Supported by GreatArt, the 2nd edition of Roy’s People Art Fair returns in April to bring 80 emerging and established artists to the iconic OXO Tower Wharf in the City of London.
The Works on Paper Fair Returns to The RGS in South KensingtonThe Works on Paper Fair is the UK’s specialist fair for all art on paper, from all periods. The fair will be held for the third year at the Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington, between 1 – 4 February 2018.
Last updated – 05/02/2018
2018 is set to be another fantastic year for art fairs and events across the capital. We like to get dates in our diary in good time so have compiled our 2018 London Fair Guide. We will keep this guide updated throughout the year with new events and changes.
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London Art Fair 17 – 21 January
Celebrating 30 years in 2018.
Decorative Art Fair 23 – 28 January
The first of a trio of Decorative Art Fairs at Battersea Evolution kicks off in January.
Get your free tickets here – www.decorativefair.com/free-ticket
LARTA – The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair 23 – 28 January
Taking place on the mezzanine level at the Decorative Art Fair.
Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects 22 – 25 February
Collect returns to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 14th Edition.
Affordable Art Fair 8 – 11 March
The first AAF of the season kicks off in beautiful Battersea Park.
Battersea Evolution, London SW11 4NJ
BADA Fair 14 – 20 March
King’s Road, London, SW3
The Other Art Fair 22 – 25 March
Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, WC1A 2QP
Roy’s People Art Fair 12 – 15 April
Now in its 2nd year, we are pleased to announce a partnership with Roy’s People Art Fair for 2018.
Free tickets here – www.royspeopleartfair.com/visit.php#ticketsSection
London Original Print Fair 3 – 6 May
Now in its 33rd year, the London Original Print Fair will run in the Royal Academy’s beautiful Main Galleries.
Affordable Art Fair 10 – 13 May
Affordable art moves north of the river to the leafy suburbs of Hampstead.
Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1TH
Photo London 17 – 20 May
Somerset House, London
Masterpiece London 28 June – 4 July
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Embankment, London SW3 4LW
Art Car Boot Fair
Date to be announced in February 2018 – but will be in July (probably).
20/21 British Art Fair 12 – 16 September
Moving to an exciting new venue for 2018 – Mall Galleries.
Mall Galleries, London SW1
Start Art Fair 13 – 16 September
Now in its 5th Edition at Saatchi Gallery.
The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY
LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair 14 – 19 September
Affordable Art Fair Date to be announced
Battersea Evolution, London SW11 4NJ
Frieze London 4 – 7 October
Moniker International Art Fair
No announcement of a London event this year (last updated January 2018). The 2017 event took place between 5th and 8th October.
To add your fair or event to our list, please contact us.
The successful London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is returning to London ExCeL 12 – 14 January and their expert speakers will highlight key interiors trends for this year.
“Eclecticism is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look. Quirky is cool. 1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s? A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall? Why not?” notes antiques expert Mark Hill.
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co sees more and more Asian antiques taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. She comments, “As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”
Bold Colours & Paler Woods
Interior designer Clare Pascoe observes that: “In 2018 the trend for dark walls will continue, but the new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls to combine in a look that I refer to as “Scandi-noir”. Pink shades will remain on trend, but will shift towards tones of peach and apricot. Home-owners will turn their attention to less prevalent blonder woods such as ash and oak from prestigious Scandinavian designers such as Moller and Wegner. The lighter tones of these pieces juxtapose well with pastel colours and dark walls” continues Clare.
With shows such as Mad Men on-screen, mid-century furniture is basking in the limelight more than ever. Clare remarks that “If you bide your time in order to buy a genuine article, you not only protect the original design provenance, but your piece will make a genuine statement in a room,” as reproduction pieces are made.
People are becoming more and more environmentally aware so antiques will rise in popularity due to buyers’ desire to be more sustainably responsible. Clare says: “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last. They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future.” Toma agrees: “As the green movement becomes de rigueur, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue. Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realization.”
