Art Fairs in London
London is one of the world’s cultural and artistic centres and hosts many art fairs throughout the year. Some are gallery fairs that promote the work of established artists, while others are artist fairs attended by artists who represent themselves. Gallery fairs offer high-quality art at rather high prices, whereas artist fairs offer all kinds of art at more affordable prices. Increasingly popular are also genre fairs which cater to specific audiences. Here are some of the top art fairs in London that you should visit.
London Art Fair at Business Design Centre is the major gallery fair in Britain. It takes place in January and features some of the best and most expensive art from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst. Obviously, prices are sky-high.
A more affordable fair is the International Art Fair at the Royal College of Art in February, which is smaller and has a more quiet and private atmosphere, not to mention much lower prices. The same venue hosts a British Art Fair in September. Admission price for both events is £8.
Another worthwhile fair that takes place in February and is a must-see if you’re into technology is the Kinetica Art Fair at Ambika P3. It features a lot of art, a lot of science, and many quirky artists.
The Affordable Art Fair at Battersea is the one Spring fair you don’t want to miss if you’re a collector. That said, don’t expect this to be too affordable – many established artists attend it.
When it comes to opulent, impressive art fairs in London, few rival the Olympia International and Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair that takes place at the Olympia Exhibition Centre every June and November. Looking for a medieval sword, stunning piece of jewellery, or elephant skeleton? You’ll find them all here, together with many more fascinating objects. Price range is really high.
Other art fairs in London you shouldn’t miss are the Collect May fair at Saatchi Gallery, Frieze and Frieze Masters art fair/events that takes place every October, and the affordable Parallax Art Fair in February, May, July, and October.