I envy the team at Battersea Evolution, the exhibition space in Battersea park, because so many of the great events in the London arts calendar are held there! Among my favourites are Affordable Art Fair and The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair. I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon at the autumn edition of the Decorative Fair yesterday and enjoyed the many delights that the well over 100 exhibitors had to offer.
Although each exhibitor has their own way of displaying their (often vast) array of items, the main theme for exhibitors seemed to be putting together stand displays that displayed antiques, art and textiles in a way that might reflect a collector’s house, or at least a room! From gilt mirrors and French sofas to English military travelling chests, each stand had experts on hand to tell us about their own particular areas of expertise. The joy of wandering around the Decorative Fair is that there is a huge variety in the background to the dealers, ranging from the hugely experienced to very enthusiastic young dealers eager to share their enthusiasm – and knowledge – with visitors. The information given about some of the pieces, together with the atmosphere at the fair, means it often feels like you are being treated to personal tours of small and intimate museums… rather than sales pitches!
A number of the exhibitors at the Decorative Fair are members of LAPADA, and a small and dedicated number had just been exhibiting at the LAPADA Art &Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square just last week! The exhibitors were collected from far and wide, with all the corners of the UK represented, from York to Hertfordshire, Fife to Norfolk side by side with some international dealers from Europe.
The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair is at Battersea three times a year, winter, summer and autumn and 2015 marks their 30th anniversary year, an achievement to really cherish as the result of their years of hosting these dealers at Battersea have made a thoroughly enjoyable and successful event.
The next event at Battersea Evolution I am excited to get to is Affordable Art Fair which takes place 23rd – 26th October which promises to be another very successful event for Battersea!