[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s a new art fair in town, showcasing contemporary and modern art work from galleries all over the world under one roof at the Olympia Grand Hall- ART14 . It’s only on throughout this weekend, so if you happen to have no plans tomorrow, I highly recommend paying it a visit! Standard tickets are £18, but completely worth it. The Hall is enormous and even after browsing for a couple of hours, I feel like I only scratched the surface.
There’s a champagne bar in the middle of all the galleries and if that’s not your poison, a steaming cup of the good stuff- perfect for a coffee monster like me. There are cafes scattered around the sides of the Hall if you get hungry, in fact the queues didn’t look too bad. But I just didn’t trust myself to munch on a sandwich AND a coffee whilst looking at beautiful art- I wasn’t blessed with graceful genes!
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger?
There were a couple of live installations while we were there- there was a random group of people- who looked like any other visitors to the exhibit- surrounding a sculpture and singing ‘oohhhhmmmmm’ in unison. There was another installation, that happened every hour for 3 minutes- these guys here:
This was for the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. I’m not sure if they’ll be around tomorrow, but if they are, it’s worth making it on time for a performance.
This etching print is one my favourites. I did lots of etching work at school, there was something so satisfying with the process- scratching out the picture on a metal plate, dipping it into acid and paint and then putting the paper through the press hoping it turns out nice…ahh, many happy hours spent in the art studio at school, listening to the radio. I also got to wear overalls instead of my hideous school uniform (a pleated tartan maxi skirt- enough said) , it was a win win situation.
This is the second year that this Art fair has taken place, I hope it becomes a regular annual event. I still can’t get my head around the number of galleries inside, in fact I was overwhelmed where to go and what to see. Tickets are still available, honestly go- even if you travelled around the world twice, you wouldn’t take in as many art galleries as this. Head towards Kensington Olympia and the Grand Hall is right there- you can’t miss it!