“There will be an increased awareness and appreciation of rarity and craftsmanship when it comes to jewellery.” says jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. “The jewellery houses or individual artisans will continue to remain in the spotlight in 2018 – for example, Castalani, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lalique, Fouquet, Fabergé – all these exceptional master craftsmen pay so much attention to detail.” Mark agrees: “There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman, from a richly coloured piece of treen, to a sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art.”
The London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will be at ExCeL London 12th – 14th January. www.artantiquesinteriorsfair.com
Those looking for inspiration for their homes amidst the post-Christmas weeks rejoice as the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair returns to ExCeL for a second year.
London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is a new style art and antiques Fair bringing together 100 specialist dealers showcasing over 30,000 unusual and desirable items from classic to contemporary. The fair is an ideal shopping destination for those searching for that perfect piece to add to their collection or simply looking for a statement piece; as well as those on the hunt for items to decorate their home.
After a successful launch in January 2017, the event will return to London ExCeL for three days (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th January) where visitors will discover all types of exhibitors and designs including furniture of all periods, ceramics, glass, prints, paintings, jewellery, silver and vintage textiles. Priced from £50 to £50,000, there is bound to be a piece that every visitor will fall in love with!
Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director of London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair says: “Our first year of the fair proved hugely successful with shoppers travelling far and wide to meet dealers and browse for that one of a kind piece of art or antique. For 2018, there will be an even broader range of exceptional pieces for guests to discover including an array of decorative and mid-century pieces to inspire, ensuring the fair remains a must-attend event in the New Year.
“People come not only to shop but to learn. Visitors have the opportunity to hear first-hand from some of the UK’s best and most well-known antiques experts, so those making their first foray into the antique world need not feel daunted as help is on hand throughout!”
A series of Celebrity Talks will include experts, Mark Hill and Judith Miller from BBC Antiques Roadshow, as well as recognised names from the world of interior design such as the British Institute of Interior Design. The event is expected to draw a number of avid collectors, seasoned shoppers and first time buyers looking for something truly unique, and with the eclectic range on offer, the fair is sure to suit a variety of tastes – young and old.
Mid-century modern Danish furniture specialist, Danish Homestore, experienced a hugely successful weekend last year and is pleased to be exhibiting again in 2018.
Simon Harrison, Director of Danish Homestore says: “London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is the perfect destination for buyers seeking beautiful pieces for their homes and offers the chance to seek advice and see curated collections from experts such as ourselves available.
“We’re very excited to be returning and participating in this fair for its second year. It is a wonderful hub of choice for interiors enthusiasts at exactly the right time of year – when homes need a fresh look ready for spring and buying vintage has always been a comfortable investment.”
Every item on sale will be vetted by a team of vetting experts to ensure that all pieces are authentic and correctly labelled, giving buyers every confidence in their choice.
Tickets will be priced at £16 on the door and £12* in advance.
London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will take place at ExCeL London. It will be open from 11-6 Friday and Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. It will take place in Halls 9-11, using Entrance N5 and visitors are advised to take the West Entrance and Custom House DLR Station.
For more information please visit artantiquesinteriorsfair.com.
*A transaction fee of £1.20 applies.
The acclaimed Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns to London this October for its 27th year. Running from 31st October until 5th November, it is the flagship art and antiques event of the British winter season. 100 of the UK’s very best dealers will be offering an incredible array of over 30,000 one-off, diverse and truly original pieces – all within the iconic setting of London Olympia.
The fair is an inspiring destination for home owners and interior designers as well as seasoned collectors. It is particularly popular with those looking for unusual, not-on-the-high-street Christmas gifts. The six-day event is expected to attract over 20,000 shoppers from the UK and internationally, all looking to buy works priced from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Ranging from signed jewellery, artwork, furniture, ceramics, glassware, clocks, fossils, textiles, mirrors, silver and sculpture – the Fair will host an amazing choice of pieces that is sure to inspire the experienced buyer or the first time follower.
Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director says: “The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has become an important event for the winter arts season, attracting consumers and trade alike. The Fair also runs at the same time as Asian Art in London when major collectors descent on London. The diversity of pieces on sale from our dealers is extraordinary and ranges from diamonds to dining tables and from lanterns to Lalique.
“Interest in antique furniture appears to be increasing as interior fashion favours an eclectic mixture of old and new. These pieces provide long lasting durability and many years of pleasure to live with.”
It is the only fair in the UK to work in association with the top two trade associations, BADA (The British Antiques Dealers’ Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers). There is a very strict vetting process in place whereby everything is checked by independent experts to ensure that every piece for sale is genuine and correctly labelled.
There is a complimentary interiors and arts talks programme and highlight tours from an independent art advisor. Both are included within the ticket price
From 4pm until 9pm on Tuesday 31st October, there will be an exclusive Preview Event where visitors can have a first view of the incredible array of pieces on offer.
Ticket prices for Preview day are £30 while standard advance admission is £15* and £20 on the door.
The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will take place at the Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.
artWEEK Live Music Night In support of Central London Samaritans
Devised by Artist Consultant & Curator Patsy Buchanan, on the evening of Wednesday 20 September we will celebrate art and live music in support of Central London Samaritans.
All within the backdrop of artWEEK Exhibition from 18 until 23 September 2017 – with artists Catherine Ingleby, Geoffrey Harrison, Lindsay Terhorst North, Robert Lee Davis, Sue Hoar, Susana Bravo, Terry Beard and Tony Short – at a hidden gem near Piccadilly Circus.
Listen to live music by up and coming singers.
Have your portraits drawn.
Buy a “Hope” Canvas.
For every £10 raised Central London Samaritans will be able to complete two potentially life-changing calls.
100% of monies raised from the sale of the “Hope” Canvas and portraits drawn, £5 from every entry ticket bought for this event will go to the Central London Samaritans, as well as 15% from the sale of paintings sold by the exhibition artists.
Celebrating its 45th edition, London’s longest running art and antiques Fair will showcase 160 of the world’s leading specialist dealers. Discover a diversity of periods and styles crossing a variety of disciplines including furniture, clocks, ceramics and glass to jewellery, textiles, sculpture and art. With over 55,000 pieces to explore, personalise your interiors with eclectic statement pieces and add irresistible treasures to your collection.
Returning as part of the Fair this year, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design Fair – SOFA LONDON will present three dimensional contemporary artworks crossing the boundaries of design, fine and decorative art.
New for 2017, join the dedicated Interior Design Talk Series and learn more about the latest trends from leading international experts, including Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Emma Burns from Sybil Colefax & John Fowler, Douglas Mackie and the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design). Listen to insightful and inspiring talks with a programme hosting speakers from leading museums and institutions including the British Museum and TATE.
Mosimanns’ Jazz Café will be serving a divine selection of dishes to enjoy for lunch and dinner, complimented by top of the range beverages for you to enjoy on your day out.
For lovers of stylish interiors the Fair is an unrivalled destination.
For more information on the Fair visit olympia-art-antiques.com
The 2017 art fair season continues this week with the Affordable Art Fair Spring edition. This is great fair for first time buyers or seasoned collectors.
Getting that spring feeling and wanting to purchase some great artworks, then this is the fair for you. There is so much amazing, wonderful original art out there, for prices that won’t break the bank, so why buy posters and cheap reproductions that you will find on any Tom, Dick or Harry’s wall?
Caiger Contemporary Art, one of our gallery partners is exhibiting this year. Find out a bit about them and their artists.
Caiger Contemporary Art says ‘Buying art should be fun, which is why we have already done the hard work for you, and have teamed up with some fantastic artists to show you how awesome it can be to buy art for your home. We want to tell you all about them and their work as we think it is great to know how something is made, why and by whom. It gives it that extra story to make you fall in love with it even more! Also by sharing with you these fantastic artworks we get to support the wonderful artists too so they can focus on what they do best – making some beautiful work for us to put on our walls!’
