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 with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and has written for After Nyne, Arteviste, Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, ReOrient and Suitcase Magazine. Lizzy is also curator of Arab Women Artists Now - AWAN 2018 (London).

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