The UK is home to a series of spectacular events throughout the year, including art exhibitions, antique fairs, festivals, shows and more.
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For the past two years, many of these shows have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
The events that did go ahead, did so virtually. And as impressive as it is that we can hold and attend such fantastic events without even leaving our homes, we have all missed the hustle and bustle of a real antique fair, right?
Hopefully, 2022 is going to be different. There are hopes that our favourite fine art and antique events will go ahead as normal. In this blog, we’re outlining the best fine art and antique events set to take place in 2022.
Ardingly International Antiques And Collectors Fair
Ardingly International Fair is one of many antiques and collectors fairs held by the IACF (the official organiser of antique fairs in the UK). IACF also hosts antique fairs in Peterborough, Somerset, Newbury, Newark and the heart of London.
But Ardingly is the first big antique fair of the year. And what an antique fair it is! It is the largest antiques fair to take place in the South of England, and due to its proximity to the channel, Ardingly is attended by local, national AND international dealers and buyers.
Plus, Ardingly has a strong reputation as one of the UK antique fairs where quality European decorative items can be found. It takes place 18-19 January 2022 and details can be found here.
London Art Fair
London Art Fair has taken place for more than 30 years. Hosted in January, it is considered the event that opens the art calendar for the year.
In 2022, London Art Fair will return to the Business Design Centre in Islington for its 34th year. The prestigious fair provides an opportunity to showcase, discover, buy and sell amazing Modern and Contemporary Art.
When it launched in 1989, the fair exhibited work from 36 UK galleries. At the 32nd annual event, London Art Fair welcomed 129 galleries from 14 countries, along with 23,000 attendees.
The fair takes place from 19-23 January 2022 and details can be found here.
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (known as The Decorative Fair) launched in 1985 and now hosts three events each year; a Winter Fair, Spring Fair and Autumn Fair. It is a family-owned event designed to bring together the antiques and interior design trades.
The Winter Fair, which takes place 25-30 January 2022, features 160 exhibitors showcasing a “discipline of antiques, fine and decorative art and 20th-century design, dating from the 1700s to the 1970s”. It also features The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair, which has 18 specialist exhibitors.
The Spring fair takes place 4-8 May 2022 and is the must-visit event for interior designers and those looking for unique indoor and outdoor furniture, antiques, fine and decorative art and 20th-century design.
And the Autumn fair takes place 4-9 October and is the third and final event of 2022. All events take place at Battersea Park in London. More information can be found here.
The Northern Antiques Fair
This annual art and antiques fair takes place from 29th September – 2nd October 2022 in Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales. It was originally established in 1951 and today The Northern Antique fair features high-quality specialist dealers, showcasing a wide and varied range of fine art and antiques.
The exhibitors are primarily members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Whether you are in the market for a European watercolour, vintage watch or 19th-century sculpture, The Northern Antiques Fair will have something for you.
Find out more here.
Lincolnshire Antiques And Home Show – By Arthur Swallow Fairs
The huge antiques and home show in Lincoln is an unmissable event for antique dealers, collectors, retail buyers, interior designers, landscape gardeners and anyone with a keen eye for stylish living.
It takes place on several dates throughout the year and attracts people from all over the world. In 2022, the Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show will take place in March, June, August, October and November. Find out more here.
Transporting Antiques And Fine Art
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