London Art Fair 2017

Talks, Tours & Performance Programme

London Art Fair is a fantastic place to learn about art, with a daily programme of talks, tours, performance and interactive events offering market insight, stimulating thought and giving context to the art on show.

Some sessions book up well in advance of the Fair, so please book at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

All events are free to attend with a valid Fair ticket or invitation and take place in the Talks & Discussions Theatre, unless stated otherwise. The Theatre is located on Gallery Level 2 above Art Projects.

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MODERN BRITISH PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY 20 JANUARY
Sculpture Today – A Conversation, in association with Lund Humphries

Writer and broadcaster Michael Bird chairs a discussion about the changing definition of sculpture since the post-war period, and its appeal and status today. Featuring Polly Bieleka, Gallery Director at Pangolin London, and Melissa Hamnett, Curator of Sculpture at the V&A.

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY
Modern British art and the Idea of Europe, in association with Apollo
With the UK on the verge of dissolving its political union with Europe, what can British art tell us about the cultural links between this island and the continent? Chaired by Thomas Marks, editor of Apollo magazine, with Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery.

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PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
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Untitled from the series ‘Running Wild’ © Frances Kearney

Wednesday 18 January is Photography Focus Day at London Art Fair, so the perfect day to visit if you are a photography collector, practitioner or enthusiast. Further photography talks also take place on Saturday 21 January.

WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY
Made Together: participating and collaborating in photographic practice
Anthony Luvera, Baptiste Lignel and Wendy McMurdo: three artists presenting work in London Art Fair 2017’s Photo50 exhibition ‘Gravitas’ discuss the importance of interaction, participation and collaboration between artist and subject in their lens-based practice. Chaired by Christiane Monarchi, the curator of ‘Gravitas’.

Collecting Contemporary Photography in association with The Photographers’ Gallery
Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery chairs a discussion exploring current trends in the photography world and how to grow your contemporary collection. Panel members will include Helen Trompeteler, Christiane Monarchi and other guests.

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY
Photoworks Presents: Desert Island Pics – Karen Knorr
Born in Germany, raised in Sao Paolo and educated in Paris and London, the charismatic photographer Karen Knorr says she has always felt like an outsider. Karen will reveal her eight desert island image choices and discuss how they reflect her life and career with regular Desert Island Pics host Stephen Bull.

Images of Youth – who calls the shots? In association with PhotoVoice
Are photographers’ images representative of the stories that young people themselves want to tell? Join award winning participatory charity PhotoVoice, photographers Michelle Sank and Aliyah Otchere, Christiane Monarchi and Jack Lundie, Director of Communications at Oxfam to find out.

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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

THURSDAY 19 JANUARY
The Art Business Today,  in association with Lund Humphries
Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, chairs a debate around the current state of international art business, reflecting on emerging trends, new opportunities, and the sector’s future in the wake of Brexit and the Trump vote. With Yasmin Railton, Jeffrey Boloten and Melanie Gerlis.

Internationalism Through Art – How Art makes the World Flatter
With 2016 seeing a rise of Nationalist sentiment across the world, this talk will look at the ways in which the art world is capable, or otherwise, of crossing cultural and geographic boundaries. Chaired by Farah Nayeri, culture writer for the New York Times, with Art Projects 2017 curator Miguel Amado, Artsy’s Legacy Russell and gallerist Guido Maus.

FRIDAY 20 JANUARY
Iniva presents: Care and Concern – supporting contemporary women artists
Exploring methods of support for women’s art practice from the multiple perspectives of collecting, curating and philanthropy. Chaired by Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva, with Day+Gluckman’s Eliza Gluckman and journalist and curator Nadja Romain.

Making the Most of Your Art Collection: Catalogues, Loans and Displays, in association with Masstone
There is a big difference between buying art and building an art collection. Gain an insight into the management of private art collections whether you are a seasoned collector or first time buyer, find out how to envision and plan the management and growth of your investment in art.

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TOURS

You can also book onto insightful daily tours of Art Projects and Dialogues, led by Pryle Behrman and Miguel Amado*, and experience photography highlights with Jean Wainwright.

Iniva lead two tours showing how to bring a curator’s eye to collecting and on Own Art’s tours you can hear personal insights from exhibiting gallerists and discover emerging artists.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art are also offering  daily highlights tours with different focuses – photography, contemporary, Modern British and emerging markets.

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*Wednesday and Thursday only