Like it or not, London’s October Art Fairs have begun. Here are a handful, but I’m sure there are more out there..
Frieze is only five years old but it’s firmly established itself as the big one, with all the other fairs advertising their respective distances from Regent’s park. Some go as far as to provide a free shuttle service from Frieze to their own doorsteps. The full ticket price is £18.50 to get in on the day (£10.50 conc), and if you haven’t already pre-booked your tickets, that’s what you’ll have to pay. Thur 11 – Sat 13 Oct 11am to 7pm; Sun 14 Oct 11am to 6pm.
Zoo originally set itself up the year after Frieze to showcase work by less established artists and younger arts organisations. It’s been steadily growing ever since (and I think inviting steadily more established practitioners) and this year it’s moved to the Royal Academy of Arts. They’ve also introduced an application procedure for the 2007 event. £12 entry. Fri 12 – Sun 14 Oct 12pm to 8pm; Mon 15 Oct 12pm to 5pm.
Bridge is established in New York and Miami and it’s in London for the first time this year. The exhibitors are predominantly from the US, with occasional European galleries and very few from anywhere else. The event is taking place at the Tragalgar Hotel in Trafalgar Square, and they’ve booked out every one of its 120 rooms. Admission is £10. Fri 12 – Sat 13 Oct 12pm to 8pm; Sun 14 12pm to 6pm.
Pulse only has 40 exhibitors, with the aim of providing “a friendly and intimate context for visitors and exhibitors alike”. It’s based at The Mary Ward House on Tavistock Place, and once again it offers free shuttles from Frieze. Once you get there you have to pay £10 (£6 conc), and it’s the only one I’ve seen advertising the fact that children get in free. Thur 11 Oct 1pm to 8pm; Fri 12 – Sat 13 Oct 12pm to 8pm; Sun 14 Oct 12pm to 5pm.
Year 07 has expanded since it began last year, and it’s moved to the County Hall, Southbank. They focus on emerging artists and galleries but it looks like they too are setting their sights on more established people and organisations. No concessions, but the £10 entry fee includes a catalogue. Thur 11 – Sun 14 Oct 12pm to 8pm daily.
This person has kindly put all the fairs onto a google map.