Start a new collection or discover artwork for your home with a visit to one of West London’s best art exhibitions
1 ART 14 London
ART 14 London calls itself ‘London’s global art fair’, and with 180 galleries from 40 countries showcasing over 700 artists at February 2014’s exhibition, it’s easy to see why. While most international art fairs predominantly show North American and North European art with a select representation of other cultures, ART 14 prides itself on showing artwork from regions that are usually absent: from Pakistan and Iran, and Taiwan and Indonesia to Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. This means that the odds of finding a piece that has never been seen in London before is high. The works shown come in a wide variety of mediums from affordable prints to museum quality installations, with prices ranging from £500 to £500,000. In addition to photography and paintings, performance art and sculpture are also integral aspects of the fair. ART 14 London takes place annually at Olympia Grand in Kensington.
2 London Original Print Fair
Held at The Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, this four day boutique art event offers a wide variety of original prints from around 50 international exhibitors in a variety of styles including intaglio prints, engravings, etchings, lithographs and screenprints. The pieces span a vast time period, with the 2014 fair showing woodcuts from the early Renaissance to the latest works by contemporary masters like David Hockney and Grayson Perry. Prices start from £100 and can reach as high as £1,000,000. This fair is perfect for investors or for buyers seeking a striking print to add vitality and colour to their home. Admission £12 per person, including catalogue, next fair takes place in April 2015.
3 Affordable Art Fair Battersea
For the art novice, the huge number of art fairs and exhibitions – each one with its individual style, imposing scale and body of seasoned buyers – can make any fair visit an intimidating place to enter, especially when the cost of a good piece of art can cost the same amount as a new car. However, the Affordable Art Fair Battersea provides the perfect entry-level compromise. From the 117 participating galleries who present at 2014’s show, everything for sale costs between £40 and £4,000 but there is a huge collection of artworks with, as of yet undiscovered talent, proving anyone with an open mind can discover a piece of affordable art for their very own. Works include sculptures, paintings, original prints and photographs with a user-friendly approach for buyers. Adult tickets start from £10 advance/£12 on the door and the show runs from 23-26 October 2014 at Battersea Evolution in BatterseaPark.
4 START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery
START is a new addition to the art scene, and the inaugural show will be held at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square from 26-29 June 2014. Dedicated to supporting international galleries that are less than eight years old, there is an emphasis on providing young galleries and artists with the platform and recognition that they need to nurture their careers. The fair will showcase 48 different international exhibitors including the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Adult day tickets start from £17.50 while under 16 year-olds go free.
6 Chelsea Art Fair
Since it’s creation in 1996, the Chelsea Art Fair has become one of the most anticipated art fairs in London, with it’s reasonably affordable art and diverse selection of quality contemporary and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Not only does the fair have the wonderfully intimate and elegant setting of the ChelseaOldTown Hall, it also had a new injection of life in 2013 with a younger, fresher format comprising new organisers, a new layout and selection committee. Prices range from £500 to £20,000, which means that anyone, from art novices to art connoisseurs looking for a worthy investment, can enjoy what Chelsea Art fair has to offer. Admission £6 per person. The next fair takes place in April 2015.
7 Masterpiece Fair
For those with the cash to spend, or mere want to see some stunning works of art, Masterpiece London in the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea is the fair for you. Frequented by millionaires and celebrities, this fair shows off a variety of art, antiques and designs of the highest calibre that have truly earned the title of ‘masterpiece’. 2013’s event saw a Roy Lichtenstein painting entitled Puzzle Portrait, a pearl owned by Mary Tudor, and a 1925 first edition ‘Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald on show. Be sure to attend the next fair on the 26 June-2 July 2014 in order to see what masterpieces are in store for this year. Admission £25 per person.
8 20-21 International Art Fair
Specialising in both British and International art from the 20th and 21st Century, this boutique fair shows off a variety of modern and contemporary art presented by 60 art dealers. The exhibition has an emphasis on paintings and sculptures from the last 100 years, with big international names including Picasso, Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall, along with British favourites such as Peter Blake, Mary Fedden, Damien Hirst, as well as less well known and emerging artists. The exhibition is located at The Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore. Keep checking website for the dates for the 2015 fair. Admission £8 per person.
9 20-21 British Art Fair
Run by the same organisers as the 20-21 International Art Fair, the 20-21 British Art Fair focuses on Modern British and Post-War art. It’s the perfect place to see works created by the great British artists of the 20th and 21st Century, including some former students of The Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore where the fair is held, such as Henry Moore, L. S. Lowry, John Piper, David Hockney. The exhibition also includes established names like Banksy, Damien Hirst, and Grayson Perry, as well as emerging artists and recent graduates. With 56 leading dealers offering a selection of paintings, original prints, drawings, sculptures and photography that are sure to appeal to a vast range of buyers, you’re sure to find something to take home. Admission £9 per person; £6 for concessions.
10 Art Antiques, Kensington Gardens
The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens provide the backdrop to Art Antiques, which runs every year in June (this year from 12 – 18 June 2014). Held in a beautiful pavilion, Art Antiques London brings together leading international dealers and discerning visitors from all over the world. On top of that, there’s a restaurant serving hospitality-standard food with wines to match – lunch is served from 12.00-4.00pm, after which there’s afternoon tea until 5.30pm. For bookings contact 0844 826 2428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are £15 on the door.