Frieze Art Fair
Started in 2003, this has become a firm fixture on the contemporary art circuit, attracting lots of visitors to London, and generating several other mid-October London art events. It’s really aimed at serious shoppers, but is a good day out for any art aficionado. Enjoy nine specially-commissioned site-specific contemporary art works created for the fair.
New this year is an iPhone and iPad app to help you find your way around. Tickets cost £25 each (concessions, £15), but art lovers can explore the celebrated Frieze Sculpture Park free of charge. This is an impressive collection of international work in the English Gardens of Regent’s Park, just a short walk from the entrance to the fair.
* Regent's Park, Primrose Hill, NW1; call 020 3372 6111 or visit frieze.com.
Some 70 art galleries from the UK and around the world are showing at the 12th edition of this successful fair in a marquee at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Artists range from those big names you’ll know well to the new kids on the art block, with paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography, selling from a few hundred pounds to six figures sums. Tickets cost £12 for one, £18 for two, including a fully-illustrated catalogue.
* The Marquee, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3; 020 7259 9399; artlondon.net.
Handmade in Britain
Now in its fourth year, this much-loved selling show features around 75 selected designer-makers doing what it says on the label. They work with mainly locally-sourced materials to produce fashion, glass, furniture, stationery/paper, metalwork, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings. This year, there is a special focus on contemporary handmade jewellery. Tickets cost from £3-£5.
* Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3; 0207 729 5704; handmadeinbritain.co.uk.
The Affordable Art Fair
Established names and emerging talent combine at this popular fair, a great place for collectors and decorators alike, with art across all media for sale from £50 to £3,000. Novice collectors might like a Contemporary Art Society informal introductory talk, which includes a tour of the fair. The Recent Graduates’ Exhibition showcases exciting work from British art schools - spot tomorrow’s stars and hopefully make a future investment. Sculpture and print-making demos and workshops have an autumnal theme of “food glorious food.” Tickets range from £8-£20. Book before 18 October to save money: call 0870 777 2255.
* Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW11; www.affordableartfair.co.uk.
Week Two of this glittering event presents 90 designer makers of silverware and jewellery, selling their own work. Just the place to buy him or her that special ring. Admission by catalogue, £7, which can be bought on the door.
* Goldsmiths Hall, Foster Lane, EC2; 020 7606 7010; thegoldsmiths.co.uk.
Sunday Art Fair
Following a success in Berlin last year, this fair has now arrived in London. It’s nothing if not alternative, with 20 galleries from London, Zurich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York and more, showing an edgy mix of cutting edge and conceptual art from around 60 artists. The venue is a vast triple-height subterranean space, with artists creating a bar and mixing cocktails. And it’s free.
* P3 Ambica, 35 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1. Visit sunday-fair.com.
Set up to challenge the established art fairs, this new event features street art with graffiti and stencils.
* Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2; monikerartfair.com.
Pavilion of Art & Design
Arguably controversial “design art” was invented - or at least popularised – by this influential fair which is coming to London for the fourth time. So, can/should design be art? Here’s the chance to judge for yourself.
“You’ll find the ultimate blend of excellence, connoisseurship and sophistication,” claim the experienced organisers Perrin and Stéphane Custot. They have marshalled 47 top international dealers - a formidable roll call from London, Milan, Geneva, Barcelona, Brussels, Zurich, Paris, Cologne and New York. On show is contemporary furniture, lighting, art and sculpture, plus vintage pieces, photography and (new for this year) tribal art. Tickets cost £20, children and students (with accreditation) are free.
* Berkeley Square, W1; padlondon.net.
Fabrications: sewing and knitting classes
An autumn programme (including weekly get-togethers) has been organised by the redoubtable Barley Massey. It includes a Patchwork Quilting taster class on Sunday afternoon, 17 October, £20 (concessions, £15). Then Beginners’ Knitting is on Sunday afternoon, 24 October, at the same price, as is Piecing Patchwork on Sunday afternoon, 31 October.
* Off Broadway, 63 - 65 Broadway Market, Hackney E8; 020 7275 8043; fabrications1.co.uk.
The Knitting and Stitching Show 2010
This is the ultimate event for textile/fashion/craft creation with over 400 exhibitors selling materials, equipment, kits and so on that you just won’t see elsewhere – hand-dyed wool from the Welsh valleys for example.
Plus a packed programme of demos, talks and workshops, and a gallery of beautiful textile art, with many pieces for sale. Visiting this year is the paper biennale from Holland, with sculptures, jewellery and more, fashioned from this seemingly most fragile of materials. Tickets are £14 (concessions £12, children £6). Free parking.
* Alexander Palace, Alexander Palace Way, Wood Green, N22; 01394 288251; twistedthread.com.
Covent Garden cooking demos
One hour every Thursday until Christmas, from 5.30 to 6.30pm
These demos are live, and free of charge, with top chefs bringing their culinary tips from the capital’s favourite restaurants. They include Gary Lee of The Ivy and Richard Kirkwood of J Sheekey and J Sheekey Oyster Bar. Some of London’s most respected reveal the tips of their trade. You can also enjoy the Real Food Market, which runs every Thursday on the Covent Garden Piazza.
* North Hall, Covent Garden Market Building, WC2.
Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair
This autumn, this busy fair returns to Sandown Park Racecoure for the third time. It has increased in size and now features best pieces from over 30 dealers, with prices from £100. The dealers, mostly members of either BADA or LAPADA, are selling town and country furniture, carpets and rugs, 19th century and contemporary sculpture, Victorian and modern paintings, jewellery, silver, glass, porcelain, objets d’art and much more. Tickets cost £5 including re-admission and catalogue.
* Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey; 01797 252030; esherhallfair.com.