Mayor's secretary leaves Epsom town hall for virtual art gallery

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First published in This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Epsom

The woman who has served as secretary to 14 of Epsom’s mayors is leaving to help develop an online contemporary art gallery.

Carol Caiger, from Ewell Village, will leave her post as secretary to the mayor of Epsom and Ewell at Epsom Council at the end of May after 15 years.

She will be moving on to spend more time working on her daughter Amy Caiger’s business, Caiger Contemporary Art.

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Ms Caiger, 31, an experienced gallery and museum professional, set up the venture which offers original art by talented emerging and established artists online. 

To give clients the chance to get up close to its art in the flesh, the company also offers a see-before-you-buy service and will exhibit its work at biannual showcases - the first of which will be held in Battersea next month.

Mrs Caiger, 59, who was appointed the first female president of Epsom Rotary Club last year, said: "It’s very exciting and it’s the right time to leave. 

"I would never leave in between a mayor, and the new mayor will be appointed on May 6.

"It was leaving now or in another year.  It’s scary because I have been doing the same thing for a long time but hopefully I will be able to use the skills I have developed here in the new job.

"We actually care about our artists rather than just thinking about what will sell.  The people who are doing the work are very passionate about it.

"It’s very difficult to get a foothold into art fairs.  Once people have their space they never move out of there.

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"We’re going to be doing lots of pop-up showcases in lots of cool spaces in London where we can get things together with the artists.  We meet up with them regularly. 

"We can’t exclusively have the right to sell the work of our artists - they are selling with other people too so it keeps you on your toes."

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The first showcase will feature 50 original artworks by 14 artists including paintings, photographs, mixed media and sculpture, with prices ranging from £150 to £3,000.

Caiger Contemporary Art’s first showcase will be held on March 25 to 31 at The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, London. 

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