In pictures: See some of the fabulously fun visual art decorating this year’s Henley Music and Arts Festival in England

A music and arts festival in the summer might not be your usual place to sell art, but the annual Henley Festival in Henley-on-Thames is not your usual festival.

While the main players in the festival, which ended on July 10, were musicians and comedians taking the stage, from Tom Jones to Boney M, a host of contemporary art installations were scattered around the site of the black tie event at the Leander Club, one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world.

The tony festival was established in 1982 as a charity for the local community and to stimulate local businesses and artists, which has become increasingly important following the pandemic.

The 40th anniversary visual arts program was organized by art consultancy Hollandridge Group and included seven galleries, 114 artists and 10 outdoor sculptures. Participating galleries included Jenna Burlingham Gallery, Panther and Hall and Zuleika Gallery, showing works by early modern British names such as Edward Seago (showing with Panther and Hall, with one work priced at £12,759); contemporary names like Damien Hirst and Chris Levine (at the Drang Gallery for £19,960 and £89,000); and sculptors Paul Vanstone and Johannes von Stumm (whose works were on sale for £72,000).

“The atmosphere at Henley Festival was electric, unparalleled this year,” Hollandridge director Alex Hammersley told Artnet News. “It is a well-attended festival of over 30,000 people, attracting a well-heeled, cultured and intelligent audience who appreciate all aspects of the arts, many of whom are short on time but enjoy viewing and buying art in a relaxed and informal way.”

Check out some images from the event below.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

Image courtesy Henley Festival.

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