2018 London Fair Guide

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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January

London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair 12 – 14 January
We are proud to be partnering with London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair for 2018.
www.artantiquesinteriorsfair.com

London Art Fair 17 – 21 January
Celebrating 30 years in 2018.
www.londonartfair.co.uk

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
www.decorativefair.com

LARTA – The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair 23 – 28 January
Taking place on the mezzanine level at the Decorative Art Fair.
www.larta.net


February

Works on Paper Fair 1 -4 February
www.worksonpaperfair.com
Read our fair preview here.
Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, SW7

Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects 22 – 25 February
Collect returns to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 14th Edition.
www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/collect


March

Talented Art Fair 2 – 4 March
Making its debut in 2017 all works are priced from £50 – £5,000.
www.talentedartfair.com
Free weekend tickets here.
The Old Truman Brewery, London

Affordable Art Fair 8 – 11 March
The first AAF of the season kicks off in beautiful Battersea Park.
www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/battersea-spring
Battersea Evolution, London SW11 4NJ

BADA Fair 14 – 20 March
www.badafair.com
King’s Road, London, SW3

The Other Art Fair 22 – 25 March
www.theotherartfair.com
Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, WC1A 2QP


April

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
www.royspeopleartfair.com

Decorative Art Fair 17 – 22 April
Get your free tickets here – www.decorativefair.com/free-ticket
www.decorativefair.com


May

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.
www.londonoriginalprintfair.com

Affordable Art Fair 10 – 13 May
Affordable art moves north of the river to the leafy suburbs of Hampstead.
www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/london-hampstead
Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1TH

Photo London 17 – 20 May
www.photolondon.org
Somerset House, London


June

The Art and Antiques Fair Olympia 20 – 27 June
Proudly partnering with Art and Antiques Fair Olympia again this year.
www.olympia-art-antiques.com
Olympia London – Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX

Masterpiece London 28 June – 4 July
www.masterpiecefair.com
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Embankment, London SW3 4LW 


July

Art Car Boot Fair
Date to be announced in February 2018 – but will be in July (probably).
www.artcarbootfair.com


September

20/21 British Art Fair 12 – 16 September
Moving to an exciting new venue for 2018 – Mall Galleries.
www.britishartfair.co.uk
Mall Galleries, London SW1

Start Art Fair 13 – 16 September
Now in its 5th Edition at Saatchi Gallery.
www.startartfair.com
The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair 14 – 19 September
www.lapadalondon.com
Berkeley Square


October

Affordable Art Fair Date to be announced
www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/battersea-autumn
Battersea Evolution, London SW11 4NJ

Decorative Art Fair 2 – 7 October
Get your free tickets here – www.decorativefair.com/free-ticket
www.decorativefair.com

Frieze London 4 – 7 October
www.frieze.com
Regent’s Park

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.
www.monikerartfair.com

To add your fair or event to our list, please contact us.

Interiors Trends 2018

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

“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.

Asian Antiques

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.

Mid-century

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.

Green Interiors

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.”

Skilled Craftsmanship

“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

London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair Returns: 12 – 14 January 2018

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.

CAMA Gallery

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

CAMA Gallery marked their arrival in the capital with an exclusive showcasing of Iranian art at Café Royal Hotel, London. 30 Exquisite pieces were on display by 30 highly acclaimed artists, inspired by professional and master Iranian art.

History of Iranian Art

Iran’s tumultuous history and troubled relationship with the West has often overshadowed overt international recognition of the country’s wealth of culture and artistic innovation. The turbulent political journey has been the driving force behind one of the most innovative contemporary art movements in modern history and CAMA are providing a platform for further global recognition.
Persian/Iranian art has one of the richest art heritages in world history and has a strong presence in various artistic disciplines including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and sculpture. So, if you are an avid fan of art, it is highly likely that your favourite art piece has some form of Persian influence hidden in plain sight!

