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Melina Rauter
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British Art Fair 2023: Explore the Best of Modern and Contemporary British Art

Gwen John, La Petite Negresse, Gouache and Pencil on Paper, Courtesy Christopher Kingzett 

The British Art Fair returns for its 32nd edition, showcasing the finest Modern British and Contemporary British Art at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery from September 28 to October 1.

Since its inception in 1988, the British Art Fair has been a beacon for Modern British Art enthusiasts, featuring renowned artists such as Bridget Riley, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, and more. This year, the fair continues its tradition of offering fine and rare works, specially curated for art enthusiasts and collectors.

Under the ownership of Ramsay Fairs, last year's fair introduced fresh initiatives and welcomed over 10,000 visitors. The 2023 edition features over 70 exhibitors, including long-time supporters of the fair and newcomers. Exhibitors include Osborne Samuel, Jonathan Clark, Patrick Bourne, and others. Notably, the fair presents a special exhibition titled "Crossing Borders: Internationalism in Modern British Art," showcasing artists from around the world who contributed significantly to British culture during the 20th century.

Charlie Phillips Notting Hill Couple, Photograph 1967

Additionally, the "SOLO CONTEMPORARY" section, curated by Zavier Ellis, spotlights rising stars from the UK's most exciting young galleries. It's a testament to the fair's commitment to championing British art and artists.

Ines Fernandez de Cordova - Disipar - 2023. Courtesy Jealous Gallery 

Colin Gleadell, Art Market Columnist and British Art Fair Committee Member, reports that the British art market continues to thrive, demonstrating resilience in the face of global challenges. Despite the pandemic, conflicts, and economic uncertainty, the market has shown an impressive 3% increase in turnover, with certain segments, such as female artists and previously unrecognized talents, making significant strides.

International charity WaterAid returns as the official charity for the 2023 British Art Fair. After the success of last year's "Art of Change" exhibition, which featured works by renowned artists, including David Hockney and Rankin, the charity will curate a new exhibition of climate-themed artworks. These exclusive pieces, featuring bespoke slogans related to the climate crisis, will be available for purchase during the fair. All proceeds from the sale of these artworks will support WaterAid's mission to provide clean water access to vulnerable communities worldwide.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of British art at the British Art Fair 2023. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Britain and explore the dynamic works of contemporary artists at Saatchi Gallery this autumn.

Event Details and Tickets

The British Art Fair will take place at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4RY, from September 28th to October 1st, 2023. Opening hours are as follows:

  • Collectors' Preview: Thursday, September 28th, 12noon – 9pm
  • Friday, September 29th: 11am – 8pm
  • Saturday, September 30th: 11am – 6pm
  • Sunday, October 1st: 11am – 5pm (Last entry is half an hour before closing)

To attend this event, it is advisable to pre-book tickets, which can be purchased here. Ticket options include:

  • Collectors' Preview: £50
  • Advance Admission: £20
  • Concessions: £17 (for over 65s, full-time students, and those in receipt of jobseeker's allowance or income support)
  • Advance Access Admission: £17 (for disabled visitors and Blue Badge holders; includes a free carer/companion ticket)
  • Under 16s: Free (booking required, must be accompanied by an adult)

Please note that ticket prices do not include booking fees.

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