Over 140 artists will take over London's iconic Old Truman Brewery for the 34th edition of The Other Art Fair this month, half of whom will be women.
With an exciting new programme of events including guest exhibitions, site-specific installations, engaging workshops and curated projects addressing the fair’s global 2019 Greener Future theme, the fair, presented by Saatchi, offers a dynamic and immersive presentation of some of the most exciting and adventurous emerging creatives from around the world.
Featuring a rich selection of sculpture, works on paper, photography and painting, the lineup of artists includes Victoria Topping, Steve McPherson, Justin Robertson, Gary Baseman, Lucille Clerc, Kristjana Williams, Luke Adam Hawker, Anna Louise Felstead, Stephanie Hadad, Kiro Melo, Izaskun Gonzalez, Stacy Gibboni, Fujiko Rose, Ella Thomas, John Pedder, Oliver Gomm and Joshua Blackburn.
In 2019, The Other Art Fair is setting itself the challenge of creating a Greener Future and all twelve of the fair’s global editions this year are to focus on issues of sustainability in a special programme curated by arts broadcaster and Soho House Head of Collections Kate Bryan. Kate has programmed a year-long series of events, initiatives and exhibitions within the fair context to highlight climate change and put forward environmentally friendly art and ideas.
Highlights will include Upcycle, a unique initiative, allowing visitors the chance to have old artworks reworked for a nominal fee. Visitors to the fair are encouraged to bring an unwanted print, an unloved old artwork or a piece resigned to the junk-pile for an established artist to 'upcycle'. The exciting line-up of artists taking part in the daily programme includes Charming Baker.
The fair will have a permanent Feedback Wall which will be designed by a local artist and will allow visitors to leave ideas and suggestions to further the cause. Part of an ongoing effort to create a guilt-free, engaged audience of art lovers who help each other be more eco-aware.
Beccy McCray will present The Full Circle, a playful installation artwork that uses tens of thousands of reclaimed ‘hole-punches’ to simulate snow. This physically immersive work is a reflection on consumption and the vast amount of waste generated over the festive season – and the impact this has on our fragile environment.
Visitors will step into the 16th London edition of the fair through a vibrant entrance installation by Australian born, Bristol-based illustrator Anna Higgie in her signature "cutouts" style, comprising of colourful plants, shapes and creatures. Anna will also be selling prints and illustrations.
Unmissable is a unique exhibition of portraits by emerging and established artists that depict the faces of missing persons to mark the 25th anniversary of the Missing People charity. The exhibition is curated by Ben Moore, whose brother Tom has been missing since 2003. Unveiled for the first time at the fair, the works will also be available to bid on via the Paddle8 auction site, with all proceeds going to Missing People.
The Illustration Corner will see an emerging illustrator host a daily interactive drop-in project which visitors can participate in for free. Participating artists Charlotte Ager, Rachel Hillis, Benjamin Phillips and Erin Aniker.
One of the highlights of The Illustration Corner is a ‘Protest & Power’ poster workshop led by London based illustrator Erin Aniker, who will be encouraging you to create and take home your own feminist poster design.
Open to all drawing abilities, Erin will provide a variety of illustrated black and white poster templates of renowned feminist icons to embellish using provided art materials. There will also be blank poster templates for more confident drawers to fill with their illustrations and personal feminist heroes. You can choose to take your poster home with you, gift it to a friend or hang it up as part of a wall art installation at a drop-in workshop during The Other Art Fair.
Rebecca Mason's Neon Health Service (NHS) Department of Light Therapy returns to The Other Art Fair with The Sorry Stall. Offering visitors the chance to apologise for mistakes and regrets – this is the time to recognise that apologising is not a sign of weakness but rather an act of kindness. With 2018 having been a year of big public apologies combined with an increasing insistence on being 'right,' Mason's installation is as powerful and relevant as ever. The artist will take a selection of the apologies and use them on the formal background to an “I am sorry” neon to be released later in 2019.
March’s featured Guest Artist is Los Angeles-based Gary Baseman who will present an immersive experience called The Purr Room where Baseman shares the healing power of his pet cat Blackie’s purr through an experiential art installation. Blackie is Gary's sage, muse, and guru; a magical, mystical talking cat with a special triple purr that is deep, resonant, and grounding.
A response to the chaos and noise of the world and daily news, Baseman will ask attendees to pause and think about who they love unconditionally, what a hug feels like, and to draw a favourite pet. Afterwards a single person or small group enter The Purr Room to listen and feel the “power of purr.” Baseman will also offer two limited edition prints for purchase, The Power of Purr and The Sanctum of Purr.
In a world where perhaps nothing is how it first seems, Creative Giants will present Analogue / Digital, an immersive installation arena in the fair, showcasing artists at the forefront of the UK’s contemporary art scene, across all media, that comfortably inhabit the analogue-digital space; artists whose work explores, embraces, challenges or radically opposes analogue, digital or a mash-up of the two.
The Other Art Fair will run from 14-17 March 2019 at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QR. Discover more at www.theotherartfair.com.