The Crafts Council holds the 15th edition of Collect at London’s Saatchi Gallery. The only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design, Collect provides an opportunity to discover and invest in exceptional work produced in the last five years by living artists. Many of the pieces are made exclusively for the Fair.
For the 15th edition, UK and international galleries, many of which are exhibiting for the first time such as Todd Merrill (USA) and the China Design Centre (UK), will present globally celebrated artists from over 30 countries. With art, design and craft increasingly informing and fusing with each other, Collect has witnessed many success stories over the years, including names that are now in the spotlight and collected by private individuals and leading institutions.
From 28 February to 3 March 2019, Collect will occupy the whole of the Saatchi Gallery for four days with 40 galleries, selected by an independent panel of experts, selling the work of over 400 artists. Alongside the galleries, Collect Open returns, providing a platform for 15 individual artists to show ambitious and conceptual craft-led installations.
New Collect Fair director Isobel Dennis, previously at The Design Museum and prior to that, Group Director of New Designers for 14 years, says ‘The growing recognition of how craft is the foundation for providing the skill and intellectual rigour behind new and contemporary work is to be celebrated. Collect showcases remarkable work by living, multi-disciplinary artists’.
Rosy Greenlees, executive director of the British Crafts Council, is also President of the World Crafts Council – which celebrates 55 years in 2019. Rosy therefore offers a uniquely global perspective on how the worlds of craft, art and design cross fertilise and fuse, including how resulting work is becoming more highly valued (both in cultural and financial/collecting terms).
28 February to 3 March 2019
Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY