London Art Fair: Programming & Special Projects

  • Wendy McMurdo, Young Girl (iii) from 'Let's Go to a Place' 2016. Courtesy of London Art Fair.

    Wendy McMurdo, Young Girl (iii) from 'Let's Go to a Place' 2016. Courtesy of London Art Fair.

Art Projects

Art Projects is a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the world and with galleries from outside the UK making up two thirds of exhibitors, the 13th edition is also the most international to date.

Represented artists also come from a diverse selection of countries including Greece, Germany, Japan, France, South Korea and Zimbabwe. Highlights for 2017 will include large-scale installations, solo shows and thematic group displays; alongside an accompanying programme of collaborative film and new media initiatives. 

The section has established itself as an important international platform for new galleries to showcase the most stimulating contemporary practice, and continues to garner widespread critical acclaim.

Art Projects is situated alongside the main Fair on Gallery Level 1.

More on Art Projects


Photo50

Photo50 is London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, providing a critical form for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice. 2017’s installment is ‘Gravitas‘, a group exhibition of lens-based works, curated by Christiane Monarchi

“‘Gravitas’ refers to one of the core personal virtues taken by ancient Roman society as an important part of the expression of a purposeful life, a facet of the ideal and well-rounded citizen. It denoted depth as well as a seriousness and solemnity of character. The presence of gravitas signalled the transition of the Roman youth from the ranks of boyhood to become a respected member of society.

Artistic representation of the interior world of children and adolescents as they enter the adult world is fraught with challenges: not least the existence of taboos regarding the portrayal of children in the media under the age of consent. However, at a time when childhood itself comes under increasing pressure from society in many real and virtual arenas, the path through adolescence constitutes a fascinating journey worth illuminating for both artistic and sociological discourse.”

– Christiane Monarchi explains the exhibition.

More on Gravitas 


Museum Partner: The Lightbox

The Lightbox is the museum partner of London Art Fair 2017, presenting major works from The Ingram Collection in a unique exhibition ‘Ten Years: A Century of Art’, at the Fair in January.

With The Lightbox celebrating its tenth anniversary since opening in 2007, the exhibition will include key works by twentieth century artists such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious. Curated by Peter Hall (Curator, The Lightbox) and Jo Baring (Curator, The Ingram Collection) the display will demonstrate the breadth, depth and quality of The Ingram Collection spanning a century rich in artistic innovation and discovery.

More on Ten Years, A Century of Art


Talks, Tours & Performances

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.

View the full programme and book your place now


Thursday Late

London Art Fair Thursday Late takes place on Thursday 19 January 2017 with complimentary drinks provided by the evening’s sponsor, Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

This late night opening gives you the opportunity to visit the Fair after hours and enjoy an insightful programme of talks, tours and performance with highlights including photography and fair tours led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Your Thursday Late ticket can be purchased for just £11.50 in advance (plus booking fee) or £14 on the door, and includes access to the evening’s programmed events.

More on Thursday Late