For the fourth, year De’Longhi returns as sponsor of the Art Projects Artist Award. One artist exhibiting in Art Projects will receive a cash prize of £2,500, assessed on the merit of their practice and work on display at the Fair. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel carefully selected to include key art world figures from the areas of collecting, journalism, curating and education.

“Judging the De’Longhi Art Projects Award at London Art Fair was a fantastic experience. The presentation of the works was outstanding and as a judge it gave me the chance to engage with the artworks and many instances the artists and their galleries. London Art Fair’s support for new and emerging talent is a breath of fresh air.” – Cherie Federico, Director, Aesthetica.

Through these unique arts partnerships, De’Longhi has raised over £1 million for charity over the last decade and continues to support the arts on all levels.

2019 Award Winner

The winner of the De’Longhi Art Projects Artist Award for 2019 is Kimathi Donkor from Ed Cross Fine Art.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of this prize. This body of work was about me reconnecting with drawing as a primary mode of expression. Whereas in my painting practice, I tend to use photography and digital processes to formulate my images, in this case I relied on my imagination and memory to create drawings using a much more intimate and immediate approach.”

Ed Cross Fine Art specialises in visual arts from the African continent and its diasporas as well as other artists with a significant connection with the continent. Ed Cross has been heavily involved with the promotion of art from Africa and its diaspora over the last ten years.

Kimathi Donkor, London Art Fair 2019. Photograph by Charlotte Swinburn














2019 Judging Panel

This years winner was chosen by a panel compromising Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, Alistair Hicks, writer and curator, Cherie Federico, director of Aesthetica, and Francesca Gavin, writer and curator.

Supported by De’Longhi

De’Longhi is the UK’s number one premium Italian coffee machine brand. With an ethos on style, design, and innovation, De’Longhi has a proud affiliation with art in the UK, including working in partnership with some of the UK’s leading artists for the Macmillan De’Longhi annual art programme over the last ten years. De’Longhi also has a longstanding headline sponsorship of Pallant House Gallery in West Sussex, which houses one of the UK’s biggest collections of modern art outside of London. For more information about De’Longhi visit or