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QI star Alan Davies helps open Hampstead festival art fair

Perfect warm-up for summer fair in July

27 June, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Alan Davies flanked by Vicky Bobasch, Hampstead School of Art principal Isabel Langtry and Els Bauer

TV funnyman Alan Davies shared his love for Keats Library on Sunday when he turned up to open the Hampstead Summer Festival Art Fair.

A regular panelist on BBC quiz show QI, Mr Davies welcomed the crowds at Whitestone Pond for the much-loved summer showpiece, which is run in association with Hampstead School of Art.

“I will be selecting art prizes. This is slightly controversial because I can only do stickmen myself,” said the Jonathan Creek star. “But the Hampstead School of Art have promised one of my children a class and maybe I will be taught how to do something other than a cloud, and a sun and a tree, which I’ve been drawing since I was about five.”

He added “This event is to raise money for one place which is dear to our hearts and our family, which is Keats Library. We’re there all the time ransacking the children’s shelves. Join if you haven’t joined and support them – it’s a fantastic place and we must keep it alive. And we’re also raising money for Hampstead School of Art, so if you see a bucket do chuck something in.”

Rosa Coury-Reid, 10, painting Whitestone Pond

Along with a wide range of art to see and buy, the fair returned with stalls, live music, games, children’s activities and a dog show courtesy of All Dogs Matter.

It was the perfect warm-up for the Big Summer Fair, which hits Heath Street in Hampstead on Sunday, July 7 between noon and 5pm.

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