The 2016 Chelsea Art Fair

By: Paul Joseph | Date 31.03.2016
London’s art scene has never been more vibrant and it is arguably the city’s western districts that are at the epicentre of this golden age.
Courtesy of Chelsea Art Fair
Teeming with small, independent galleries as well as the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, west London is a hotbed of artistic action and commands serious pulling power among the art world’s elite.

One of the most eagerly awaited events on the capital’s cultural calendar is the Chelsea Art Fair, which returns for its 21st edition this April. Taking place at the venerable Chelsea Old Town Hall – in all its Victorian-era splendour – on the King’s Road, it brings together 30 leading galleries from both the UK and abroad.

Since its debut in the 1990s, the fair has grown in both size and stature. Today its stand spaces are in such demand that organisers have established strict guidelines over who they allow to exhibit. As word has spread, the event’s cachet has spiralled, and today the number of requests from galleries to attend outweighs the amount of stands available by some distance.

Is has been an impressive success story for a fair that experienced relatively humble beginnings, but is now firmly established as a major landmark for the UK art industry and an essential diary entry for art enthusiasts in London and far beyond.

So what can visitors expect? For starters, a broad range of artwork for sale, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics, with a minimum value of £500 and rising to as much as an £50,000.

As part of the organisers’ efforts to ensure a diverse and high-quality spread of exhibits, each gallery must show a minimum of three artists, and no living artist can be represented by more than one gallery. Furthermore, any prints on sale must be limited to editions of no more than 75 and must be signed by the artist.

It all amounts to an event of substantial prestige and one that makes a significant contribution, not just to its western confines, but to the entire city’s deserved reputation as the arts capital of the world.

The 2016 Chelsea Art Fair takes place from 21 – 24 April. The admission price is £6.


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