There is an art fair in London to suit everyone. You can browse and buy oil paintings, contemporary prints, ceramics and sculptures.
So whether you are an experienced collector or simply looking for an affordable piece of art for your home, these fairs are definitely worth a visit.
There a so many to choose from but certain factors can help you decided which is right for you.
Firstly one major differentiator is who is at these fairs. Some are gallery fairs where all the stands belong to established galleries representing their artists. This means that the quality of the art should be very good, but also that the gallery will take a commission on purchases, meaning prices can be higher.
Then there are artist fairs, where the artists represent themselves. The organisers of these fairs do some screening, but the quality of the work on display is usually a mixed bag. The advantage is that you get to talk to and negotiate with the artist directly. This could also be your chance to discover up-and-coming artists before they make it big.
The third type is known as genre fairs. These are aimed at a niche, specialised market and might be the best place to go if you know the exact type of art you’re after.
If you have the time, going to all three types would be a great way to experience what art fairs have to offer.
Here are some of our favourites.
London Art Fair
Featuring museum quality Modern British art alongside contemporary work from todays leading artists. Beyond the main fair, you can also find two specially curated sections focusing on new work, less established galleries, and contemporary photography. Covering everything from photography and sculpture to painting and ceramics, there’s guaranteed to be something here to thrill art lovers of all tastes and levels of experience.
18th to 22nd January 2017 at the Business Design Centre.
The Affordable Art Fair
Twice a year around 110 local and international galleries descended on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork from over 1,100 artists, all available for between £100 and £5,000.
There is also a free education programme for kids and adults alike. Plus you could hone your skills in a workshop, create your own original print, or drop into one of the many talks and tours to brush up your art knowledge.
All this makes it one of London’s most popular Fairs.
20th to 23 October 2016
This has to be one of the most glamorous art fairs in the Capital and is know as one of the top international cross-collecting fairs for art, antiques and design.Sneak a peek at works that span over 5,000 years of art history, and experience one of the most prestigious art fairs London has to offer.
More of an arts event than just an art fair this is the place to be seen if you’re an industry big hitter. The most well established galleries from around the world are represented and is the place to see the next modern art superstar.
6th to 9th October 2016 in Regent’s Park . Admission price is £27-35.
Parallax Art Fair
Held in Chelsea Town Hall, this is the very definition of low key. But it is an international art fair where up-and-coming artists showcase their work at surprisingly reasonable prices, especially for Chelsea. There are lots of talented artists on display that you might not find elsewhere.
Wimbledon Art Studios Open Studios
A truly unique event where artists let you wander around their paint-stained studios. There are usually a few hidden talents waiting to be discovered and it’s an opportunity to enter artists’ creative worlds. There is no admission fee and prices range from £50 to £10,000.
Next show is 10th to 13th November 2016.
Genre Art Fairs
The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair
Expect to find a wealth of wonderful period design: anything from £15 vintage French wine glasses, antique rugs and fine furniture to valuable paintings by well-known modern British and contemporary artists such as Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney, Peter Blake and Banksy. Fancy something grandiose to spruce up your home? This is where you might find it.
27th September to 2nd October 2016 in Battersea Park
The London Original Print Fair
This the world’s longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints. Since its inception in 1985 the fair has grown from 16 specialist print dealers to 50 of the world’s leading print publishers, galleries and dealers. Artists represented at the fair include Rembrandt, Whistler, Sickert, Picasso, Warhol and contemporary artists such as Bridget Riley, Howard Hodgkin and Grayson Perry RA.
Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th May 2017 Royal Academy of Arts