We were founded in 1989 by London’s Business Design Centre in Islington – where the Fair still takes place today – with the aim of providing a space to showcase exceptional Modern and Contemporary Art, to discover and to buy. We launched with just 36 UK galleries (some of whom still exhibit at the Fair today) and have grown steadily over the following years with well over 100 galleries now regularly exhibiting with the Fair. In 2021, whilst we were unable to run London Art Fair in its usual format, we remained focused on delivering a unique opportunity to discover and champion the very best Modern and Contemporary Art, presenting for the first time a digital alternative, London Art Fair: Edit, providing an online showcase for galleries from across the globe.
With the 2021 edition of London Art Fair taking place during such exceptional times, this year’s Fair has been specially curated to ensure visitors can experience the very best collection of Modern and Contemporary Art in a safe and spacious environment.
We look forward to inviting visitors to join us to enjoy one of London’s most established cultural highlights, with the confidence of knowing that the Fair has been carefully planned adhering to government guidelines to ensure the safety and comfort of our visitors, exhibitors and staff as our highest priority. For further information on the measures we are putting in place click here.
The Fair provides a home for Modern British Art, as well as, embracing an increasingly international and contemporary outlook, with new galleries from around the world expanding our offer and reach – these now make up 25% of our exhibitors, and continue to grow.
We nurture collecting at all levels, from prints and editions starting in the hundreds, to major works by internationally renowned artists (notable sales at the 2020 Fair included works by Grayson Perry, Christopher Hanlon, Bambi and David Bomberg).
We provide a platform for nurturing talent too and have played host to acclaimed artists early in their career as well as established names, with Chris Ofili and Jenny Saville awarded ‘rising star’ awards at the 1996 edition.
The Fair’s extensive gallery line up showcases a diverse cross-section of art from emerging talent to established art world favourites; alongside an inspiring programme of curated talks, panel discussions and artists insights.
The Fair will also provide expert insights into innovative curatorial concepts in contemporary art through its critically acclaimed curated spaces: Art Projects, offering a platform for the next generation of artists and gallerists; Photo50; showcasing current trends in contemporary photographic practice; and Platform in featuring a selection of galleries presenting well-known, overlooked and emerging artists that align to an overarching annually changing theme.
Since 2014, we have also selected a regional museum partner to work with each year, who creates a unique exhibition that enables our visitors to experience the heritage, quality and significance of regional collections. The Fair’s 2022 Museum Partner, The Women’s Art Collection celebrates the breadth and diversity of women’s creativity and their role as artists, curators, collectors and patrons. Exhibits include work by Maggi Hambling, Eileen Cooper and Miriam Schapiro.
We are delighted to announce our 2021 Museum Partner Charleston, once home to the 20th century’s most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers, The Bloomsbury Group.
Launching the international art calendar, London Art Fair, invites you to join us between 20 – 24 January 2021 (Preview 19 January) to discover, learn and engage with a thoughtfully selected presentation of exceptional art and an experience to match.