The best art fairs to see this spring
Detail from ‘iCloud’ by Valentina Loffredo, digital photograph, £1,900 at The Other Art Fair
Spring art-fair season is kicking off and there are events to suit every taste and budget. Here’s our guide to where to go and what to see…
The Other Art Fair
Returning to Victoria House is this popular fair, which specialises in emerging art. Showcasing the work of more than 120 rising stars of the art world, it features a diverse range of paintings, photographs, sculptures and works on paper, with pieces selected by a committee that includes Saatchi Art’s chief curator Rebecca Wilson and the designer Lulu Guinness. This year’s guest artist is Ben Eine, one of the world’s most successful street artists, renowned for his graffiti letterforms.
30 March to 2 April at Victoria House, Southampton Row, London WC1
Ceramic Art London
This contemporary ceramics event is accessible to buyers at every level, with pieces on display ranging from beautifully crafted tableware to collectable sculptures. Joining the line-up of artists are Sue Pryke, whose simple and functional ceramics are stocked everywhere from Designers Guild to Fortnum & Mason; Jongjin Park, whose trompe-l’oeil vessels mimic the appearance of wood; and Ben Arnup, who uses a porcelain veneer on top of clay to make his colourful creations.
31 March to 2 April at Central Saint Martin’s, Granary Square, London N1
Porcelain and clay pots by Ben Arnup, at Ceramic Art London
Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) Fair
Taking place in the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace, this year’s fair, titled the CADA Menagerie, is themed around animals in art and antiques. Exhibits run the full gamut from furniture, sculptures, glassware and ceramics to jewellery, textiles, garden statuary and decorative items. Look out for a rare pair of Staffordshire pottery leopards presented by John Howard, and exquisite animal-themed brooches exhibited by Howards Jewellers.
30 March to 2 April, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Diamond and sapphire bee brooch, Howards Jewellers, at CADA Fair
Admittedly, it’s a little further to travel, but serious collectors will love this brand-new travelling design fair, which begins its journey on the French Riviera this spring in the historic Villa La Vigie, the former home of Karl Lagerfeld, located in the private park of the Monaco Beach Club. Fifteen galleries will exhibit at the exclusive event, which is aimed at interior designers, architects, collectors and art professionals, with access by invitation or online accreditation only.
27 to 30 April at Villa La Vigie, Avenue Princesse Grace, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Villa La Vigie
Anna Garforth’s floating garden
What to see: ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism’
What to book: Maria Lassnig at Hauser & Wirth