Art fairs in London
The biggest and most famous of all the art fairs returns for another year in Regent's Park. Over 160 galleries from across the globe are represented, placing the creme de la creme of London's contemporary art galleries alongside their international counterparts. For hardcore art fans, there's nothing that beats the fun of the Frieze art fair, where famous names rub against the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. But don't limit yourself to just browsing the artworks. One of the hottest things about Frieze is their programme of talks and other curated events including Frieze Music, Frieze Film and Frieze Projects. Find out more here.
While Frieze London sells work made mostly after 2000, this sister fair, now in its seventh year, features over 130 international galleries from around the globe, selling seriously high-end art from the ancient era to the end of the twentieth century. Basically, this is the place to be for major names in art, from Rembrandt to Picasso – this huge, glorified tent in the north end of Regent’s Park is going to have it all. As you’d expect, the talks at Frieze Masters take on a more historical edge, looking at how older art impacts on contemporary practice. Tim Marlowe from the RA returns to curate the talks, which for 2018 focus on women international artists talking to museum directors and curators. Just try not to knock anything over when you’re here.
Bang in the middle of Mayfair, PAD is an art fair with a suitably classy identity. Instead of showcasing the best in edgy or urban modern art, PAD is where you go if you have serious cash to splash on museum-worthy pieces. But don't worry if you're not really looking for a new Ming vase for the hallway, just come along anyway to ogle the beautiful bits of art, design and decorative arts on display here.
If you're interested in contemporary African art, make sure you head down to Somerset House from 4 - 7 September for the sixth 1-54 art fair. This year's programme includes FORUM, a series of talks curated by writer, journalist and broadcaster Ekow Eshun.
Of all the London art fairs, the Sunday Art Fair at Marylebone's subterranean Ambika P3 has become known as the place to go to if you want to see some of the edgiest new art from galleries across the world. There are 25 galleries represented here, and they've all got an emphasis on the young-and-achingly-cool of the art world.
As you'd expect for an art fair held in Shoreditch, Moniker is one of the coolest of London's annual art fairs. 2018 is a special year for Moniker as it's their 10th birthday. To celebrate, they're keeping with their trademark of having a theme, which this year is 'uncensored'. There's also an emphasis on artists from America, where Moniker held their first international fair this past May.