It’s fantastic to see that a few new collateral events have launched during London Art Fair Week. This year the cold winter will be thawed by the ArtRooms Art Fair and Condo both well worth a look in.
ArtRooms Art Fair in Regent’s Park sees over 80 independent Artists From 33 countries showcased at the event. For the second year running, ARTROOMS will take over 70 Rooms at Meliá White House, a top four-star hotel next to Regent’s Park, coinciding with the London Art Fair weekend (23-25 January). The exhibition will showcase artists chosen by a cast of industry professionals, including artist Cedric Christie; curators, Diego Giolitti and Sofia Casarin; gallerist Kasia Morawska; and Sunday Telegraph’s chief art critic, Alastair Smart.
The spaces are giving for free to the selected artists. Although extremely beneficial, galleries have become a barrier to many artists that haven’t got into the art market circuit yet. Cristina Cellini Antonini, one of the three founders together with Chiara Canal and Francesco Fanelli, is very generous in seeking sponsorship to fund ARTROOMS, so talent and not wealth, will be the only reason to being invited to this unique project.
A respected veteran in the art industry, Cellini has organised art festivals in Italy and worked across several continents. She first saw the ‘ARTROOMS’ concept in South East Asia and was inspired to bring it to London. Cellini says: “There is no other event offering independent artists this level of exposure in the UK. After last year’s show we realised not only how much incredible talent exists, but also how difficult it is for independent artists to gain recognition. This show is a unique opportunity to find ‘the next Picasso’. Thanks to her determination, London Art Fair Week has positioned itself as the second most important week in the London annual arts calendar. ARTROOMS has had a big impact on the industry, paving the way for other innovative events such as ‘Condo’, which features 22 galleries across seven London spaces. ARTROOMS’s organisers will take this pioneering movement abroad, expanding to Dubai in 2017.
Selected Artists: Faisal Ahmed (Saudi Arabia), Estabrak Al-Ansari (Iraq), Inas Al-Soqi (United States), Zolt Asta (Hungary), Diego Baldoin (Italy), Emily Beza (United Kingdom), John Brennan (United Kingdom), Kit Brown (United Kingdom), Michael Cheung (Hong Kong), Anna Cortada (Spain), Angela Corti (Italy), Sarka Darton (Czech Republic), Claudia De Grandi (United Kingdom), Robert Lee Davis (United Kingdom), Alessandra De Costanzo (Italy), Patricia Del Monaco (Italy), Ale Dini (Italy), Melissa Eder (United States), Beatriz Elorza (Spain), Delfina Emmanuel (Italy), Jake Francis (United Kingdom), Jonathan Gershon (Israel), Otilia Goodhind (Spain), Roberto Grosso (Italy), Samuel Harriman (United Kingdom), Ernesto Heen (Germany), Evar Hussayini (Sweden), Angel Iliev (Ukraine), Irma Irsara (Italy), Lea Jazbec (Slovenia), Lyudmila Kalinichenko (Russia), Taro Karibe (Japan), Jon Kehoe (United Kingdom), Hyunsoo Kim (Germany – South Korea), Wendy Lee Warne (Singapore), Rosalind Lemoh (Sierra Leone), Silvia Lerin (Spain), Jung-Chan Liao (Taiwan), Dimitrios Likissas (Belgium), Michelle Loa Kum Cheung (Australia), Justine Luce (Latvia), Manja McCade (Germany), Jack Mclean (United Kingdom), Yuliya Martinova (United Kingdom) , Lialiana Mascio (Venezuela), Paola Minekov (Bulgaria), Ivona Moro (Slovenia), Sanaz Motamed Rastegar (Iran), Ange Mukeza (Congo), Ozlem Habibe Mutaf Buyukarman (Turkey), Milena Neubert (Bulgaria), Tony Okura-Martins (Brazilian-Japanese), Alice Padovani (Italy), Miodrag Peric (Serbia and Montenegro), Fariba Rahnavard (Iran), Ian Rayer-Smith (United Kingdom), Margot Roulleau-Gallais (France), MH Sarkis (Lebanon), Neil Shirreff (United Kingdom) , Shelley Theodore (Australia), Nicola Troll (United Kingdom), Joy Trpkovic (United Kingdom), Bobby van Druff (United States), Tinu Verghis (India), Enrique Verdugo (Afghanistan – Chile), Renata Vincoletto (Brazil), Milly Anne Vinogradoff (France), Simona Visan (Romania), Teresa Wells (United Kingdom), Maggie Williams (United Kingdom), Holly Wilson (United States), Liesha Yaz (United Kingdom), Egor Zigura (Ukraine)
Guests Artists: Peter Crnokrak, Daniela Papadia, Paolo Vegas, Lorenzo Belenguer, Michele Tombolini, Andrea Sampaolo, Will Thomson.
ARTROOMS 2016 22 – 25 January Meliá White House Albany St, Regent’s Park NW1 3UP London
Words/Photo Lorenzo Belenguer © artlyst 2016