First for Art
Commission-free art | Direct from the artist

About First for Art


In 2016, a selection of artists began to change the format of exhibitions. By promoting their own work in an organised group, artists were able to tailor exhibitions to suit their needs - and they brought an eclectic collection of art to Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, as the First Steps Art group.

First Steps Art was founded to support a young artist with Asperger’s who did not ‘fit the mould’ for many art organisations. Instead, he took the brave step to host his own exhibition in association with selected professional artists, who were keen to assist him in his new venture.

Since then, over fifty artists have showcased their work and taken their First Steps to exhibiting at Denbies, via the First Steps Art group. In 2017, photography was introduced to the exhibitions, embracing the talented photographers who capture art with a camera. During 2019 we took the next step to become First for Art, arranging exhibitions to include a selection of First Steps artists. These artists have taken the steps needed to begin selling their work around the world, and join together with an ever-eclectic collection. First for Art supports emerging art at every exhibition.

Art is sold direct from the artist to the buyers, with NO COMMISSION added to the price.

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