Recent Sales

An untitled work from Iranian poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri’s Tree Trunk series sold for 360,000 USD and was the highest grossing item sold at the Sotheby’s 20th Century Art: Middle East auction in London on Monday 23 October 2017. This is an exciting time for CAMA and the way the art market seems to be evolving at the moment – hence the need for a London Gallery Space together with an online presence.

In early 2014 news travelled concerning record-breaking sales emerging from Tehran which saw auction sales exceed $5million. The same Tehran Art Sale in 2015 saw 126 artworks sold with 46 works achieving well above estimate, creating a new record of $6.1million. To no surprise, we saw this trend continue with auction sales in excess of $10million at the Tehran Art Sale in 2017. At this auction, Sohrab Sepehri sold his impressive paintings in excess of $2million with individual works being sold for over $850,000.

CAMA Gallery Event

We were lucky enough to view one of Sohrab Sepehri’s pieces at the CAMA Gallery event, which was also available to purchase. Staff and clients of Brownhill Insurance Group were incredibly impressed with the skills and beauty of each of the pieces on show and great interest was expressed by all in the room. I can see that CAMA Gallery have a fantastic opportunity to really ‘rock’ the art industry and that Iranian artworks are becoming more and more popular. Future projections for auctions/ sales are thought to be bigger than ever, so watch this space!
Take a look at their website for further information and if you would like to make any enquiries then please contact me and I can put you in touch with CAMA Gallery https://en.camagallery.com/
Written by Megan Thompson, Cert CII tel 0208 353 8907.

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

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.

The Artist Talks with Anita Klein

‘The Artist Talks’ with Anita Klein

On Thursday 28th September Brownhill Insurance Group hosted the first edition of ‘The Artist Talks’. A new series where you have the opportunity to meet and connect with some of our favourite artists.
 
This exclusive talk was with one of London’s top artists Anita Klein. Held at a quirky studio space near London Bridge, a venue something more akin to a New York apartment space, provided a suitable back drop as everyone gathered in anticipation to hear her talk about what inspires her and the processes around how she paints her amazing works.
Eames FIne Art Studio
Our art partners Eames Fine Art had hung the space with a wide selection of Anita’s work which gave the evening an early talking point. Wine was flowing and the bountiful spread locally sourced from Borough Market was a lovely way to start the evening.
A table filled with food locally sourced from borough market for 'The Artist Talks' with Anita Klein Evening
Vincent Eames of Eames fine art introduced Anita who had set up a presentation. She proceeded to walk us through her catalogue of works from the early ‘musings’ she did as an art student in the early 80’s all the way through to her current works.
Anita Klein, Vincent Eames and Alex Andrews at Eames Fine Art Studiio
Going through the work was like delving into her own family photo album, Anita’s work is very personal and she uses real memories as her inspiration. I asked Anita if she felt closer to works that involved her daughters and granddaughters, as opposed to some of the other works that were more general. It was interesting that she said the process she uses would be the same for all her works, there is no change to her thought process. She lives in the moment and produces the work having gone into a sort of dream like state. She was asked if she felt any sense of loss selling some of the more personal works, which she admitted there had been a couple.
 

Eames Fine Art Studio displaying works by Anita Klein

Anita spoke candidly for over an hour, but given her engagement and the subject matter it flew by. The overriding feedback from everyone who attended was that of an interesting and unique event that will hopefully be the first of many.

Young Masters End of Summer Party

On Thursday 7th September Brownhill Insurance Group sponsored the Young Masters Art Prize. Many entrants of the prize, past and present were exhibited; boasting a variety of mediums and subject. The exhibition showed new works of contemporary art that took inspiration from the past, hence the name ‘Young Masters’. Artists of all ages were permitted to enter and indeed were on show.

Held at the Royal Over-Seas League in St. James’s, London – this impressive building is a fitting venue for works of such high caliber. The pieces perfectly displayed throughout for all to admire.

As we arrived the Younger Masters curator, Cynthia Corbett was arriving via the stair lift, with Gillian Henderson, our Managing Director at Brownhills hobbling along behind on crutches. Both having suffered recent injuries – a sold out event like this could not be missed and the term ‘suffer for your art’ was never truer than seeing them both carry on so gracefully.

