Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair takes art outside of its, often daunting, white confines and into exciting, dynamic spaces across the world, where budding connoisseurs or simply just art lovers can connect face-to-face with the very best in emerging artists. Plus, with many exhibited artists meeting huge success after showing at The Other Art Fair, the possibility of snagging a soon-to-be classic at relatively low cost is definitely on the cards.
For its 34th edition this spring, The Other Art Fair will be heading back East to show some 140 handpicked artists in Brick Lane’s iconic Old Truman Brewery over the event’s four days. After launching a second site last year to showcase only women artists – the Not 30% exhibition drew attention to the gaping gender disparity in the art world – the Other Art Fair is proudly exhibiting over 50% female artists in this year’s edition.
As well as championing women artists, all of this year’s editions will look at arts’ place in creating a Greener Future, highlighting issues of sustainability in a special programme curated by arts broadcaster and Soho House Head of Collections, Kate Bryan. Included in this is the Upcycle initiative which invites visitors to bring old pieces like an unwanted print or something otherwise heading for the junk pile, to be reworked for a nominal fee.
Other highlights include The Illustration Corner where London-based illustrator Erin Aniker will lead a ‘Protest & Power’ poster workshop welcoming visitors to create a feminist poster design, as well as Unmissable; an exhibition of portraits depicting the faces of missing persons, shown in order to mark the 25th anniversary of the Missing People charity; the pieces are available to bid on with all proceeds going to Missing People.
For newcomers, this year’s London spring edition promises to be an exciting introduction into the art world, and for art-veterans yet another great chance to see first-class pieces and meet the artists behind them.