The Other Art Fair was born from a realization of the disparity between an international art audience eager to discover the next big thing and talented artists struggling to gain recognition. Five years and fifteen editions on, the effects of the fair's growing reputation are not only demonstrated through the support of leading individuals in the art world but also the frequency of success stories from past exhibitors.
As a channel for direct sales, the fair enables artists to fund and develop their practice whilst forming invaluable relationships with collectors, gallerists and curators. We are delighted that so many of our artists are now represented within the gallery system and emerging into the spotlight of the art world as names of the future.
By choosing from our 100 artists, visitors can buy with confidence, knowing that they are purchasing form artists who have been hand-selected from over 500 applications by a committee of art experts. Furthermore the fair is a chance to invest in an artist who is truly serious about their practice and their career, an individual with the vision to make their name. It is this thrilling potential that makes the fair so exciting.
Thank you to all artists, visitors and friends who have supported the fair over the past five years and I look forward to welcoming you to our third Sydney edition in 2017.
Founder and General Manager
The Other Art Fair's 2016 calendar started with a bang with one of its most successful editions yet.
Alongside 120 of the best emerging artists from across the globe, visitors were invited to step into the colourful world of cult-favourite Martin Parr in The Art of Dining's immersive dining experience 'Say Cheese'. Exclusive to the fair, Guest Artist Martin Parr released 99 signed limited edition prints for just £99 each, and Sky Academy scholar Sarah Maple unveiled new performance piece 'Comment is Free', questioning public criticism on artistic work.
Lights of Soho amazed visitors with their dazzling neon light installations, featuring work by the celebrated God's Own Junkyard and The Bracey Family. Aesthetica Short Film Festival curated highlight screenings of award-winning film shorts and animations, and drinks and food were provided by First Aid Box bar, Meantime Craft Beer Crewery, Grolsch and DF/Mexico.
Going global! The Other Art Fair’s first international edition took place at Central Park in Sydney, showcasing the work of 80 specially selected emerging artists and a corresponding programme of events.
Our debut regional edition of The Other Art Fair in the creative city of Bristol! 80 emerging artists from across the South-West and beyond presented their work alongside guest artists Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and Inkie. Joining forces with Spike Print Studio's Print Club Bristol, we created a new artwork with Bristol street artist and committee member Sickboy.
Encounters Film Festival curated a highlight collection of award winning films, screening work from the best emerging and established filmmakers across the world.
The more adventurous visitors ventured into the wondrous world of taxidermy with expert-led classes from Elle Kaye, providing opportunities to create their very own taxidermied masterpieces.
Committee member Gavin Turk unveiled his latest project: Project Beard. The artistic undertaking saw Turk remove his wonderful flowing beard in 6 stages as an art project to benefit his children's educational charity, The House of Fairy Tales. The resulting photographic editions were then launched at the fair for visitors to buy and signed by the artist onsite.
With gin cocktails in hand, visitors were invited to contribute to James Thurgood's Fever-Tree installation #FeverTreeArt and watch it evolve over the weekend.
For this edition, one of the biggest yet, we welcomed celebrated British taxidermy artist, Polly Morgan, who presented a new collection of sculptures and hand-finished prints for visitors to buy exclusively from the fair.
non zero one returned for a second year of immersive theatre with their White Room, where every participant, armed with their calling card, was able to make the experience their own.
Supporting The Other Art Fair as a platform for emerging artists, selection committee member Tracey Emin launched a new collection of sculptures and prints specifically created for Emin International Ltd. to sell exclusively at this edition of the fair.
Other highlights include Art Wars – a charitable exhibition featuring a regiment of Stormtrooper helmets that have been turned into works of art by some of the best the art world has to offer, an immersive theatre piece run by non zero one that brought together all renegade art vandals visiting the fair, and a dating event (with a slight difference) for sketchy singles looking for love.
A milestone in the fair's history, this edition saw The Other Art Fair launch in the East End and present alongside Moniker Art Fair as the major satellite event of London's Art Week.
Highlights of the fair included collaboration between Modla and celebrated artist Dan Hillier, who exclusively designed sculptures that were printed live in 3D. Visitors were also given the opportunity to take part in expert-led taxidermy demonstrations, before getting creative with their own mouse or guinea pig.
As well as showcasing 100 emerging artists, this edition of the fair hosted the renowned exhibition ‘100 Mothers’, curated by Harry Pye and featuring work from Billy Childish, Bob and Roberta Smith, Chantal Joffe and Dinos Chapman, all of whom produced unique representations of their own mothers.
This edition held the first live tattooing to be seen at an art fair as the famous Mo Copeletta, who has previously collaborated with Damien Hirst and The Prodigy, inked his creations onto visitors.