Art Fairs

Life In the Arts Lane - Week 94 - Post Olympia Reflections

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The costs of doing a fair are massively high in comparison to the annual rent of a shop. Yet, fairs continue to proliferate.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 82 - Build to Bang

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Arriving on site in high viz with my steel-toe-capped boots, there is a frenetic energy crackling in the atmosphere. The exhibitors' own contractors a...

Affordable Art: Student Investment Or Taxation On The Grocery Budget?

Henry Broome | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Henry Broome

As a student, the money you invest in affordable in art may well perish like the groceries you sought to avoid budgeting for, but the fair caters for a demographic with a disposable income. So see art at this level as an indulgence to be enjoyed later in life rather a scheme to help stay off budgeting.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 81 - 36 Hours in Basel

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

For the last 5 years I have been to Basel to help vet the Design Fair. I join with Simon Andrews from Christie's and a small group of exhibitors and w...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 78 - an Atrocity in Brussels

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am sad, very sad. For the last few days I have been haunted by the news of the man who pulled up outside the Jewish museum in Brussels, and shot and killed two visitors and a member of staff. There are photographs on the internet of him firing through the door.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 77 - Stanley Spencer Lobster and Burgundian snails

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I began the week with Lobster thermidor and ended it with half a dozen Burgundian snails; or, I began the week with the Stanley Spencer exhibition at Pallant House in Chichester and ended it with the fabulous 13th century Tour du Guet in Calais. It all depends on how you look at your week.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 73 - Work Work Work

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Knuckling down is a great phrase which simultaneously calls to mind the twin thoughts of hard work and orangutans. After the Easter break there was a ...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 72 - Easter in Bourgogne, with Salt and Wine

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In Burgundy on Sunday I spotted a small 'vide grenier' in the picturesque village of Riel-les-Eaux - even though antique dealing is my job I cannot resist doing it as a hobby too.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 71 - Shopping and Sipping in the South

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Sunday it's goodbye to the Oval, London, and hello to Montpellier, Languedoc, where Michael, my carpet dealer friend and I picked up a rental car and drove to Avignon.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 68 - TEFAF and Beyond

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday brought a visit to another fair. I had missed the opening, on Wednesday, of the BADA fair in Chelsea. This fair is a quintessentially British fair and it has a distinct aura of country weekends and weddings in marquees.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 66 - Here We Go Again

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Masterpiece is at a fulcrum moment and it is always the case that TEFAF comes at that crucial moment, the last few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of exhibitors are falling into place and we are ready to move from the plan stage to the build stage.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 65 - Silence

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Last Thursday night the drain burst outside the Oval tube station, in the Clapham Road, where I live. That most disturbing partnership of the words 'raw' and 'sewage' came into play as the road and its neighbours were awash to above waist height.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 64 - Change or No Change

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week ended in the King's Road with James Harvey, who has been a great source of creative ideas over the last few years. He is constantly planning and plotting how to improve and develop his business; it is great to admire his verve and consider how many dealers' businesses would benefit from his level of energy.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 62 - Three Lunches and Water Everywere

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In London work carries on as semi-normal. Certainly the profound and crucial ritual of lunch continues unabated.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 60 - Battersea and BRAFA Sandwiches and Oysters

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The fun began on Tuesday, the doors to the Battersea decorative fair were flung open and everyone flocked to Mrs Sungoose's stand. At one point I noted over 25 people huddling avidly and greedily over her display cases.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Life in the Arts lane - Week 58 - Nature and Art

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I drove down to Dorset to visit the artist Simon Gudgeon. He has created an amazing aquatic sculpture park. Some years ago he bought a struggling fish farm and has redeveloped it into a wonderful and surprising walk of figurative and abstract sculpture.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 53 - Paris and a Prayer

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday and I am on the train to Paris. Not that the early part of the week was dull in London. In fact, far from it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 49 - Road trip to Namur

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

You have got to love a road trip. The car, the road, the intense conversations, and people sleeping while you drive. There is a wonderful sense of pastoral care as you drive in darkness and all the other occupants are sound asleep. I don't know why, but I love it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 48 - An Auction House 'After Hours'

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Banksy is all the rage in NY at the moment as he has blazed through the city graffittying hither and thither and stirring up a hornet's nest of opinion about what art is. The outgoing Mayor has ultimately spoken that all graffiti should be removed, but Banksy's celebrity means that people are trying to preserve the work. Complex indeed.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 46 - Deep Frieze

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The heavy wagons of the contemporary art world have rumbled into London. Christies and Sotheby's have punched sales up, with the evenings offering eac...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 45 - Poached Eggs and Cold Feet

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Some weeks start on Sunday, some on Monday, and every now and again you encounter a rogue week. This was one of those. Last week obdurately hung on until Tuesday night when I landed back in London from Hong Kong.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 44 - Fine Art Asia

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

A seven hour time difference and an eleven hour flight can mess with your head. I am in Hong Kong and the boxy red taxi is speeding me to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I'm in a state of confusion about what time it is and how hungry I am.

Week 41- Life in the Arts Lan e- The Bridge at Avignon

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I have been in Avignon for a few days in advance of that five times annually triple Brocantes at Beziers, Montpellier, and Avignon

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 35 - Hungry in Hungary

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

When you meet a Hungarian the first thing they will tell you is that they like to eat and drink. That is certainly true, but also only half the story....