimited Rides for one day will cost $30 for an armband, It will cost $50 for unlimited rides covering the entire weekend, and it costs only $20 for unlimited rides on the Saturday afternoon after 1pm. Browsing through all the market stalls is free, so get along and have a look.

Whether you're interested in art, music, or if you're just looking for something fun to do on the weekend, head along to the King's School Art Show. For a jam packed weekend of entertainment and culture that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
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Why? For a weekend of art, music, and rides
When: Friday 26th - Sunday 28th August
Where: 87-129 Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta
Cost: $20-$50 For Rides
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