Get The Best From London's Art Fairs

April sees two important art fairs in London—this guide will help you how to get started to find your perfect piece.

Shopping for art in London can be a daunting prospect. With more than 200 varied museums and galleries dotted throughout the city, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Soon, you’re salivating over works that are either out of your price range or not even for sale. Not in April, however, as the city combines two favourite pastimes—shopping and art—at two exciting annual events.

First up is the Chelsea Art Fair (16-19 April), with 30 leading UK and international galleries under one roof at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Here, artworks range from small, intimate pieces and signed prints limited to just 75 editions to large statement sculptures. This is the place to get your hands on some spectacular works by sought-after artists such as Andrew Dillon, Joan Gillchrest and Ian Hargreaves, tempting your wallet with a wide range of contemporary cityscapes, landscapes, still lifes and figurative works. 

Howard Hodgkin, Autumn, Courtesy Alan Cristea gallery, at London Original Print Fair, London, UK
From woodcuts to etchings plus an exhibition, head to London Original Print Fair. (©Howard Hodgkin, Autumn, Courtesy Alan Cristea)

Hot on the heels of Chelsea is the city’s longest-running art fair: the London Original Print Fair (23-26 April), held at the spectacular Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. This fair boasts works from all periods of printmaking, from Renaissance woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer, through to 20th-century masterpieces by Picasso and modern artists such as Richard Hamilton. Exhibitors include Himmelblau Printmaking Finland, Paupers Press and TAG Fine Arts, with a range of collectable prints at affordable prices. As a special feature this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the fair hosts an exhibition of 30 prints on loan from the Royal Collection, including some commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The exhibition shows how printmaking has evolved over the past three-and-a-half centuries. 

Whether you’re a serious collector, budding enthusiast or looking for a souvenir to take home, you’re sure to find something special!

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