Here are some of the fantastic artists you will see on our stand this year at the fair.
As a mark maker Rod lies within a tradition of drawing and recording his experience of the world, his travels, relationships and sense of self.
McIntosh’s process and methods developed as rules that slowly became a habit or creative ritual. The choice of materials evolved through this journey. His desire to maintain a strong integrity within his work directed him to learn the recipes for gesso, where he found the physical, tactile, step-by-step method reassuring. Continued research into the history of mark-making pointed to an honesty that he chose to draw with.
Her work is abstract based contemporary paintings inspired by landscapes, nature, cities, travel, fashion and media. Her work investigates colour, form, space and texture. She often explores seasons or nature based environments with colour, how colours work with one another and the colour relationship with the season or environment.
Laura’s work is influenced by the structure of birds’ wings and butterflies. Their movement and uniqueness have been a big source of inspiration. Focusing on the movement, on the stretch, Laura abstracts the actual shape and colours and to obtain a very energetic skeleton of line. The colours’ blend and the intensity of the butterflies never stop piquing her curiosity.
Now in its 11th year, Ceramic Art London returned to the Royal College of Art in London. With a combination of established and emerging artists, together with a small display of current ceramic students’ work, the fair was varied and exciting with many of the artists on hand to discuss their work and technique.
Ceramics fascinate me for many reasons, the range of shapes, colours and glazes that can be achieved are vast, but it is also the interplay between the functional and the decorative (and the questioning of the distinction between the two) which intrigues me most. To show this diversity of design and function, I have chosen three artists, who for me, illustrate this diversity.
Christopher Taylor CPA
To describe Christopher Taylor’s work as the sort of work I expected to see at Ceramic Art London may come across as less of a compliment than intended, but the reason for the familiarity for me is Christopher’s use and distortion of one of the traditional ceramic forms – the vase. In fact, this is something the artist writes himself “the vessel form appears commonplace” but it is the artist’s “surface treatment” that challenges us to look at the forms he creates.
Decorative and interesting, the artist uses the surface as a canvas (if you excuse the pun) to explore the relationship between the everyday and what our perception of “art” is. Indeed the distinction between “art” and “craft” is often difficult to determine and certainly here Christopher Taylor makes a deliberate attempt to engage us in interpreting what we think.
Delfina Emmanuel CPA
Delfina Emmanuel is one of the most captivating and humble artists I had the pleasure of speaking to at Ceramic Art London this year and although her work at first glance seemed rather traditional and overly decorative, on closer inspection her work was the very opposite. Delfina’s stand presented an array of objects, from tea pots to jewellery bowls to pieces intended as items of visual art to prompt discussion (and admiration).
Aside from the obviously intricate nature of the work Delfina produces, the decoration is not without reason. Describing herself as a mother and a homemaker, Delfina expressed her opinion that occasionally the everyday and the functional get overlooked and it was her aim to make the everyday less ordinary.
Hence the teapots. The teapots are simply amazing. Not until Delfina showed me the handles (if one could describe them as handles) and pulled off the lids to various teapots on display could I appreciate just how these fantastical forms were actually (in principle) functional items.
Take a look at Delfina Emmanuel’s work, then look again.
Jong Jin Park
Nominated for the Young Masters Art Prize in 2014, Jong Jin Park plays with form and material in a way to explore the relationship between the traditional and the contemporary. Not a vase in sight, Jong’s work uses the unusual technique of layered paper with porcelain and then staining elements of the resulting work to produce coloured and varied designs.
If Christopher Taylor’s work challenges the divide between “art” and “craft”, Jong Jin Park’s work has eliminated craft from the question, producing works that resemble sculptures more than ceramic vessels and whose form and design challenge the viewer, and as the artist says “my practice asks us to think what is real?”.