LGBT artists at the London Art Fair 2024

London Art Fair 2024
Tim Firmager
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London Art Fair returns to the UK capital in January 2024 and includes numerous LGBT artists represented by the presenting galleries.

London Art Fair

The London Art Fair offers both curious and seasoned art collectors a diverse presentation of modern and contemporary art, alongside curated displays, and an inspiring programme of talks, tours and performances. For those who want to find out more about specific artists, perhaps to aid them decide on a piece to buy for an investment or collection, the London Art Fair is a great place to start.

This year the London Art Fair returns for its 36 season, running 17 – 21 January 2024.

Sitting alongside the main fair, there will be curated sections Encounters and Photo50 which feature the next generation of artists, collectives and gallerists; showcasing increasingly innovative and interactive ways to engage with art. As well as gallery line up (detailed below) there will also be an extensive programme of engaging talks, panel discussions, interactive performance art, and onsite activities.

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Galleries at the London Art Fair 2024

This year will see the participation of over 120 galleries from around the world, including Japan, Portugal and Turkey, with new exhibitors Bluerider Art, Stowe Arthouse Gallery, Liss Llewellyn and Common Sense Gallery; alongside returning names such as Gilden’s Art Gallery, Jill George Gallery and Jonathan Clarke. The Fair will feature work by some of the world’s most renowned artists working across a variety of media, including sculpture, prints, paintings, photography and ceramics, from artists including Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley and David Hockney.

London Art Fair has partnered with Charleston for its annual Museum Partnership. Situated in the South Downs National Park, Charleston was the modernist home and studio of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and the regular meeting place of some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers and thinkers, known collectively as the Bloomsbury Group. This year at the London Art Fair Charleston will present select works by Bloomsbury group artists, including Vanessa Bell’s portrait of Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant’s fireplace screen and painting of the farmhouses at Charleston, as well as Omega ceramics from a private collection.

The 2024 Platform section of the Fair brings together art that shines a light on queer love and life selected by guest curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley, whose group exhibition ‘Dreaming of Home’ is currently on view at Leslie Lohman Museum of Art in New York City. In the early 20th century, the historic house and artist studio became a queer space for members of the Bloomsbury Group, including Virginia Woolf. The name of Platform’s exhibition, A Million Candles, Illuminating Queer Love and Life, takes inspiration from a quote from Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando, an imaginative biography of her lover and muse Vita Sackville-West in which the protagonist changes sex from male to female.

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Rolls-Bentley brings together art from ten galleries that reflects the resilience, beauty and passion of queer love and life. Tin Man Art will present oil paintings by multidisciplinary artist Zach Toppin, who reimagines queer histories in order to construct new pathways of understanding, while Brushes with Greatness Gallery will feature work by James Dearlove, whose paintings explore both the desire and the disquietude in the human experience through his own experience as a queer man, and Soho Revue will focus on Nooka Shepherd’s tarot etchings. Meanwhile, Janet Rady Fine Art will present work from Bahraini artist and photographer Ghada Kunji’s FaRIDA series, an exploration of her pain in relation to others.

Gemma Rolls-Bentley said: “I’m delighted to be working with the London Art Fair to curate Platform 2024 in response to this year’s partnership with Charleston. I’m fascinated by the historic house and the stories of the creative community that thrived there. As a queer person I find something extremely validating and nourishing about spending time in a place that’s so rich with LGBTQ+ history because our histories are so often erased or difficult to uncover. I’m taking an artist-led approach to curating the section of the fair and I’m excited to present art that comes from a wide range of diverse perspectives as we illuminate queer love and life at a time when LGBTQ+ life is facing increasing challenges in the UK and globally.”

Where is the London Art Fair

This year, the London Art Fair is hosted at London’s Business Design Centre in Islington: 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH.

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For more information and to book tickets to attend, visit londonartfair.co.uk.

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.