The Other Art Fair returns with work by 140 global artists on show between two venues. Absolutely has a preview…
Words Pearl Boyd
The Other Art Fair will be celebrating its 30th edition by taking over two Central London locations for the first time since its launch in 2011.
The weekend of 4-7 October will see the fair return to the historic Victoria House in Bloomsbury, and, just across the road, the second location will also offer an exciting new programme at The College at Old Central St Martins on Southampton Row.
Visitors will be greeted by a playful, psychedelic entrance installation by artist Hattie Stewart in her signature doodlebombing style. Alongside a host of interactive performances, both fairs offer free kids’ activities, live music and a superb restaurant and bar, guaranteeing a unique and immersive experience.
This year’s guest artists are The Connor Brothers who will be creating a series of prints and two installations exploring men’s mental health in collaboration with mental health charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).
Previous guest artists include Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Martin Parr, Polly Morgan and Ben Eine. The programme will include a mix of works by the highest number of artists ever exhibited at The Other Art Fair, with 140 artists on the verge of global recognition.
Featuring sculpture, works on paper, photography and painting, 140 contemporary artists from across the globe have been handpicked by a respected selection committee including Cob Gallery co-founder and director Victoria Williams, arts broadcaster Kate Bryan, internationally renowned curator Emma Dean and British artist Abigail Lane.
Since its launch in 2011, The Other Art Fair has welcomed more than 167,000 visitors from around the world to its fairs and facilitated total sales in excess of £5 million, while becoming an unmissable fixture of the London art scene.
With its distinguished committee of experts and guest curators, The Other Art Fair has established itself as the fair of choice for London’s emerging collectors. Over 60% of clients at the 2016 fair were first time buyers. In keeping with its position as both progressive and accessible, The Other Art Fair is affiliated with the Arts Council’s Own Art initiative. This initiative allows buyers to spread the cost of a purchase over 10 months with an interest-free loan, enabling more art lovers to become collectors.
Further highlights of the 2018 programme include:
Femme Fatale Tattoo Studio’s pop-up hand poke tattoo studio.
The Print Swap, offering the opportunity for photographers to collect carefully curated prints and engage with other photographers around the globe.
Soho Radio’s music programme presenting an eclectic line-up of music inspired by the city’s vibrant and diverse culture, as well as immersive art projects converging art, technology and music.
Farmstand Restaurant Pop Up, offering international recipes sourced from UK-based sustainable suppliers, using simple, mostly plant-based ingredients and absolutely nothing artificial.