London’s best art fairs

Where to go if you want to buy – or just gawp at – some fine art

Frieze London, Regent’s Park
October 4-7

One of London’s largest and most eclectic art fairs, featuring a vast array of contemporary art exhibited by leading British galleries (Hauser and Wirth, Richard Saltoun) and their international counterparts (Cologne’s Ginerva Gambino, Rome’s Frutta). There will also be appearances by the likes of Nan Goldin and Laurie Anderson, while associated events include a trio of art auctions at Sotheby’s. frieze.com

Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park
October 4-7

The other side of Frieze, with more than 130 galleries offering up art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century. frieze.com

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House
October 4-7

The 30th edition of The Other Art Fair – a fair that showcases the work of 140 handpicked artists. The beauty of this one is that you can meet the artists and discuss their work before buying a piece from them. theotherartfair.com

A visitor at the Affordable Art Fair

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House
October 4-7

The sixth edition of this celebration of contemporary African art hosts galleries from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. somersethouse.org.uk

PAD London, Berkeley Square
October 1-7

An art fair for connoisseurs with a hefty budget. Galleries from around the world converge on Berkeley Square for a celebration of contemporary art that incorporates painting and sculpture, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts. The blurb says PAD offers collectors the chance to buy ‘pieces of museum quality with a distinct history’. pad-fairs.com

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park
October 18-21

A great place to start for art-lovers looking to get their collection going without having to remortgage their flat to do it. Prices start at £100, with galleries from Britain and abroad bringing more than 1,000 pieces to Battersea. The Affordable Art Fair website has some useful tips for first time buyers, too. affordableartfair.com

Masterpiece Art Fair

Wimbledon Art Fair, Wimbledon Art Studios
November 15-18

Less grand than other London art fairs, but that what makes this one such a joy. The doors are thrown open on the usually private working studios, with visitors able to meet the building’s 150 artists and buy work directly from them. wimbledonartfair.com

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre
January 16-20 2019

Founded in 1989, this long running art fair aims to cater for collectors at all levels, from prints and editions available for less than £1,000 to major works by famous artists. Sales at this year’s fair included works by Grayson Perry, Eduardo Paolozzi, Edward Burra and Picasso. There will also be talks, tours, screenings and curated spaces, including Photo50, the fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography. londonartfair.co.uk

Masterpiece London, Royal Chelsea Hospital
June 27-July 3 2019

One of London’s grandest art fairs with 160 exhibitors presenting pieces that date from antiquity all the way through to the present day. The fair will stage a special exhibition of new work by Marina Abramović, Five Stages of Maya Dance, in a specially designed immersive exhibition space. The work ‘comprises five alabaster portraits of (Abramović) which merge performance, light and sculpture’. masterpiecefair.com


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