5 Other Art Fairs to Visit this October

By Kate Perutz

Sure there's Frieze, but did you know about the other fairs happening in London this month? We pick 5 of the best for you to explore.

SUNDAY

Ambika P3

Thurs 5 – Sun 8 October 2017

Sunday Art Fair, 2016. Image courtesy Sunday Art Fair and Plastiques.

Held at Ambika P3, just around the corner from Frieze, this annual fair focuses on new and emerging artists as well as galleries, with an international scope. This year’s iteration will host 25 galleries exhibiting solo projects and curated group presentations. The fair will also feature an editions section with presentations by Daata Editions, Kunstraum with &editions, Liverpool Biennial, and Nottingham Contemporary.

Read more: sundayartfair.com

PAD London

Berkeley Square

Mon 2 – Sun 8 October 2017

Marcel Breuer, Long chair. Manufactured by the Isokon Furniture Company (1931-39). English, circa 1935-36. Courtesy of Blairman & Sons.

PAD’s offerings encompass 20th Century art and design as well as decorative arts. The careful selection of galleries exhibiting are international and the quality of the objects on offer is sure to be exquisite. In fact, this fair is an excellent illustrator of how thin (and often problematic) the line is between categories we create to distinguish between creative practices.

Read more: pad-fairs.com

The Other Art Fair

The Old Truman Brewery

Thurs 5 – Sun 8 October 2017

Visitor at The Other Art Fair, 2016. Image courtesy The Other Art Fair.

Presented by Saatchi Art, the Other Art Fair eschews galleries, allowing visitors to buy directly from the artists themselves. This year 130 international artists working in a wide array of styles have been selected to show at the fair’s Shoreditch venue. The fair organisers state that they strive to bring together the ‘unexpected’ and will also be running a full programme alongside the fair, including talks, projects and workshops for kids.

Read more: theotherartfair.com

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Somerset House

Thurs 5 – Sun 8 October 2017

Musa N. Nxumalo, Wake up, kick ass and repeat!, 2017. Giclee print on Hahnem hle Photo Rag, 56 x 84 cm. Courtesy of SMAC Gallery.

The fifth edition of 1:54 returns to Somerset House, showcasing contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. 42 galleries from a range of 28 different countries exhibit at this year’s fair. 1:54 will concurrently host a series of discussions, talks and conversations as part of their FORUM series, this year the focus is on the role of educational programmes in creating knowledge economies. The discussion between artist Michael Armitage and writer Mukami Kuria on Friday 6 October looks to be of particular interest.

Read more: 1-54.com

Battersea Affordable Art Fair

Battersea Park

Thurs 19 – Sun 22 October 2017

Romily Alice Walden, Utopias (IRL/URL). Mixed media (including Phosphor coated glass tubing, concrete and palms), dimensions variable. Courtesy Affordable Art Fair.

Like Frieze, this is an art fair brand with a global scope. Unlike Frieze, you won’t have to re-mortgage if you find something you like. All works exhibited are original pieces by living artists and while in the past we have found that there’s a real range in the quality on offer, there are some treasures to be found. This fair has the added benefit of taking place a couple weeks after the rest of our suggestions, allowing for plenty of recovery time before you head into a marquee again.

Read more: affordableartfair.com

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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