Art imitates life on a regular basis in the sumptuously elegant districts that lie to the immediate west and southwest of London’s city centre with museums, art galleries and design colleges forming a creative epicentre to which the discerning eye and wallet is invariably drawn.
Simply put: beautiful homes need beautiful content and where better to look for those must-have items with which to create a stunning rental home that will attract a top notch tenant than the various fairs that take place regularly in Kensington, Chelsea and Battersea.
Contemporary studio ceramics take centre stage at the Royal College of Art from the 12th to 14th of April and over 75 notable specialists of this craft will showcase their creations with prices ranging from a mere £12 to £4000. Informative talks will be given so that even if you are new to this design genre, you won’t feel out of your depth as you can quickly gain the confidence of a seasoned buyer. There will also be a competitive element to the exhibition as a panel of experts will be on hand to award prizes to outstanding entries with a special emphasis on up and coming talent.
The Old Chelsea Town Hall, a work of art in itself, provides the intimate setting for the
Chelsea Art Fair. Under new management, the event has put a £500 minimum value on items as it seeks to maintain exclusivity and quality. Everything here will be limited edition and highly collectible with entries from such famous names as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst sure to draw the attention of serious art buffs. Residents living in nearby Imperial Wharf are bound to swing by on the off chance of being able to snap up an exclusive bargain before heading on down the Kings Road for some antique shopping. The Chelsea Art Fair will run from the 11th to the 14th of April www.chelseaartfair.org
The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park will take place from the 23rd to 27th of October and will be a handy option for those of us wanting to add some seasonal flair to their London rental property. Contemporary designs will feature prominently making the fair a great place for picking up a unique gift or a statement piece of art to add character to any Battersea home. Friendly, quirky and colourful with space for over a hundred exhibitors, there will be a kids area, coffee shop and wine bar available as the organisers seek to establish a family-friendly feel to the event.
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