One of our favourite pieces was a film by Amartey Golding, a rising and talented artist who we had the pleasure of meeting. Titled ‘Chainmail’ – this 15-minute film challenges stereotypical perceptions of black masculinity and sexuality. At its centre this performance piece features a dance by Amartey’s brother Solomon Golding, who is a member of the Royal Ballet. Sadly we were unable to fulfill Amartey’s request for an after party – hopefully next time Amartey!

This year’s winner was Azita Moradkhani with her striking series titled ‘Victorious Secrets’. Azita embeds artwork into old-fashioned lingerie and uses colour pencils on paper. Her inspiration comes from her first experience of walking into a Victoria Secret store in the U.S. Her mind drawn to the juxtaposition between her home country of Iran where such objects are hidden away in private vs the frivolous nature of the United States. The drawings of intimate lingerie, ‘Victorious Secrets,’ explore connected narratives of pain and pleasure through repeated abstract patterns and images based on photojournalism and iconography. Azita’s work was not actually displayed on the evening as she had a rather impressive sell-out.

It was great to see so many of our clients and members of the VIP Art Club attend and we hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

Written by Megan Thompson and Angela Stewart of Brownhill Insurance Group

A green statue with arms held outstretched in front with a golden mask in hand. Behind the statue shows part of an exhibition

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, 27 June – 2 July 2017

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.

Simply click here to register for your complimentary e-ticket

For more information on the Fair visit olympia-art-antiques.com

ArtPakk

ArtPakk – A Reusable Bag For Protecting and Storing Your Art

ArtPakk advertised as the most protective bag on the market.

Developed by a Framer, Gallery Owner and Artist, with first-hand knowledge of the industry. The ArtPakk is a reusable bag for protecting and storing works of art and frames.

Consisting of 3 different bonded layers they provide 6mm of dependable protective material. No more worries about damage from knocks, sunlight and dust.

Benefits:

• Re-usable with Velcro flap
• 100% recyclable so an Eco-friendly alternative to bubble wrap
• Water resistant and mould repellent
• Strong and shock absorbent
• Tested to hold up to 50kg of weight
• Temperature controlling fabric provides insulation
• Soft and acid-free inner lining, ideal for oils and resin

These easy to use bags are expandable with optional label holders. They come in 10 sizes and are available to both trade and retail customers.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/forpakking

Website coming soon – http://www.forpakking.com/


Nick Smith ‘Parlance’ Opening Night

Nick Smith’s third solo show – ‘Parlance’ is his best work to date. Taking iconic images from popular culture and adding his now trademark pantone effect, Smith has literally blurred the line between his subjects famosity and his increasing profile. The artist even depicted himself among the walls of celebrities, almost like he is predicting his own rise to fame.

Patrick Bateman, Tondo

Last night’s opening at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, welcomed in the month-long show. By 6:30 pm almost all the original works had sold leaving only a few pieces, including a larger than life Patrick Bateman portrait. The face of Christian Bale covered in blood filled the back wall of the basement and at £3,600 was the high-ticket item of the show.

I don’t envy the pre-show hanging session that both the gallery and artist must sweat over. The wall of 20 or so magazines from David Bowie to Karl Largerfeld must have taken some planning. With art being open to interpretation, one must assume prudence is key in the hanging of a show. With the juxtaposition of former president Obama on the cover of TIME Magazine (2009) and a younger Trump grinning on Playboy way back in 1990, does beg the question over the strategic placing of these pieces. Continuing down the line, the infamous Kanye West sits right of Trump, perhaps waiting for his shot at the Presidency. At this point, anything could happen and although outrageously ridiculous, this isn’t the first prediction I’ve seen of a President West.

‘Parlance’ opens to the public today and runs at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery on New Compton Street until 1st April.

For more information:

Visit – http://www.lawrencealkingallery.com/events/parlance. You can also follow Nick Smith’s preferred social media of choice – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nicksmith_art/.