London Print Fair @ Royal Academy

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend my first ever art fair. I was lucky enough to get an invite to the London Print Fair at the Royal Academy, the longest running specialist print fair.

In it’s 27th year the fair houses over 50 exhibitors showcasing prints from the renaissance until the present day with inclusions from artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry. It has also been inspired by the Diamond Jubilee and many works by artists such as Peter Blake and Andy Warhol portray the Queen.

The fair was a thriving market of buyers and sellers not anything like what I had envisaged. It is a complete juxtaposition to going to an exhibition at a gallery and is an eye opener as to just how alive the art market is. While the works here are definitely not cheap, it is an opportunity to understand more about the individual pricing and worth of art as well as seeing many artists such as Hockney, Freud and Picasso all in one room.

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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