The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, has become one of the most important and exciting showcases for emerging artists. Unique in its approach, The Other Art Fair offers astute collectors the chance to discover and buy work directly from the rising stars in global contemporary art, with editions now in London, Bristol, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Los Angeles.
22-25 March 2018 will see The Other Art Fair return to Central London’s historic Victoria House. 120 contemporary artists will be exhibiting a variety of hand-picked works across all mediums, chosen by a respected selection committee that this year includes VP Art Advisory + Chief Curator at Saatchi Art Rebecca Wilson, founder of Jealous Gallery and Print Studio Dario Illari, director of BEERS London Gallery and author of ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ Kurt Beers and New York-born and London based contemporary art critic, editor and teacher Dr. Gilda Williams.
Since its launch in 2011, The Other Art Fair has welcomed more than 200,000 visitors from around the world to its fairs and facilitated total sales in excess of £4 million, while becoming an unmissable event on London’s art calendar. 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. Uniquely, over 60% of clients at the The Other Art Fair London 2016 edition were first time buyers.
Highlights of the March 2018 programme include:
120 artists selected from across the globe, over half of which are female. The line-up includes Kristjana Williams, Victoria Topping, Marcelina Amelia, Sara Dare, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, Olivier Marc Thomas Leger and Michael Swallow.
A series of immersive installations by established and emerging artists, including a creation by multi award winning Morag Myerscough, who will be taking over the entrance with her colourful signature graphic style. Fei Alexeli will be transforming her ‘No Bad Days’ artwork into a live neon bar installation featuring, complete with swing, exotic plants and ‘No Bad Days’ cocktails served at the bar. There will also be a small number of limited edition prints of Fei Alexeli’s ‘No Bad Days’ artwork available for sale.
Art on a Postcard, featuring limited edition artworks on postcards by a mix of renowned artists including 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid. Other participating artists include; Paula Rego, Ben Johnson, Billy Childish and Jimmy Cauty, with a live auction onsite on Sunday.
Handpoke Tattoos by The Other Art Fair Guest Artist, Bluestone Babe. Choose your own living artwork in the form of a stick and poke tattoo. Guest artist and feminist, BlueStone Babe will be flying over from Brooklyn to tattoo a series of her designs for The Other Art Fair. This will be her first time tattooing in London and Europe.
Saatchi Art Talks, is a series of discussions and artist Q&As taking place throughout the weekend in the Saatchi Art Lounge, which will feature a number of immersive installations.
Inspired by the spectacular imagery of solar physics, Guardian VR will present Celestial Bodies, a fully interactive virtual reality experience using contemporary dance and motion caption technology to explore movement across human and astronomical scales. Participants can take part in an immersive dance experience from world-leading creative dance organization, Sadler’s Wells in this pioneering new VR film.
Younger visitors can participate in creative art activities and crafty challenges in the popular Kids Create corner. Children’s activities are free of charge and suitable for all ages.
In keeping with its position as both progressive and accessible, The Other Art Fair is affiliated with the Arts Council’s Own Art initiative. The initiative enables buyers to spread the cost of a purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan, enabling more art lovers to become collectors.
“From its humble beginnings in a warehouse in London in 2011 The Other Art Fair has grown into the world’s leading fair for buying directly from artists. 2018 is a monumental year for us, hosting ten fairs including expansion into two new cities, LA and Chicago. We are presenting over 1,000 artists in seven cities, and we anticipate selling over 6,000 artworks. This March our London fair will feature exceptional artwork from the most exciting emerging artists, plus incredible immersive installations and a unique and engaging programme throughout the weekend.” says Founder of The Other Art Fair, Ryan Stanier.
“Saatchi Art and The Other Art Fair are natural partners, with a shared mission of identifying and supporting emerging artists from all over the world,” said Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and Vice-President of Art Advisory, Saatchi Art. ”The alliance of our two brands has set a new precedent for the art world, with seamless integration between Saatchi Art’s curated online gallery and The Other Art Fair’s offline events giving artists exciting opportunities to show their work locally and globally and enabling art lovers to discover outstanding emerging artists.”
Private View, Thursday 22nd March: 5pm-9.30pm (Limited tickets available)
Friday 23rd March: 12pm-9pm | Saturday 24th March: 11am-7pm | Sunday 25th March: 11am-6pm
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2QP