Whether you want to buy a work of art to adorn your walls or as a shrewd investment, you’ll be spoiled by all the choices at the many fairs taking place in London during October. Here's a round up of some of the big-hitter fairs coming to the capital.
Art fairs are a regular event in the city, but few demand the same attention as those happening during October. From the enormous Frieze Art Fair, which sets up shop in the glorious Regent’s Park, to the smaller Affordable Art Fair, the city is bursting with ways for you to grab a different kind of souvenir: a unique work of art.
Now in its 12th year, Frieze Art Fair is set to be the biggest art fair of the season. It attracts up to 160 galleries, 1,000 artists and 60,000 visitors. The focus is on contemporary artists, and the sections include the newly created "Live" with its installations, and "Focus" where young artists have created work for the fair.
Presenting artists for this year's Frieze include Turner prize-winner Martin Creed, as well as Goshka Macuga and Koo Jeong-A, who have both exhibited at the Venice Biennale. And for special events, there is "Frieze Projects" where you can enjoy Nick Mauss’ ‘living stage’, where a new ballet is performed each day.
Shopping at an art fair is no ordinary experience. Here you get the chance to talk to curators, collectors, gallery owners and even the artists themselves. Make sure you are prepared: don’t be afraid to ask the buyer questions, get to know an artist, go with a budget in mind, and, if it’s not for an investment, make sure you actually like the item.
Nicky Wheeler, the Managing Director of the Affordable Art Fair advises patrons to, "have a chat with the curator or gallery owner. Don’t feel intimidated; no question is a wrong question."
For smaller price tags, the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea is ideal – prices start at £40 and go up to £4,000. Buy contemporary pieces including paintings, prints and photos from established and emerging names.
Meanwhile the Pioneering event for Art and Design, or PAD Fairs, in Berkeley Square, has a wide range of pieces on offer, from Mattia Bonetti’s wacky Cut Out sofa to a Votive plaque from Arabia dating back to 1,000 BC.
The Other Art Fair showcases unsigned artists, but they are sure to be the next big thing as Tracey Emin, a well-known British artist that works with the local artist scene, is one of the committee members who decide the line-up.
Lastly, and not to be forgotten, at Multiplied at Christie’s you can get your hands on famous names—an original Sir Peter Blake, anyone?