The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, returns to London’s Old Truman Brewery this March showcasing 150 independent artists alongside a vibrant programme of guest features. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the fair continues its mission to re-frame art, and how it is experienced; offering an art fair experience that is evocative, inclusive, and inspiring. In celebration of March’s International Women’s Day, this edition of the leading artist-led fair is focussed on championing women in art and alternative practices sometimes excluded from the art world such as textiles and floristry.
London’s March 2022 fair will feature an exciting and immersive programme of features and events including Chila Kumari Singh Burman as special guest artist, an entrance installation, an immersive installation by The Line Girl and much more.
A committee of industry experts have collaborated on the selection of the most exciting rising stars, with a focus on women creators to watch and art forms beyond the traditional. The line-up features a 62% Female to 38% Male ratio of exhibitors with 50% of artists being new to the fair, 71 London based artists and 10% BIPOC creators.
Fair Director Anouka Pedley on the desire to champion female identifying talent and non- traditional art forms: “To commemorate International Women’s Day, we wanted to celebrate our female identifying exhibitors alongside a features programme highlighting art forms that are not commonly considered ‘fine art’ because they are typically aligned with women and the domestic. While textiles are becoming increasingly popular, there is still so much undiscovered talent, especially in London. We want to celebrate this art form by curating an exhibition of textile art and hosting a dedicated workshop series across the four days of the fair, encouraging our audience to discover and interact with the varied strands involved in the practice.”
The 2022 London selection committee includes Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP Art Advisory, Saatchi Art, Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks and Triangle Network, Ellen Mara De Wachter, leading Arts and Culture writer and co-author of ‘Great Woman Artists’, and Claire Feeley, Head of Exhibitions and Learning Programmes at Jupiter Artland. Additionally, artist, curator and founding member of gal-dem, Leyla Reynolds has selected the two March 2021 New Futures prize winners.
A group of participating artists will be donating the proceeds from the sale of their artwork to Choose Love to support the vital work they are doing with refugees. Look out for the Choose Love logo in artist's booths for more information.
This March, Chila Kumari Singh Burman will feature as the fair’s special guest artist. Fresh from recent shows at Tate Britain, Covent Garden, Grundy Gallery, Liverpool Town Hall and the takeover of Tate Modern's Tate Edit shop, Burman will be showcasing her beautiful works that examine the experience of South Asian Women and her Punjabi heritage. Renowned for her radical feminist practice examining representation, gender and cultural identity. Burman works across a vast range of mediums, including printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film. She utilises kaleidoscopic colour, glitter and striking imagery to continually challenge and dismantle stereotypes. Her work to emancipate the image of women, has resulted in the creation of influential works infused with messages of female empowerment.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries alumni Nisa Khan will exhibit her interactive art vending machines. For the low fee of £2, the machine distributes a small artwork of a brown woman’s body to draw attention to the role of money in a gallery space and illuminate the commodification of brown women’s bodies. In her own words, “the journey to decolonise the brown body continues...”.
An immersive installation by New York Collective Secret Project Robot will also feature. The group’s mind-blowing audio/visual immersive works and revolutionary philosophy of offering an antidote to the proscribed notion of “the gallery” and “the institution” make Secret Robert Project and The Other Art Fair perfect bedfellows.
Meanwhile, queer artist The Line Girl will create a site-specific, engulfing entrance installation, pushing the potentials of drawing a line to absolute limits. Let’s Talk about textiles is specially created exhibition within the fair that will include works by Daisy Tortuga, Shelby Hurst Inglefield, MH Sarkis and Llinos Owen.
Matt Jukes’s feelscapes will be presented in collaboration with mental health charity calm (campaign against living miserably). For this highly unusual installation, a specially created AI captures visitors' emotions and reactions as they think about their future and creates a personalised emotional colour landscape for them to keep forever. Fair goers visiting the booth will be able to download their personal landscape in the form of a wallpaper on their phone for free or buy a print in a variety of sizes. Proceeds from these sales will be donated to CALM and contribute to funding potentially life-saving services.
The Other Art Fair continues its mission to override the traditional barriers of the contemporary art world, through New Futures. This being an initiative developed to champion the works of up-and-coming and underrepresented artists. The Other Art Fair awarded two new graduates a complimentary stand and mentoring in the lead up to the fair – Sara David and Josh Scurville. CSM Graduate Sara David takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the personal and social in art through food and family photo archives. Having recently graduated from Camberwell College of Art, Josh Scurville uses digital illustrations to explore music culture and nightlife across the cultures of HipHop, RnB, Rare Groove, Jazz and Latin Jazz.
The fair has teamed up with NFT marketplace Rarible and blockchain Tezos to give visitors the opportunity to buy their first NFT from selected fair exhibitors including Sara Lim, Nana SRT, Karen Turner, Celine Ali and Lexi Laine. Meet the artist in person, speak to the team at Rarible in person and buy your first NFT in person, with prices ranging from just £200- £500. And the good news is Tezos uses a Proof of Stake algorithm to mint NFTs which is far more energy-efficient than other forms.
El Rayo Tequila will host a bar plus visitors will be able to enjoy free tasters of their signature Tequila and Tonic – it might be your first taste of this fresh pairing, but it won’t be your last.
HIGHLIGHT ARTISTS INCLUDE
A wonderful selection of artists will be exhibiting in this edition, including up and coming portrait artist Morag Caister, who was featured in Soho House’s Brighton location, and was a semi- finalist on the latest series of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. Another creator of beautiful portraits, self-taught painter from Lagos, Débayo Desalu will exhibit his emotional renderings of African American individuals in modern settings. Karen Turner was awarded the IEA Open Exhibition President’s Prize and a finalist for both the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize and the Women United Art Prize all in 2021. She creates fleshy and visceral depictions of nude women as a commentary on the weight of expectations placed on the female sex.
For those preferring the abstract to the figurative, Dylan Bardoe’s commanding and wild collages will be featured. Through creating unique assemblages, Bardoe toys with and confronts the contemporary age of information over-saturation. South African banker-turned-artist, Shelly Pamensky will bring her distinctive ‘glitter gradient’ artworks to the Fair. Charmaine Chan will present her illustrative works mixing Japanese manga, pop art and African art inspired by her experience as a Black Zimbabwean woman living in the UK.
Meanwhile RCA Graduate Miro King utilises masks in his creation of mythological and social satirical narratives in painting. Drawing inspiration from fairytales, pop-culture and emojis, he highlights society's issue with consumerism, vanity, escapism, and temptation.
It wouldn’t be The Other Art Fair without a few curious encounters, this time in the form of Harriet Riddell’s pieces created with a travelling sewing machine. She cycles it around the world, from the slums of Nairobi to the tea fields of the Himalayas, creating beautiful art from found debris. Gawain Bernard, meanwhile, offers something more traditional with stunning images taken in Wales combining a documentary style with poetic sensibilities to create a constructed visual narrative.
The Other Art Fair has created something different, combining affordable art with unforgettable experiences, with editions now in London, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, Sydney, and Melbourne. Hailed as ‘the future of art’ by The Guardian, The Other Art Fair will delight and inspire visitors with its diverse and immersive programme that has previously included interactive theatre, taxidermy classes, immersive dining, charity collaborations, guest artist installations, workshops, and a colourful line-up of renowned Guest Artists. If you’re looking for unusual encounters, this one’s for you.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR
Nearest stations: Shoreditch High Street, Old Street, Liverpool Street